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Miles flown for stories
2015: 128,383
2014: 363,407
Total: 1,049,984

VIDEO: Airbus A380s Landing at LAX

This video, by SpeedbirdHD, highlights multiple Airbus A380s landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The video shows Qantas, Air France, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air and China Southern all touching down. So which one landed the best?

Follow — Self Promotion Can Be a Good Thing

Our Twitter page. It is a good thing.

Our Twitter page. It is a good thing.

Hello AvGeeks,

Every once in a while it is good to remind everyone how you can connect with We know that some of you just want to glance at the site every once in a while to see what is up, but others of you want to fully dive into what we offer. The choice is yours, but we always love more people following us in different ways and here is how you can do it:

You might also want to start following our favorite writers as well on Twitter [now, our personal Twitters do not always represent the official thoughts of, but mostly they do]:

A big thank you to each and every one of you for your continued support. So far in 2013, we have flown over 162,000 miles to bring you some pretty amazing stories and we are excited to keep going.

Cheers, Team

United Airlines Re-Inaugurates 787 Dreamliner Flights

A United Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Photo by Jack Harty /

A United Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Photo by Jack Harty /

An excerpt from Jack Harty’s story on

More than one hundred days after the FAA grounded the 787, United Airlines flew their first post-grounding 787 flight from Houston to Chicago on May 20. More than 200 passengers, including executives from both Boeing and United, made history as they spent part of their day cruising at 41,000 feet and at a Mach speed of 0.85 on United flight 1 to mark the return of United’s Dreamliners.

On September 22, 2012, United Airlines quietly took delivery of their first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and, six days later, they ferried it to Houston, Texas where a large crowd of employees and local journalists joined to celebrate United’s dream come true.

However, United still had to receive certification from the FAA to fly passengers. It was a long five weeks for United as they conducted safety drills, practiced aircraft servicing, and flew several proving runs to Amsterdam, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, and Tokyo. United’s second 787 was delivered on October 31 which was several days late as Boeing experienced delays. United had to scrub several 787 flights due to the delay.

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Flying on an Air Koryo Ilyushin IL-18 in North Korea

Iluyshin IL-18. Photo by Bernie. Leighton.

An Air Koryo Ilyushin IL-18. Photo by Bernie Leighton.

I was lucky enough recently to visit the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). In retrospect, I went to DPRK for this aircraft. It is such a wonderful aircraft that I periodically investigate how to buy one. That plane would be the Ilyushin IL-18.

Modern aircraft, even modern turboprops, have one glaring flaw. They are not loud enough.

While I love the first and business products aboard A380s, one person snoring can ruin the entire flight. I admit most people probably are not like me and don’t consider the risk of permanent hearing damage to be something they’d want out of a regular passenger transport flight. I will, forever, consider them wrong.

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Icelandair Begins Anchorage to Iceland Service

Icelandair Boeing 757 in Anchorage. Photo by Brandon Farris.

Icelandair Boeing 757 (named Katia – reg TF-FIV) in Anchorage. Photo by Brandon Farris.

Who wants to fly from cold to not as cold? Now you easily can with Icelandair starting service from Anchorage to Iceland. Well, most passengers do not stop in Iceland, but continue with Icelandair to Europe. I had the opportunity to check out the inaugural flight celebrations recently on the ground in Anchorage.

An excitement filled the air when I walked through the doors at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) as a new day was beginning with new service launching to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) with Icelandair. Anchorage has become the eighth US destination for Icelandair.

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