Vancouver Seaplanes Damaged in Attempted Theft

Three seaplanes in the Vancouver Harbour have been damaged after an attempted theft. Local police received a call around 3:30 p.m. local time on Friday morning of a person attempting to steal a Seair deHavilland Beaver seaplane. When the police arrived, the attempted thief had escaped, but not before damaging two other docked seaplanes. The suspect is still at large. It appears the thief was able to start the aircraft, however, he was not able to get the aircraft airborne. While taxiing around the water…

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Seaplanes are critical in some spots for various types of transport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Daniel Morley)

Silver Airways Announces Service Between Orlando and Destin

Silver Airways, the Florida based regional airline, recently announced that it will begin operating nonstop service between Orlando, Fla. and Destin, Fla. starting on March 13, 2020. Originally launched in 2011, Silver Airways operates primarily between destinations in Florida and the Caribbean using a fleet of all turboprop aircraft. Currently, the Silver Airways fleet includes the Saab 340, ATR-42-600, and ATR-72-600. The carrier is currently in the process of phasing out its older Saab 340 turboprops in favor of the newer ATRs. The new service…

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Silver Airways Saab 340 aircraft (Photo: Ian McMurtry)

Kenya Airways Offered Green Light to Begin Flights to Tel Aviv

Kenya Airways has been granted the green light to introduce three weekly flights connecting Kenya's capital, Nairobi, with Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. The new route will be subject to permission by the Sudanese government to fly over its airspace. Kenya Airways was previously scheduled to begin the new Nairobi to Tel Aviv services back in March 2019, but due to the political feud between Sudan and Israel the airline halted its plans with Sudan banning flights to and from Israel from its…

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A Kenya Airways Boeing 787 in London (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Cayo Largo del Sur Airport Closes For At Least a Week, Stranding Passengers

The airport in Cayo Largo, a resort island in Cuba, closed unexpectedly on Tuesday, stranding passengers with no way out. The closure was initiated after the airport’s runway was damaged. At the time of writing, it is unclear how the damage occurred, but the airport will be closed until at least 26 Feb. The runway has reportedly been damaged since Feb. 16. "The trips to / from Cayo Largo are interrupted," the Canadian Embassy said. “Canadians planning to travel to Cayo Largo del Sur must…

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A tail of an Air Transat aircraft (Photo: Air Transat)

Qatar Airways Increases Stake in IAG to Over 25 Percent

Qatar Airways has increased its stake in International Airlines Group (IAG) from 21.4 percent to 25.1 percent with a $600m buy-up. The move comes a little over a week after Air Italy which Qatar Airways had a 49 percent stake in ceased operations. In announcing the increased shareholding Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: “Our investment to date has been highly successful and the announced increase in our shareholding is evidence of our continued support of IAG and its strategy.” Qatar Airways…

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A Qatar Airways-painted Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on a test flight. This aircraft regularly operates Qatar's flight from Doha to Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Chinese Aviation Authority Supporting Airline-Saving Measures

Earlier this month, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said it would promote and allow measures that allow airlines to continue to stay afloat as the country's aviation industry is plagued by the lack of travel resulting from the novel coronavirus that has filled up headlines. The Chinese aviation regulator would support "restructuring and mergers" in the months ahead as airlines continue to struggle from cash flow issues, Reuters reported on Feb. 11. According to the same report, airlines in China canceled 12,662 flights on…

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A Hainan 787 Dreamliner in Los Angeles (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Jeju Air Suspends Eastar Jet Purchase

Jeju Air, the largest budget carrier in South Korea, suspended its purchase of Eastar Jet, another low-cost carrier in Korea, due to the latest financial situation. According to Korean local media, Seok-Joo Lee, Chief Executive of Jeju Air stated if the current condition doesn’t improve, the industry leader would have to rely on debt to sustain. Earlier, the airline recorded a net loss of 34.1 billion won ($29 million USD) from a profit of 70.88 billion won ($59 million USD), a previous year. In addition,…

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A Jeju Air 737-800 in Seoul (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ben Suskind)

LATAM Launches Codeshare Agreement with Malaysia Airlines

Last September, LATAM made headlines as it announced an almost two-billion-dollar cash injection from Delta which would see joint collaboration between both carriers across The Americas. Although the deal would inevitably see the South American carrier depart the oneworld Alliance and benefit from Delta’s network instead, the airline is looking to maintain ties with several alliance members. The latest route involves a codeshare agreement with Malaysian Airlines for select flights from its hub in Kuala Lumpur to Australia and New Zealanad and LATAMs flights from…

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A Malaysia Airlines A350 prepares for testing in Toulouse (Photo: Airbus)

Opinion: Think Before Reclining

The aviation world has been sharply divided yet again. It’s not unusual for this to happen in the community, we argue about a lot of things such as the merits of tomato juice on flights to the impact of the industry to climate change. This time, however, the issue has more to do will civility instead of beverage choice or the ire of a 17-year-old Swedish girl. A video came to light recently of a passenger sitting in the last row of economy, in a…

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The rear economy class cabin consisting solely of standard economy seats as indicated by the all-blue seats. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Airbus Lands A220 Order From Green Africa

With big plans for Africa, startup carrier Green Africa Airways has continued to push for expansion plans with a memorandum of understanding with aircraft manufacturer Airbus for 50 A220-300 aircraft. The airline sees the aircraft as part of its expansion plans and will use it to grow its fleet. This move comes roughly 14 months after the airline’s previous order for the Boeing 737 MAX which was ordered prior to the aircraft’s grounding. The airline placed an order for 50 aircraft with options for an…

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A Green Africa A220 mockup (Photo: Airbus)
Aircraft being used for PlaneTags (Photo: MotoArt)

How Aircraft Are Given a Second Life Through Upcycling

When aircraft reach retirement age, their years of service are often celebrated and aviation enthusiasts nostalgically remember the years they…

Opinion: Think Before Reclining

The aviation world has been sharply divided yet again. It’s not unusual for this to happen in the community, we argue about a lot of things such as the merits…

Opinion: Icelandair Showcases the Best of Iceland

Commercial aviation is shaped by nationhood and foundations agreed by countries at the Chicago Convention of 1944. This event also saw the beginnings of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).…

Qatar Airways Increases Stake in IAG to Over 25 Percent

Qatar Airways has increased its stake in International Airlines Group (IAG) from 21.4 percent to 25.1 percent with a $600m buy-up. The move comes a little over a week after…

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Vancouver Seaplanes Damaged in Attempted Theft

Three seaplanes in the Vancouver Harbour have been damaged after an attempted theft. Local police received a call around 3:30 p.m. local time on Friday morning of a person attempting…

Silver Airways Announces Service Between Orlando and Destin

Silver Airways, the Florida based regional airline, recently announced that it will begin operating nonstop service between Orlando, Fla. and Destin, Fla. starting on March 13, 2020. Originally launched in…

Kenya Airways Offered Green Light to Begin Flights to Tel Aviv

Kenya Airways has been granted the green light to introduce three weekly flights connecting Kenya's capital, Nairobi, with Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. The new route will be…