American Airlines Takes First Step in Bringing Back the 737 MAX

American Airlines was already set on being the first U.S. airline to bring the Boeing 737 MAX back into service, planning on bringing back the aircraft over the busy winter holiday travel season with a flight between New York's LaGuardia Airport and Miami International Airport on Dec. 29. But as airlines across the world have come to realize, setting the MAX back into motion will come with a set of public image challenges, the likes of which the industry hasn't faced in decades. As a…

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An undelivered American Airlines 737 MAX sits at Renton Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Government Still Aims to Privatize TAAG Angola Airlines in 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on air transport did not change the Angolan government's goals for TAAG Angola Airlines. The national airline is still expected to conclude its privatization process in 2022, as was announced this week to journalists by Angolan Transport Minister Ricardo d'Abreu in an event to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the ministry's foundation, reported Newsavia. This means the original plan under the local government's Propriv — the shorthand it uses for its Privatizations Program — is unchanged. The process, Forbes…

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The new TAAG Dash 8-400. (Photo: De Havilland of Canada)

Comac C919 Enters Final Testing Phase

Chinese aircraft manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China — shortened to Comac — has received the type inspection authorization for its C919 narrowbody aircraft, allowing it to move to the final phase of flight testing and eventual certification, FlightGlobal reports. Comac will promptly begin testing the aircraft, and it hopes to receive an airworthiness certificate to begin deliveries to Chinese airlines by next year. There are six C919 prototypes spread across China, and all will apparently be involved in the testing process. This type inspection…

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The Comac C919 has received its type inspection authorization. (Photo: Comac)

Chilean Carriers Release Projections for 2021 Operations

The airline industry has been immersed in the worst crisis in history as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But in recent months, with the gradual borders reopening and fewer restrictions due to the lifting of quarantines, airlines have gradually resumed their operations, although still far from normal. This Wednesday, the main executives of LATAM Airlines, SKY Airlines and JetSmart met at a conference at the Business Travel Expo, organized by Interexpo and Travel Security, where they talked about their perspectives and plans for 2021.…

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A Sky Airlines A320neo (CC-AZC) at Arequipa Alfredo Rodriguez Ballon Airport. (Photo: Sky Airlines)

United Airlines Begins Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Charter Flights

On Friday, United Airlines began operating charter flights to begin the distribution of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which is poised to be approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by mid-December. United's Distribution Plan The Wall Street Journal, citing a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), reports that United will start by flying dedicated cargo flights between Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Brussels Airport. As part of the flights, United has sought permission to carry more dry ice than usually allowed…

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A United 777-300ER emerges from the clouds as it arrives from a test flight. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Airlines Prepare to Increase Routes and Frequencies in Chile

After the gradual opening of borders since Monday, until 15:00 (GMT-3) on Tuesday, a total of 3,983 passengers have entered to Chile through the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Pudahuel, Santiago de Chile, of which 921 were tourists. As announced, From Nov. 23, foreigners are allowed to enter Chile through the Pudahuel Airport in Santiago as long as they comply with current health regulations. The Minister of Transport, Gloria Hutt explained, “the health authority ordered that all people who enter, regardless of the country…

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A JetSMART Argentina A320 taxiing in Mendoza. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Delta to Launch Quarantine Free Flights to Rome

Delta Air Lines is hoping to launch flights to Italy where passengers can skip the quarantine from December. The plan, an arrangement between the airline, Rome Fiumicino Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, will use three stages of testing to enable customers to access Italy without having to isolate on arrival. Both outbound and return flights between Rome and Atlanta would hope to be COVID-free with testing in place before departure and on return. On these flights, customers would have to test negative through COVID-19 by taking a…

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A Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-300 being tugged ain Atlanta. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Interview: JSX Adds Third Texas Destination

As airlines add back service in preparation for their busy holiday season, Dallas-based regional airline JSX has announced it's third destination in the state of Texas. Beginning in January, the airline will fly two routes to the border town of Lajitas, located in west Texas. [caption id="attachment_47059" align="aligncenter" width="976"] JSX Texas Routes (Photo: JSX)[/caption] The new flights on JSX to Lajitas will begin on Jan. 8, 2021, and are currently only bookable through the end February 2021, but that could be extended as time goes…

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One of JSX Embraer E145's (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

IATA Chief Discusses ‘State of the Industry’

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) chief Alexandre de Juniac delivered his take on the state of the industry at the IATA annual general meeting held virtually on Nov. 24. The executive called on airlines and other industry stakeholders for immediate action in working to open up the skies and get the industry to move forward. In his speech, he recalled the devastating impact that COVID-19 has had in the airline industry, with international passenger numbers down 89% from 2019 levels and expected industrywide compounded…

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Air France A320 lifts off runway 08L.(Photo: AirlineGeeks | James Dinsdale)

British Airways Selling Aircraft Cabin Merchandise in Christmas Sale

Christmas has come early this year for collectors and aviation enthusiasts. On Monday, CNN reported that British Airways announced it would be opening its doors for customers to buy items from aircraft that have flown all over the world, including tableware, galley carts, slippers and other luxury merchandise. The airline is among the first in history to do this, and it is an opportunity for people to get their hands on unique memorabilia and re-create an authentic flying experience from home. British Airways has a…

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The British Airways Negus 747 seen inflight prior to being grounded as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)
An Aegean Airlines A320 and SKY Express ATR propeller jet at Athens International Airport. (Photo: Konstantinos Chatzigeorgiadis | @athspotter)

Greek Airlines Embrace New Jets and Domestic Competition

Following a blockbuster year of aircraft deliveries in 2019, 2020 was positioned to be a record-shattering year for Airbus. As…

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On Friday, United Airlines began operating charter flights to begin the distribution of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which is poised to be approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug…

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American Airlines was already set on being the first U.S. airline to bring the Boeing 737 MAX back into service, planning on bringing back the aircraft over the busy winter…

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The COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on air transport did not change the Angolan government's goals for TAAG Angola Airlines. The national airline is still expected to conclude its privatization…

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Chinese aircraft manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China — shortened to Comac — has received the type inspection authorization for its C919 narrowbody aircraft, allowing it to move to the…