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)

British Airways Increases Frequencies to Leisure Destinations in Response to New Travel Guidance

British Airways has announced that it will be adding more than 90,000 seats to leisure destinations in June. The news comes as the U.K. government has given Britons the green light to travel abroad starting May 17. The extra flights are primarily to Greece and The Canary Islands, both popular destinations for tourists in Europe. The airline said in a press release that the new services are in response to "overwhelming interest" from customers on its website. The oneworld carrier will tack higher frequencies onto 26 destinations.…

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A British Airways A380 at LAX (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Greg Linton)

ANA, Japan Airlines Strengthening Low-Cost Services

With uncertainty remaining over when – or if – travel demand will make a full-fledged recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, two of Japan's major airlines are positioning themselves to take advantage of any upturn with a punt on low-cost services, per Kyodo News. As leisure demand is expected to have a much faster recovery as compared to business travel, ANA Holdings Inc. and Japan Airlines have both decided to strengthen their relationships with low-cost carriers. However, the move by the two major airlines – which…

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JAL's first A350 in Toulouse (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ryan Ewing)

China Airlines Pilot Quarantines Jeopardize Operations

Taiwan’s China Airlines' first pilot has been diagnosed with the Covid-19 in Australia. The affected pilot cluster had a combined of 35 patients at the moment, including 13 pilots and one flight attendant. Taiwan achieved notable success in Covid-19 since the pandemic had begun, but the pilot cluster has given the government a real headache. Taiwan‘s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) is going to tighten China Airlines’ coronavirus restrictions, per Focus Taiwan, and is requesting all pilots undergo a 14-day quarantine before leaving Taiwan, the…

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A China Airlines A350-900XWB in a special joint livery with Airbus (Photo: Airbus)

U.S. Airlines Hit by East Coast Pipeline Shutdown

Several American Airlines flights have been scheduled with unusual domestic stops as the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, which was brought on by a ransomware attack on Saturday, continues toward its fourth day. At the time of writing, two notable routes, both out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, have been affected. American’s 6:40 p.m. flight from Charlotte to London’s Heathrow Airport will stop in Boston, while its 11:40 a.m. flight to Honolulu will stop in Dallas/Fort Worth. American Airlines confirmed the outage…

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An American Airlines Boeing 777 being towed in Chicago. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Greg Linton)
The Avelo aircraft is seen during the Avelo Air aircraft shoot at Hollywood Burbank Airport on April 07, 2021 in Burbank, California. (Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Avelo Air)

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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…

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

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…

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