Category Aviation Slowdown

Airline Colors, 2021-1

By: Category: Air FreightersAirbusAirlinersAirlinesAirports Around the WorldAssorted Aviation PhotosAviation HistoryAviation Slowdown

We’re at the beginning of a new monthly feature on these pages, a feature on airline color schemes past and present. The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated most airline operations in 2020 and into 2021, and we are trying to focus just a little bit of positive energy onto this mass transportation mode that has brought our worlds closer together. It’ll be a monthly attraction, published on the first weekend of each month going forward. 

This introductory collection is two dozen mixed photos… some editions will feature one theme, or airline, or even an airport or a new type of airplane. Here are some examples… you can hover over each photo to read notes, or click to enlarge them in our gallery.

This first collection is a broad look at what might be contained...

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Mid-Summer Spotting Part #3 A Recent Look at Narrow Body Traffic at Chicago O’Hare Airport.

By: Category: AirlinersAirlinesAirports Around the WorldAviation Slowdown

As we wrap up our look into a recent spotting trip to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, we take a closer look at the narrow body and regional traffic. Chicago O’Hare International Airport is an important hub for both American and United and a focus city for Frontier and Spirit, naturally you will see a good portion of traffic from them.

It is quite common to see their Airbuses, Boeings, Embraer’s, and Mitsubishis arriving and departing in a variety of color schemes. Several other Domestic, Canadian, and Mexican airlines also serve O’Hare with a variety of aircraft types in several different color schemes. Chicago O’Hare never disappoints the spotter, pandemic or no pandemic as there is no shortage in interesting movements to be seen.

Until next time, “Blue Skies to All!”...

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An Incomplete Review of the Train Wreck That Was 2020

By: Category: Air FreightersAirlinersAviation HistoryAviation Slowdown

The tumultuous year of 2020 has ended, leaving many dreams shattered, lives changed forever, and the aviation world a very different place than it was just one year ago. The so-called global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus has led to nationwide quarantines, mass commercial passenger reservation cancellations and corresponding airline flight eliminations – changing many fortunes in commercial airline operations. Reductions in staffing, including customer service employees, cockpit and cabin crews, and even air traffic controllers have been caused by both illness or lack of demand as commercial aviation ridership plummets. General aviation, business aviation and the air show industry have seem big impacts too, but not as bad as the airlines have.

Here are some of the changes we’ve n...

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