FAA Moves Ahead With MAX Recertification After Completing Test Flights

In a press statement issued on Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration declared that recertification test flights for the Boeing 737 MAX have been completed and laid out the next steps required to approve the aircraft for a return to the skies. During three days of flight testing, FAA pilots and engineers evaluated Boeing’s proposed changes in connection with the automated flight control system on the aircraft, believed to have been the cause of two fatal crashes. The flights, totaling approximately 7.5 hours, were carried out…

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The 737MAX (Photo provided by Boeing)

Reports: Boeing Set to End 747 Production

"Boeing has not told employees, but the company is pulling the plug on its 747 jumbo jet, ending a half-century run. The last 747-800 will roll out of a Seattle area factory in about two years," reported Bloomberg on Thursday citing people familiar with the matter. The last 747-8 will roll out of a Seattle area factory in about two years according to the report. This will mark a milestone for commercial aviation as the era of jumbo jet production will end when the affectionately-nicknamed…

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The first Boeing 747-400 at the company's manufacturing facility in Everett, Wash. (Photo: Boeing)

UK CAA Reviews Airline Passenger Refund Processes

The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has commenced a review of airline customer refund processes in light of the COVID-19 crisis. With the unprecedented levels of flight cancellations due to the pandemic, U.K. airlines have been failing to comply with European regulatory deadlines on refunding passengers. The U.K. officially left the European Union earlier this year at 11 p.m. GMT on January 31 but is abiding by European rules during a transition period which ends on January 1, 2021. The CAA review into the refunding…

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Aircraft lining up for departure out of London Heathrow Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | James Dinsdale)

Dallas-Based Carrier JSX Announces New Pop-Up Services

As air travel begins to slowly pick up, carriers are beginning to reinstate routes it were forced to cut. But Dallas-based JSX, formally JetSuiteX, has announced seven new routes to its route network. This includes a mixture of pop-up, seasonal, and year-round flights. Cities that will see new routes from the carrier include Seattle’s Boeing Field, Orange County, Phoenix, and three new destinations entirely for the carrier; Dallas, Pinehurst, N.C., and White Plains, N.Y. Pinehurst, North Carolina The carrier is known for starting pop up…

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A JSX Embraer ERJ-135 at Seattle's Boeing Field loading up for a flight to Oakland (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

VivaAerobus Receives First Airbus A321neo

VivaAerobus took delivery of its first Airbus A321neo in a low-key delivery ceremony on July 1. According to Aerolatinnews, the Airbus A321neo will remain at the Viva Aerobus base in Monterrey to carry out final operational tests and certification. It is estimated that the aircraft’s inaugural commercial flight will be in early August. VivaAerobus CEO Juan Carlos Zuazua stressed the importance of receiving the new aircraft, which joins a fleet that was until yesterday comprised entirely of Airbus A320 aircraft. “The arrival of this new…

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A VivaAerobus A320 in Las Vegas (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Austrian Airlines Resumes Long-Haul Flying

Austrian Airlines has resumed part of its long-haul flying program with its first transatlantic flight in more than 100 days departing its Vienna hub yesterday. The first of the airline's scheduled long-haul flights departed Vienna at about 10:45 a.m. on July 1 bound for Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. Austrian reported almost one-third of the Boeing 767-300 was occupied on flight OS89 with a load of 64 passengers. However, the return flight is fully booked. The second of Austrian's long-haul flights slated to…

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An Austrian Airlines A320 landing in London. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

U.S. Airlines Announce Significant Schedule Changes

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a drastic effect on air travel across the world, the airline industry continues to bounce back as the world begins to reopen. The most recent airline route announcements come courtesy of American Airlines and United Airlines. United Airlines announced that it would be adding close to 25,000 flights to their August schedule, while American laid out plans for international schedules through the summer of 2021. American's New International Schedule American Airlines announced an adjusted international schedule for the remainder…

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An American 787-8 Dreamliner in Philadelphia (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ryan Ewing)

JetBlue Will Not Furlough Pilots Until 2021, Delta Announces Furloughs Beginning Oct. 1

JetBlue’s Air Line Pilots Association Master Executive Council (MEC), a union that represents JetBlue’s pilots, has voted to approve a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with JetBlue that prevents JetBlue pilots from involuntary furloughs until May 1, 2021, per an internal email obtained by AirlineGeeks. The protections will prevent furloughs under any circumstances and protect all JetBlue pilots. This agreement is the largest employee protection approved by any airline in the U.S. All other airlines that received money from the CARES Act are, at the time…

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JetBlue's ALPA has announced an agreement it approved with the airline to prevent involuntary pilot furloughs until May 1, 2021. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

El Al Suspends Operations Indefinitely

El Al Israel Airlines has canceled all flights and suspended operations indefinitely. All flights, including passenger and cargo services, have been stopped. The announcement comes as the carrier reported massive losses over the first half of 2020 and after the airline’s pilots refused to fly amid a labor crisis. El Al’s CEO, Gonen Usiskhin, ordered all of the company’s aircraft to return to Israel. The airline was planning to operate flights to Paris on Tuesday night and to New York on Wednesday before the cancelations…

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As financial difficulties pile up and union tensions increase, El Al Israel Airlines has suspended all operations indefinitely. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

British Airways Takes Delivery of First 787-10

British Airways accepted delivery of its’ first 787-10 over the weekend, the first of the “Dash 10” model for the carrier. The new Dreamliner departed Boeing’s North Charleston, South Carolina production facility on Saturday for its seven-hour maiden voyage across the Atlantic. The aircraft arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport on Sunday morning, 7 hours and 12 minutes after takeoff according to FlightRadar24. Alex Cruz, British Airways Chairman and CEO, said: “The delivery of our first 787-10 aircraft marks another significant milestone in our £6.5bn customer…

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The first British Airways Boeing 787-10 arriving at London Heathrow Airport (Photo: Graham Dinsdale)
A Virgin Atlantic 787-9 landing in Los Angeles. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Virgin Atlantic Struggles to Crew July Flights Following Redundancies

Virgin Atlantic has written to its pilots asking for volunteers to operate flights in July, admitting it didn't have enough…

Opinion: Don’t Fault Airlines For Not Blocking the Middle Seat

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Opinion: Third Party Suppliers, as Well as the Airlines, Are…

The impact of the pandemic on airlines globally has been well documented. With many airlines reporting 70 to 90 percent reductions year-on-year (YoY) in scheduled flying, airline planners and analyst…

El Al Suspends Operations Indefinitely

El Al Israel Airlines has canceled all flights and suspended operations indefinitely. All flights, including passenger and cargo services, have been stopped. The announcement comes as the carrier reported massive…

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In a press statement issued on Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration declared that recertification test flights for the Boeing 737 MAX have been completed and laid out the next steps…

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"Boeing has not told employees, but the company is pulling the plug on its 747 jumbo jet, ending a half-century run. The last 747-800 will roll out of a Seattle…

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