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American Airlines Boeing and Airbus jets

AA at PHX

This is a great picture taken by a pilot while taxiing to Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

A nice mix of the old and new when thinking about today’s American Airlines.

The Boeing 737 and Airbus A319 and A320 jets are parked in the East Hold Bay while waiting for their respective gates to open up.

The New Boeing 737MAX and Aerodynamic Efficiency

I spent nine years flying the Boeing 737–100/200/300 series for America West Airlines based out of Phoenix.

The B737 (Baby Boeing) is a wonderful airplane, very well designed for its mission, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the left seat.

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America West B737 picture courtesy of airliners.net

A recent Yahoo article highlights some of the latest aerodynamic and propulsion upgrades to the Baby Boeing as it strives to compete with Airbus and its latest version of the A320, the A320neo.

The newest B737, named the B737MAX, will continue the great legacy of Boeing and become a very successful aircraft enjoyed by pilots and airline management.

For additional information please click on the link here.

America West – The Can Do Airline

I spent more than 18 years flying both the Boeing 737 and the 757 for America West Airlines (AWA). As such, I can certainly agree with the sentiment expressed in this AZ Republic article regarding the airline.

Courtesy AP
Courtesy AP

I started working for America West in January 1987 as a B737 First Officer. Two years later I upgraded to captain. I now currently fly the Airbus A319/320/321. Like many other employees at AWA, I thoroughly enjoyed working for the airline and always felt like I was part of a close-knit family. We always had that can-do spirit.

B1Now we’re all a proud part of the new American Airlines, with more than 100,000 employees flying around the globe, yet the original AWA crew will always remember where we started.

O'Hare Airport
O’Hare Airport

In my 18+ years with AWA, I’ve flown from Boston to Mexico City to Kauai, worked with a lot of great people and look forward to working with American.

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Embry-Riddle Graduates in the Real World

It’s always great to catch up with Embry-Riddle alums and see where we’ve landed in the aviation/airline world.

This past week I flew a three-day trip with a Daytona Beach graduate. We had a great time reminiscing and comparing notes about our Riddle days. I spent three years on campus in Prescott before transferring to what is now known as the WorldWide campus.


Left to right, Rich and Pete in the American Airlines Airbus A320 flight deck in San Jose.

We had a regional airline pilot in our jumpseat during the three days who also was a Daytona Beach Riddle student.

Later on, I had one of my Prescott classmates and his wife on board our A320 seated in the passenger cabin. He walked into the flight deck during boarding and we had fun remembering the old days on campus. Scott is a United captain who often flies the LA to Tokyo route.

It occurred to me that we all represent different Embry–Riddle campuses: Daytona Beach, Prescott and WorldWide.

Courtesy Embry-Riddle
Courtesy Embry-Riddle

American Airlines and the B787

AA B787 Courtesy USA Today
AA B787
Courtesy USA Today

Yesterday, American Airlines launched Boeing 787 service with the first revenue passenger flight from the Dallas/Fort Worth International AIrport (DFW) to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

AA 2320 DFW – ORD
AA 2320 DFW – ORD
AA B787 Courtesy USA Today
AA B787
Courtesy USA Today

The 787 Dreamliner, operated as American’s flight 2320, departed DFW’s gate D25A at 7:31am arriving O’Hare at 9:23am.

AA B787  Courtesy USA Today
AA B787
Courtesy USA Today
DFW – ORD
DFW – ORD

Later this year, American will be flying the Boeing 787 to Beijing, Buenos Aires, Shanghai and Tokyo. Exciting stuff!

The B787 will open up a world of opportunities for American! (No pun intended)

Boeing 757 First Flight

I spent 15 years flying the Boeing B757 as a captain.

During those 15 years, I flew it all over the US and spent the last 6-1/2 years flying the 757 back and forth between the US Mainland and Hawaii. All wonderful memories! The 757 will always hold a special place in my heart.

AWA/AA B757
AWA/AA B757

Here is a neat video depicting the first flight of the Boeing 757.

To watch the video, please click on the link Boeing 757.

AWA/AA B757 at PHX
AWA/AA B757 at PHX

Boeing Test Pilots Have Fun With The B787

Courtesy - airliners.net
Courtesy – airliners.net

Boeing pilots had some fun showing off the B787-9 Dreamliner at the Farnborough International Airshow outside London earlier this year.

Attached is a short video highlighting the flying at the airshow!

It looked like a lot of fun!

Courtesy - airliners.net
Courtesy – airliners.net

Please click here to see the video of the B787-9.