Trip Report: Music City to the Gulf Coast with Boutique Air – Part 2

In part 1 of this EAS trip report, I arrived at the Nashville International Airport and checked in for my flight with Boutique Air to Pensacola, Fla. In this second part, you'll see what it was like to take the flight, and what is one of my favorite flights date. The Flight Only about two minutes after we saw the plane taxi by the window, we were called to board our flight to 'Muscle Shoals with continuing service to Pensacola' out of gate A7. [caption…

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A view of the runway in Pensacola from the passenger cabin (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Frontier Airlines Adds New Flights from Burbank, Ontario

On Thursday, Frontier Airlines unveiled plans to add a new destination to its route network:  Burbank, California. From the airport, the ultra-low-cost carrier will serve three destinations in the Western United States, including Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Additionally, Frontier will build upon its LA-Ontario basin portfolio, connecting Atlanta to Ontario, California. From Burbank, Frontier Airlines will offer daily services to its largest base in Denver, a smaller base in Las Vegas and a sizable presence in Phoenix from July 15, 2021. The secondary airport…

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A Frontier A320 in Phoenix (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Interview: Hawaiian CEO Talks Austin, Future U.S. Growth

After a year-long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic which crippled leisure and business demand as a result of border closures, a wide-body commercial jet was finally seen landing in Austin in late April. Interestingly, the wide-body jet spotted at the airport wasn’t sporting the typical Union Jack tail or blue Crane that one would typically see on a wide-body jet in Austin. Instead, a vibrant Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-200 touched down on runway 18R following a nearly eight-hour flight from Honolulu, marking Austin’s first-ever…

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The inaugural Hawaiian Airlines flight from Austin departed on April 22 and received a celebratory water cannon salute. (Photo: Austin Airport)

U.S. and U.K. Airline Chiefs Urge Summit to Reopen Trans-Atlantic Travel

The chief executive officers of leading U.K. and U.S. airlines have issued an open letter to the government officials responsible for transport in their respective countries requesting a summit to discuss the reopening of the transatlantic aviation market. The letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and U.K. Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps was published on Tuesday. Signatories to the letter represent Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines, jetBlue, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and the industry trade organization Airlines for America.…

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An overview of operations at American's Chicago-O'hare hub (Photo: Greg Linton | AirlineGeeks)

Review: Traveling to Taiwan During the Covid-19 Pandemic in EVA Air Economy Class

Throughout the pandemic, people in Taiwan have led relatively normal lives. They went to work in offices, attended classes and ate in restaurants — all because Taiwan tightly controlled its Covid-19 case numbers. Although Taiwan has temporarily banned all non-essential travel, it has still been receiving returning nationals and eligible international travelers throughout the pandemic. With the suspension of Taiwan's Visa-Exempt Entry, foreigners now have to apply for a visa in order to visit Taiwan. According to the Taiwanese consulates in Los Angeles and San…

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EVA Air flies its fleet of Boeing 777-300ER jets on non-stop services between Taiwan and the U.S. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Parker Davis)

Qantas Halts International Flights Through December

Qantas Airways announced on Wednesday that it would be forced to halt any current and planned international flights until at least the end of the year. Australia's national carrier said that the sudden decision was mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the country's newly revised anticipated timeline for the completion of the vaccination rollout — currently set for the end of this year — and with the timelines for the reopening of Australia's international borders to mid-2022. Despite having offered the whole of Australia's…

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A Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner pulling into the gate at JFK. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Shaquille Khan)

Viva Aerobus Continues Charge to Compensate Carbon Footprint

Viva Aerobus signed a strategic alliance with Anaconda Carbon, a company dedicated to the promotion and development of renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency, reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and sustainability initiatives, to launch its voluntary footprint compensation program carbon for passengers. The carbon footprint refers to all GHG emissions released into the atmosphere directly and indirectly through the airline's operation. According to a press release, the objective of this alliance is to offset said footprint. That is, to carry out a series of actions…

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

Interview: David Neeleman’s New Airline Breeze Is Taking Names

Airline industry titan David Neeleman is in his fifth decade tackling one of the most challenging tasks in the business world: starting airlines. In the 1980s, it was charter carrier Morris Air, later purchased by Southwest Airlines. In the 1990s, Neeleman served at rising WestJet before going on to found JetBlue just before the turn of the century. And only a decade later, he moved to Brazil to start the company that would soon become Azul Brazilian Airlines. And 11 years later — after a…

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David Neeleman at a press conference in São José dos Campos, Brazil, in September 2019. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Cebu Air Bleeds In First Quarter Net-Loss

Cebu Air, the listed operator of budget carrier Cebu Pacific, posted a net loss of P7.3 billion (US$152.6 million) in the first quarter of 2021, as the Philippines struggles to contain COVID-19 infection cases, Business World reports. Cebu Air's net loss is 516% higher than the US$25.1 million net loss it sustained in the same period in 2020. Total net revenues dropped 83% to US$56.6 million from US$332.3 million previously, with passenger revenue plunging to US$18.5 million from US$238.0 million. Cargo revenues saw a slight…

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Medical equipment is loaded onto the delivery flight for a Cebu Pacific A320 in Toulouse (Photo: Airbus)

HK Express Completes CommonPass Trial

HK Express announced on Monday that it has completed its first flight trial using CommonPass. By securely validating and storing Covid-19 tests and vaccine records, the digital health passport application will enable passengers to easily comply with health-related entry requirements globally, while still simultaneously streamlining the HK Express pre-departure experience. The trial took place on May 6 at Hong Kong International Airport, where HK Express flight UO172 departed for Taichung, Taiwan. A volunteer team of pilots and cabin crew used the CommonPass digital health passport…

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A Hong Kong Express Airbus A320neo. (Photo: Howard Pulling via Wikimedia Commons)
A Sun Country Boeing 737-800 sporting the airline's new livery touching down. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Winston Shek)

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