Monthly Archives: May 2012

Touring the Ghosts of Douglas Aircraft Company’s Past

As a Long Beach resident and airline dork, I have a special connection with Douglas airplanes. As World War II ramped up, Donald Douglas Sr made the decision to build a new plant in Long Beach to crank out the airplanes needed by the military. That plant became the mainstay …

Four Hours in Phoenix (Trip Report)

When my wife gave birth to our son in January, one of my best friends hopped in the car from Phoenix and surprised us with a visit. That was such an awesome thing that when his wife gave birth last Saturday, I wanted to do the same. But of course, …

Preview: The Ghosts of Douglas’s Past

I’m not posting today because of the holiday, but I thought I’d include a great picture from this weekend’s activities.

Douglas Building 80 Long Beach Airport

That is the old Douglas Building 80 at Long Beach Airport. It was the site where just about every DC-9, MD-80, and 717 came together until the plant was shuttered …

Topic of the Week: Are United Clubs More Crowded?

I had a reader write in suggesting that since the merger with Continental and the introduction of “free” club access with a United credit card, the United Clubs have been more crowded. Has anyone else seen that?…

A Dark Future for Europe’s Legacy Airlines

Over the last decade, Europe’s big three airline groups, IAG (owner of British Airways/Iberia), Air France/KLM, and Lufthansa Group, have all been in much better shape than their American counterparts. While US airlines floundered and filed for bankruptcy, they grew and became stronger. But now, the tables are turned as …

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