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Alaska Airlines’ Internal Note On An External Wing

Last Saturday, the 28th of July 2012,  as Alaska Airlines‘ Boeing 737-790 N611AS flew along passengers noticed some writing in black magic marker on the aircraft’s starboard side, with an arrow pointing to a cut out in the flap.   While the crescent shaped cut out on the 737’s outboard flap has clearly been machine…

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Photographing Airplanes … Don’t Be So Boring

Having grown up watching planes fly over my house, all day and night, and having spent the last 27 years (of my 37 years on this Earth) generally found with a camera in my hand, it is only natural that I can at times be found shooting photos of airplanes. Over the years I’ve shot…

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Flying Near A Crying Baby? DEAL WITH IT! – Revisited

Today I planned to write about a very different topic, but somewhere early this morning I got side tracked by an unrelated conversation with a friend that got me thinking about flying with babies (no, I am not having a baby … I’ve already have three kids, currently aged 5, 7 and 12). As I…

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The Best Airline April Fools Gag Goes To …WestJet Again

It is April Fools Day once again, and airlines around the world have launched their annual gags.   This year was a tough choice to make my decision, so I’ll start with the two that were nearly chosen as the best Airline April Fools Gag, both airlines with a Union Jack on their aircraft.   First…

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Southwest Dedicates Its First 737-800 To Its Employees

Southwest Airlines is known for its tireless staff going to great lengths to ensure customer satisfaction.  Within the airline employees follow a corporate culture known as the “Warrior Spirit“, which includes Work Hard, Desire To Be The Best, Be Courageous, Display Urgency, Persevere, Innovate.   Many air carriers name aircraft for very important people, but…

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PeoplExpress Is Back … well sort of, maybe not

Yesterday the newest airline in the United States was unveiled, sort of, at Virginia’s Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport … the airline sports a familiar name, a familiar logo and a familiar launch route the airline is PeoplExpress.   Back on the 30th of April 1981, only a few years after airlines were deregulated in the…

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Happy 108th Birthday Airplanes!

On December 17th 1903, a morning, not unlike today, sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight become a reality in Kill Devil Hills, Dare County, North Carolina, when Orville and Wilbur Wright launched the Wright Flyer into the skies and into history. The Wright Brothers’ Wright Flyer, 21 feet 1 inch long, constructed of giant spruce…

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Does Air Zimbabwe Know Its Time Is Up?

Air Zimbabwe, not an airline of much consequence to global travel, or even travel in its region anymore, but the airline knows how to make headlines in places where people probably can’t even tell you the capital of Zimbabwe (it’s Harare by the way).     Over the past year Flying With Fish has written…

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Reader Mail: What Is Your Favourite Airplane Paint Job?

It has been a while since I’ve dug into reader mail, and tonight I was reminded of this while checking out the airplane photography of Leighton Matthews … so let’s dig in … today’s reader mail comes from H.M. Kumar who asks  “With all the fanciful  airplane designs airlines are using for promotions and branding,…

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Air Zimbabwe Plane Repo’d & IATA Halts Ticket Sales

Earlier this month I wrote about the troubles of the beleaguered Air Zimbabwe in this post – Air Zimbabwe Skirts Sanctions Narrowly Flying By.   While it may seem as if things could not get much worse for the airline, they have.   Last week, the troubled Air Zimbabwe’s problems took a turn worse as…

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