American Airlines to Fly Its 737 MAX to South America

American Airlines has its recently reintroduced Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft scheduled to fly between the U.S and South America. From March 5, the Forth Worth-based carrier will fly the single-aisle Boeing between Miami and Manaus in northeastern Brazil. The news was reported by Aviacionline, based on Cirium data. From March 5, American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8s will fly four times a week between Miami and Manaus. Flights leave Miami at 5:15 p.m., arriving at Manaos past 1 a.m. After a short 1 hour…

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American's first 737 MAX 8 departing from Boeing Field on a test flight (Photo: AirlineGeeks)

Avianca Suspends International Flights

The evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the end of the pandemic is still further away than we once expected. While vaccination progresses in more than 100 countries all around the world, there are still many restrictions and border closures due to the appearance of new virus variants. With passenger demand very slowly recovering, many airlines are very cautious before returning their offer to "normality". One of those airlines is the Colombian national carrier Avianca. On Tuesday, it announced the cancellation of more…

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An Avianca 787 Dreamliner coming in to land. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

United Offering $70 Fares to Destinations Over 70 Degrees

After nearly a year of stay-at-home orders, people are desperate for a vacation, and many are thinking about beach destinations this spring and summer. Fortunately, on Tuesday, United Airlines announced that dozens of its routes would be on sale for as low as $70 beginning Mar. 5. The carrier is advertising "fares under $70 to destinations over 70 degrees" for one-way flights from its hubs in Chicago O'Hare, Denver, San Francisco, Houston/George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Newark Liberty and Washington Dulles. The airline is also offering…

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A United 737 MAX 9 on the ground in Houston. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Peter Weiland)

Final Bombardier CRJ Leaves Assembly

On Sunday, the final Bombardier CRJ aircraft came off the assembly line at the manufacturer's Mirabel plant in Canada, marking the end of the jet’s 30-year history and the closing of the facility. The CRJ-900, registered N840SK, is the 1,945th produced and will be delivered to Delta Air Lines and operated by SkyWest Airlines. SkyWest is one of the primary operators of the aircraft, with 371 in the fleet. The regional carrier flies the CRJ on behalf of Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United…

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An Endeavor Air CRJ900 painted in the Delta Connection livery. (Photo: AirlineGeeks)

COMAC C919 Secures its First Firm Orders

China Eastern Airlines, a launch customer of the COMAC C919 signed a firm order with the state-owned aircraft manufacturer on Monday to purchase five of the narrow-body aircraft, the China Commercial Aircraft Corporation (COMAC) said. The airline, which signed a letter of intent with COMAC in 2010, is expected to receive the first C919 aircraft this year once they are certified by the Chinese aeronautical authority. COMAC's Selling Points The C919, which will compete with the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, is widely regarded as…

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A Comac C919 conducting high-speed taxiing (Photo: Comac)

Northern English Airports Call for Government Support

Leaders from six North of England airports have signed a letter to the government asking for more support to help the travel sector recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The airports joined forces to urge the U.K. Government to back the sector in next week's budget. The group also requested a cost-effective system to enable travel to restart on the proposed date of May 17.  As the U.K. is planning its route out of its third national lockdown, uncertainty looms over when Britons will be able…

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A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 taxis past Terminal Two at Manchester Airport (Photo: Manchester Airport)

United Airlines Adds 25 737 MAX Orders

United Airlines on Monday morning announced that it is adding an additional 25 Boeing 737 MAX jets to its existing orders. The airline is also expediting deliveries of its existing MAX orders as the airline prepares for a recovery in travel demand. The newest planes that Boeing ordered are set to be delivered in 2023. It moved 40 deliveries up to 2022 and will take another five deliveries to 2023 along with the new orders. United is taking a total of 94 new aircraft through…

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A United 737 MAX 9 at Boeing's Renton factory. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Delta, Deloitte Formulate Agreement For Carbon Emission Reductions

In the aviation industry, an industry which by its very nature seems to be detrimental to the environment, the pursuit toward minimizing air pollution and addressing component companies' carbon footprint continues as airlines worldwide continue to work to tackle the prominent issue.  Delta Airlines has become the latest player to equip itself to reduce carbon emissions and improve fuel economy. On Friday, the airline announced a sustainable fuel partnership with Deloitte as part of its plan to ultimately operate more eco-friendly business travel for partner…

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A Delta A220-100 landing in Dallas/Fort Worth after a proving flight. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ben Suskind)

Czech Carrier CSA On The Brink Of Bankruptcy

An airline that has been flying across Europe and the world for the past 98 years could be the next victim of the pandemic-induced crisis in the aviation industry. Prague-based Czech Airlines (CSA), the flag carrier for the Czech Republic, has filed for reorganization under the country’s Insolvency Act. Before making this decision, the company had sent a letter to its entire 430-person workforce informing them that they were going to be dismissed, leaving the carrier with no staff. The airline is unable to meet…

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A Czech Airlines A319 landing at London Heathrow. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Brazilian Anti-Trust Body Approves LATAM-Delta Joint Venture

As the COVID-19 pandemic razes both the Brazilian health system and national demand for air travel, one airline had at least a reason to celebrate this week. The country's national anti-trust authority, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), has approved the intended joint venture between Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and local LATAM Airlines Group. The agreement was accepted by the regulator with no conditions set. As a result, the joint venture agreement will allow both Delta and LATAM to communicate between themselves and coordinate flights, routings and pricing…

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A LATAM Brasil A350-900 lands in São Paulo/Guarulhos. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)
An American 787-9 landing in Dallas/Fort Worth (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Airline Alliances Through Equity Stakes: Is the Business Model Dead?

In 2014, Etihad Airways introduced its own global alliance with the aim of linking several of its major airline investments…

Opinion: Airlines Are Shilling for Third Bailout. That Can’t Happen.

Late last year, the impending arrival of vaccines for COVID-19 stood as a glimmer of hope for the travel industry. Many thought vaccines would help travel return and begin down…

Opinion: It’s Time for Airline Loyalty Programs to Add Value

Over the past several years, airlines in the U.S. have gorged on easy business, many making money hand over fist. This led to some brazen liberties taken by three of…

Volaris Shares 2020 Results, Projects 2021 Performance

In a recent interview with the adn40 newscast, the CEO of Volaris, Enrique Beltranena, said that the Mexican ultra-low-cost airline ended the last quarter of the year operating at 95%…

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American Airlines to Fly Its 737 MAX to South America

American Airlines has its recently reintroduced Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft scheduled to fly between the U.S and South America. From March 5, the Forth Worth-based carrier will fly the…

Avianca Suspends International Flights

The evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the end of the pandemic is still further away than we once expected. While vaccination progresses in more than 100 countries…

United Offering $70 Fares to Destinations Over 70 Degrees

After nearly a year of stay-at-home orders, people are desperate for a vacation, and many are thinking about beach destinations this spring and summer. Fortunately, on Tuesday, United Airlines announced…