SkyWest Airlines purchased seven Embraer E-175 regional jets last fall to operate on behalf of Alaska Airlines and just recently placed another order for eight more to be delivered next year. But delivery has already begun for the original seven: pictures on Airliners Gallery show the new Alaska-branded E-175 landing and taking off. Alaska and SkyWest plan to operate it on three new routes beginning July … [Read more...]
Posts about "Airplanes"
Cleanliness is an issue for some frequent travelers, though even for those who care most it doesn't always mean the same thing. I know people who won't touch the television remote in a hotel room or who insist on wiping down the tray table on an airplane before use (even if another tray goes on top when a meal is served). These people recount horror stories of the coughing passenger five rows back and take EmergenC … [Read more...]
Alaska Airlines takes salmon very seriously. Friday was the start of Copper River salmon season, and I was invited down to SeaTac airport at 6 AM to witness the first delivery via one of Alaska's Boeing 737-400 Combi aircraft. These are used up in Alaska since so much cargo needs to be shipped in and out, and in this particular case the expanded cargo hold contained over 24,000 pounds of fish. News teams were … [Read more...]
Just a quick note since there really aren't many details, but the LA Times reports the Discovery Channel apparently crashed a Boeing 727 in Mexico's Sonoran desert on purpose while filming a documentary. The goal was to "re-create a serious, but survivable, passenger jet crash landing with a real aircraft," according to a statement by Discovery Channel, but from the picture it doesn't look like anyone would have … [Read more...]
For those of you unaware, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum will be switching out the Space Shuttle on display at their Udvar-Hazy facility this Tuesday, April 17. Here's a photo spread of the shuttle's decommissioning by The Atlantic. Last November I was in Washington, DC, at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting. Megan decided to fly in for the last half of it and visit friends, and of course I volunteered … [Read more...]