August has rolled around, and it’s time for our first Sunday Reads weekly digest of the month. Let’s take a look back at some of our top stories from the last seven days!
68-Year-Old New Zealand Passenger Plane Eyes Retirement
Today’s airline industry is one of great modernity, and airlines worldwide are working hard to bring their fleet up to current youthful standards. However, certain older aircraft have managed to beat this trend, with a Convair 580 in New Zealand having only recently retired after 68 years of service! You can read more about this classic airliner here.
ANA Launches Two-Night A380 Staycations
With the Airbus A380 fleet at All Nippon Airways having struggled to find regular usage since the start of the pandemic, ANA has had to get creative to keep them active. Having already operated various scenic ‘flights to nowhere,’ the Japanese carrier is now set to use the superjumbo to take passengers on a two-night staycation in Japan.
Why Did United Airlines Fly A Brand New Boeing 737 MAX 8 To Oshkosh?
You may have seen recently that United Airlines flew to Oshkosh, Wisconsin with one of its new 737 MAX 8s, despite not serving the airport. As it happens, the reason for the trip was to highlight its continued commitment to pilot training at the EAA AirVenture show. You can read more about this rare and interesting journey here.
Boeing 777s Retired: Delta Air Lines’ Widebody Development
Although Delta’s fleet no longer features any Boeing 777s, the Atlanta-based US legacy carrier still has a fair bit of variety when it comes to widebodies. Simple Flying took a closer look at the exact makeup and usage of its present twin-aisle fleet.
Southwest Airlines Wants To Grow But One Constraint Remains
As a low-cost carrier, Southwest Airlines is well-positioned to make a recovery as leisure travel rebounds this summer. However, its CEO sees one particular obstacle for such an expansion. Take a look at what exactly this constraint is in the article here.
Huge Fleet: Avolon Has 581 Planes With An Average Age Of 5.5 Years
Aircraft lessors play a key role in ensuring that airlines can operate the fleets they want even if buying aircraft outright is beyond their means. Avolon is one such leasing giant, and Simple Flying took a look at its 581-strong fleet of young aircraft here.
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