2018 was a year of highs, lows, and head scratchers. We take you through the year that was and we also revisit some of our favorite interviews from last year.

What was new in 2018

We begin the show with new aircraft, either taking to the air for the first time in 2018 or achieving certification and entering service.

Featured interview

8:34 Jon Ostrower, editor-in-chief of The Air Current joined us to discuss Boeing’s plans for its New Mid-market Airplane (NMA), which will likely be unveiled at this year’s Paris Air Show.

Airlines no longer with us

39:00 We revisit some of the airlines that ceased operations in 2018. Brett Snyder at Crankyflier has a full list on his blog.

Accidents and incidents

43:18 We discuss some of the accidents and incidents that shaped the year, including Southwest 1380 and Lion Air 610.

Featured interview

1:01:44 UPS Airlines Captain Ken Hoke joins us to discuss his life as a cargo pilot flying for UPS Airlines and how that differs from passenger flying.

Let us know what you think

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Ian Petchenik’s love of aviation began at an early age growing up next to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. As Flightradar24’s director of communications and co-host of the AvTalk podcast Ian now gets to share that passion for aviation with millions of Flightradar24 users and listeners around the world.

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