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2015: 290,939
2014: 363,407
Total: 1,212,540






Paine Field Aviation Day 2014 Recap

Flying Heritage Collections P-47 Thunderbolt "Tallahassee Lassie" doing a very low pass at Paine Field Aviation Day

Flying Heritage Collection’s P-47 Thunderbolt “Tallahassee Lassie” doing a very low pass at Paine Field Aviation Day

2014 marked my third Paine Field Aviation Day (PFAD) and it signaled a great start to what is rumored to be a very extensive flying season.  Both Historic Flight Foundation (HFF) and Flying Heritage Collection (FHC) put in some effort to make this one of the best days yet.

Sadly, the clouds and rain loomed in the morning, which kept away a lot of the crowds.  Great for photos, not so great for attendance.  From the HFF side of the airport, it did seem very quiet compared to previous years.  But this year I joined the crowds on the berm for some amazing photos.

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WOOT! Our 2,000th Post Ever

We love that you love (or at least like) what we do. Photo - David Parker Brown

We love that you love (or at least like) what we do! Photo – David Parker Brown | AirlineReporter

Hot damn… how the heck are we at 2,000 posts now? You figure that, on average, we post stories at about 850 words each – that is 1,700,000 words that we have added to the internet collective. Not too shabby.

About the first 1,000 posts or so were just me, doing my thing, trying to keep AirlineReporter going. Now, we have over 15 writers who contribute (some big and some small) to keep the posts flowing.

I think one of the things that still surprises me is which stories are popular. There are times where we will travel halfway across the world, do a great story, and it just doesn’t take off (pun intended). Then another story I think will be a throw-away (aka “omg we have no story ready today, we need to post something”) and it turns out to be quite popular.

That is why we keep trying to do new things and tell new stories to see how they go (as in recently trying to get more into commercial space travel). Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. We are already grateful that you, the readers, are open with us in what you like and don’t like as far as content is concerned.

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My Rant: The Definition of Premium Products is Changing – Not for the Good

Singapore's new Business Class will be tough to beat.

Not every airline, nor every customer, is wanting to try to go bigger and better, like Singapore’s new Business Class.

I recently ranted about how people get what they pay for  when it comes to air travel, but I feel that I have a few more things to say. I have come realize that there is downgrading trend going on in the industry that needs to change. Let me explain.

What if you get to a situation where increasing volumetric efficiency becomes done for reasons other than combating cost? After all, a business is in business in order to make a profit. It’d be irresponsible to not seek greater margins, right? Especially when passengers are already prepared to accept pain in economy class.

What’s sparked my continued rant is that I am starting to worry that European-style business class may be getting a foothold in North America.

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Video Dedication: American Airlines Says Goodbye to the Boeing 767-200

Recently, American Airlines said goodbye to their last Boeing 767-200 (kind of). What better way to say farewell than with a video by SpeedbirdHD?

Well, technically, American still has a few, since US Airways is operating eight Boeing 767-200ERs right now. However, it is highly unlikely we will see them in the new livery, as they are to be all retired in 2015.

The last of the 767-200s were replaced by the Airbus A321T used for premium transcon flights, which is a pretty nice upgrade.

No matter, the video is a nice tribute to the aircraft, which served American well.

Alaska Airlines Celebrates The First Copper River Salmon of 2014

A kiss welcomes the first Copper River Salmon to Seattle.

A kiss welcomes the first Copper River Salmon to Seattle – Photo: David Parker Brown | AirlineReporter

When my alarm went off early this morning, I was actually excited. On paper, the idea of waking up early and driving 45 minutes south to welcome some fish to Seattle might not sound like something worthwhile. But when Alaska Airlines celebrates the arrival of the first Copper River salmon to Seattle, it is worth getting up and joining in on the celebration.

Alaska Airlines brought over the Salmon-30-Salmon, although the salmon flew on a 737-400 Combi

Alaska Airlines brought over the Salmon-30-Salmon, although the salmon flew on a 737-400 Combi

This year is the fifth year that Alaska has done this special event and each year seems to get a bit more exciting. It is just so… well, unique.

The event takes place in the parking lot of Alaska Air Cargo with a bunch of tents, grills, and seats on a Friday morning. There are invited guests, chefs, some famous people, and media all waiting for a fish to come off a plane.

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