Singapore Airlines Launches Non-Stop Flight to New York

Singapore Airlines has announced its intentions to launch one of the longest non-stop flights in the world: it will return to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport starting on Nov. 9. Flights from Singapore begin Nov. 9 and return flights will start on Nov. 11 from New York. Each flight will operate three times per week. The Asian carrier will launch flights from its main hub at Singapore Changi Airport. While the airline normally usually operates flights into JFK, those flights operate to and from…

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A Singapore Airlines A350 performing the inaugural flight from Seattle. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Finnair to Lay Off 10% of Workforce

As part of its plan to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, which has left much of the world immobile, Finnair announced it will be laying off 10% of its employees, accounting for more than 700 people. The decision comes after months of negotiations between the airline and employee unions regarding wage cuts and temporary layoffs, which seek to reduce the number of permanent layoffs to be executed in the future In a statement, Finnair CEO Topi Manner said, “I’m grateful that together with our employees,…

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A Finnair A350 lifts off. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Alaska Airlines Begins E175 Flights Within Alaska

Air service changes have come in the state of Alaska. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines, with regional partner Horizon Air, announced the intent to bring the Embraer E175 jet to serve smaller communities in the state in June, and they have made good on their commitment. In the beginning of April 2020, Alaska-based carrier Ravn Air filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, ceased all operations and laid off all its staff. Many Alaskan cities instantly lost air service, two of which Alaska Airlines serves only during the summer…

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An Alaska Airlines E-175 operated by Horizon Air at Paine Field. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Emirates Expands South African Presence With New Interline Agreement With Airlink

Johannesburg-based Airlink and Dubai-based Emirates have formed a new interline agreement that will connect passengers from the United Arab Emirates' capital to over 45 destinations in South Africa and neighboring countries. The new agreement comes after Airlink, a South African regional airline, cut its partnership with South African Airways in March. New Destinations Available for Emirati Passengers  The two airlines' new partnership will allow passengers flying from Dubai to Johannesburg and Cape Town to continue onwards to 45 destinations in Airlink's network. These markets include…

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An Emirates A380 arriving in London. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Chinese Aviation Industry Sees Speedy Recovery

The aviation industry in China is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. China Southern Airlines, the largest airline in the country is planning to take delivery of nine A321neo and two A319neo jets from Airbus. It is believed that the new aircraft could replace 24 Boeing 737 MAX in its fleet that were grounded in March 2019. According to the South China Morning Post, the airline is going to raise $2.37 billion for the aircraft, components, maintenance, with the airline forecasting that…

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A China Eastern A330. China's government is easing restrictions on foreign carriers flying into the country. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

TSA Screens Record One Million Passengers in One Day

On Sunday, the TSA screened 1,031,505 passengers - the first time the agency has seen a seven-digit number since March 2020. The numbers are a good sign that air traffic is picking up, but the airlines still have a long way to go before things get even close to normal. TSA Finally Screens Over 1,000,000 Passengers TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein announced the news on Twitter, writing, “BREAKING NEWS: @TSA screened 1,031,505 people at security checkpoints nationwide yesterday, Sunday, Oct. 18. It's the first time volume…

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American Airlines JFK Terminal 8 security screening line.American Airlines JFK Terminal 8 check-in. (Photo: Tom Pallini)

A First Look at JetBlue’s Airbus A220

JetBlue revealed on Monday its latest aircraft tail design, called “Hops,” which will be inaugurated on its first Airbus A220 aircraft, set to be delivered in December. “‘Hops’ represents an evolution in the JetBlue design experience with a slightly more multidimensional look than previous tailfins,” JetBlue said in a statement. “The playful pattern, created by JetBlue’s in-house designers, echoes a sense of continuation and offers a nod to the idea of connecting many short trips together as part of a larger journey, commonly referred to…

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JetBlue's first Airbus A220 rolls off the assembly plant. (Photo: JetBlue)

Qantas Operates Repatriation Flights While Growing Domestic Operations

COVID-19 continues to drastically affect the airline industry, and several airlines — particularly in the U.S. — are actively and rapidly adding new routes to attract passengers and stay afloat. Meanwhile, Qantas looks to work with the Australian government to bring home 1,315 Australians who are currently stuck abroad for various reasons. From mid-October through late-November, the Australian flag carrier will operate eight inbound flights to bring home 1,315 Australian citizens from the United Kingdom, India and South Africa. For these flights, Qantas will use…

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A Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner taxiing at JFK Airport. (Photo: Shaquille Khan)

Arizona Man Looks to Start Sushi Restaurant in Decommissioned 747

In an age where more-and-more airliners fall by the retirement wayside, a Boeing 747 sitting alongside Interstate 10 near Tucson, Ariz. is finding new life. But this time the jet won’t be traversing the skies, instead being commissioned to serve sushi to patrons on the ground. The aircraft, registered as N3439F, is located just east of Pinal Airpark in Marana, Ariz., which is famous for countless stored and scrapped jets. Even though its wings have been clipped — quite literally actually — N3439F will not…

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'Ski' stands alongside his aircraft (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ryan Ewing)

Safe Travel Zone Prompts Quarantine-Free Flights to Australia

A glimmer of hope for a return to some kind of normality in the Trans-Tasman aviation market came a few days ago on Oct. 16, when Air New Zealand and Jetstar started operating flights under the new “Safe Travel Zone” agreed to by the Australian and New Zealand governments. At the beginning of October, the two countries on each side of the Tasman Sea agreed to allow some “quarantine-free” flights to allow people from Auckland, New Zealand, to travel to Sydney without having to quarantine…

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An Air New Zealand Boeing 787 Dreamliner landing in Houston. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)
Delta has officially retired its 737-700 fleet. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Delta Retires Final Eight Boeing 737-700s

Delta Air Lines has retired its final Boeing 737-700 aircraft, sources close to the matter confirmed to AirlineGeeks. Delta had…

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Singapore Airlines Launches Non-Stop Flight to New York

Singapore Airlines has announced its intentions to launch one of the longest non-stop flights in the world: it will return to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport starting on Nov.…

Finnair to Lay Off 10% of Workforce

As part of its plan to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, which has left much of the world immobile, Finnair announced it will be laying off 10% of its employees,…

Alaska Airlines Begins E175 Flights Within Alaska

Air service changes have come in the state of Alaska. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines, with regional partner Horizon Air, announced the intent to bring the Embraer E175 jet to serve smaller…