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Looking out at the Troll Airfield from the flight deck of an aircraft on approach to the runway.
Here’s what it takes to operate an airport in Antarctica

With Troll Research Station’s summer personnel heading home this week on a chartered Icelandair 767, we wanted to find out more about how the Norwegian Polar Institute manages an airport in Antarctica. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot of work!

And for a very special episode of our AvTalk podcast, we caught up with Sven Lidström in Tromsø just after his flight back from Antarctica to go behind the scenes at Troll. 
See photos and video from Troll Research Station
Listen to our interview with Sven Lidström
A KLM 777
How KLM kept flying during the pandemic 

More than most large airlines, KLM has maintained a robust route network throughout the pandemic, helped in large measure by strong demand for air cargo. We looked at the data and spoke with KLM VP of Network Planning Sicco Marsman to learn more. 
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Sichuan Airlines A319
EASA issues airworthiness directive on A320-family windscreens

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency issued an airworthiness directive this week requiring checks of the windscreens on all Airbus A320-family aircraft at specific intervals. The AD stems from the 2019 failure of a Sichuan Airlines A319’s right windscreen and the resulting rapid decompression that serverely injured the first officer.
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An Air China 737 MAX 8 in storage
China lays out 737 MAX recertification conditions
 
In a press conference this week, Dong Zhiyi, deputy administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said that the regulator still has major safety concerns about the 737 MAX and the aircraft will not fly until those have been satisfied.
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FLIGHTS TO FOLLOW
KLM's first Embraer E195-E2 arriving in Amsterdam on delivery with the captain waving a Dutch flag out the window and the First Officer waving a Brazilian flag  out their window. Embraer is a Brazilian company.
KLM wastes no time putting the E195-E2 into service 

KLM’s first pair of E195-E2 arrived in Amsterdam last week and PH-NXB has been put into service with no delay, completing nearly two dozen flights already.
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A Southwest Airlines 737-8 MAX departing Fort Lauderdale in January 2019.
Southwest to restart 737 MAX flights next week

Southwest Airlines will restart 737 MAX flights next week, launching dozens of flights on 11 March.
See the Southwest 737 MAX fleet
AVIATION PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
The Antonov An-225 departing Kyiv.
The Antonov An-225 lifting off from home base in Kyiv.
A Silk Way 747 departing Chicago
A Silk Way Airlines 747 assisting with runway snow clearance while departing Chicago.
Pan Am 747 in Frankfurt, 1988.
A Pan Am 747 and Wardair 747 in Frankfurt, 1988.
OUR LINKEDIN EXCLUSIVE SERIES
A Breeze Airways E190
Expert industry analysis exclusively on LinkedIn

Check out our series of articles exclusively on LinkedIn exploring trends in the aviation industry being driven or accelerated by the pandemic. This week, we see how new airlines are trying to set themselves apart.
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UA328 and the grounding of the PW4000 engine
 
We look at what happened in Denver and what happens now that the PW4000 engine is grounded.
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