Stories by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

You do not see this often in an airliner - Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren

What do cowboy boots, Frankfurt Germany, and Merle Haggard have in common?

C’mon, any guesses? Any?

Well if you read the title of this post, thereby inadvertently cheating, you’d probably wager something to do with Condor Airlines launching its brand-new service to Austin, Texas—and you’d be right. The German leisure carrier began linking Frankfurt and the capital of the Lone Star State last Monday, and you can bet AirlineReporter was on the scene.

The day started off at the check-in counter in Frankfurt. Condor paid for the tickets, and was nice enough to put me up in their business cabin—previously dubbed Comfort Class—aboard the Boeing 767-300. Tickets were quickly in hand and it was off to gate C4 to catch the flight.

Like many inaugural flights, the airline and airport put together a nice event at the gate for the passengers. A table full of free (non-alcoholic) drinks, a giant cake in the shape of Texas, little American flags draped across the ceiling, and an Austin-based country musician playing live music were all on hand.

Looking out the window is always great IFE.

I’ve always enjoyed reading stories of AvGeek’s first flights. The particulars vary, but the basic arc is usually the same: three-year-old self spends the entire time glued to the window in a hushed awe as the cornfields of Iowa stroll by four miles below. And lo’: an AvGeek is born.

That wasn’t me. I mean, I liked looking at the airplanes just fine. That was awesome from day one. But actually flying in them? That was another matter.

Two-year-old me hated every last waking moment of my first flight. And, according to my parents, I made sure everyone within earshot knew it. My blood-curdling screams, which I’m told lasted most of the flight between Boston Logan and Minneapolis via Detroit, were endearing enough to encourage many of my fellow fliers on board to pick up and find somewhere—anywhere—else to ride out the two-hour living hell (Editor’s note: Jeremy still reacts similarly today).

We recently paid a visit to China Airlines’ (CI) primary maintenance facility, located at Taoyuan International Airport outside Taipei. The monster facility–which held three Boeing 747-400s and an Airbus A340-300 at the time–is able to perform all standard maintenance regimens from A to D checks, as well as landing gear replacement and painting. Unfortunately for […]