Eurowings’ New Corona Insurance Will Be Free to Customers Through Sept. 27

The coronavirus  pandemic continues to plague the airline industry into the fall travel season, and carriers are considering all options to get people flying. One tool that has become popular among many airlines is COVID-19 insurance, and as of Monday, Eurowings has become the latest airline to offer travel protection. The Eurowings Corona insurance is offered for free to any person who books an international roundtrip flight in any fare class on the Eurowings website or mobile app through Sept. 27, 2020. The purpose of…

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A Eurowings A330 in Las Vegas. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Colombia Resumes 63 Routes As Part of Plan to Reinstate Connectivity

Throughout September, Colombia has resumed commercial airline operations. Domestic flights were allowed back to the skies on Sept. 1 and international fights restarted on Sept. 19. As the country continues to reopen its skies, Colombia announced it will be reopening 63 domestic routes from major cities such as Bogotá, Medellin, Cali and Cartagena, according to Latin American portal Aviaciónline. In a document distributed by Colombia’s civil aviation authority, as part of the nation’s second phase of transport activities resumption, flights from Bogotá, the Colombian capital,…

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An Avianca Brasil A320 (Photo: Rafael Luiz Canossa [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)])

Alamosa Unable to Qualify for Part 139 Certification, Current EAS Contract Extended

Just like airlines, airports in the U.S. are required to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and must each pass a certain number of qualifications. The city of Alamosa, Colorado has been improving its airport, the San Luis Valley Regional Airport, for the past couple of years so that they may get certified under 14 CFR Part 139. In order to qualify for Part 139 airport certification, a facility must have certain steps and procedures in place that make it able to handle…

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The terminal building of the San Luis Valley Regional Airport in Alamosa, Colo. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

JetBlue Announces New A321LR Tail and More Routes

In a time of bad news and a gloomy industry outlook, new announcements have been relatively short to come by. JetBlue has become the latest airline to make a new announcement, this time featuring their newest livery, confirming their newest destination, and announcing expansion plans out of Hartford, Connecticut.  JetBlue's Newest Destination While the New York-based carrier had previously announced intentions to begin flights to Europe, plans were slightly unknown due to the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline confirmed that it would be…

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JetBlue's newest tail design "Streamers" in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: JetBlue)

The AirlineGeeks Podcast Episode 15: United Airlines Protects Pilots Among Staffing Lawsuit as FAA Saves…

Thank you for reading the AirlineGeeks Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at this week’s episode of our news podcast. For our full analysis of each of these stories, you can listen to The AirlineGeeks Podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, or through our distributor, Anchor. For our first story, we discuss United Airlines’ tentative agreement with its pilot union to protect 3,000 pilots from involuntary furloughs. The agreement makes available a new early leave package for pilots over 50, while pilots…

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Malaysia Airlines Remains Optimistic Amid Pandemic

Six months into the Coronavirus pandemic, Malaysia Airlines is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. According to New Straits Times, the carrier is going to add 50% of flight capacity with 150 flights daily by the end of the year. Amhad Luqman Mohd Azmi, the carrier's Chief Operating Officer, said there were 300 flights per day before the pandemic and the new plan is according to the coronavirus cases in the country. “However, we are very cautious about adding capacity and frequency…

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A Malaysia Airlines A350 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ben Suskind)

Hong Kong Suspends Cathay Dragon, Air India Flights

Hong Kong has temporarily barred Cathay Dragon’s flights from Kuala Lumpur and all Air India flights from operating in the city after a number of passengers originating from India tested positive for COVID-19. Cathay Dragon acknowledged the temporary suspension in a press release on Sunday citing it was informed by the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) of the decision. Cathay Dragon’s passenger flights from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong will be prohibited from landing at Hong Kong International Airport for two weeks from Sept. 20 to…

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Air India narrowbody aircraft (Photo: Kambui [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)])

Kenya Airways Needs $500 Million State Aid Package to Remain Airborne

Kenya Airways PLC is seeking $500 million from the Kenyan government to navigate the COVID-19 crisis after its first-half revenue plunged by 50%, per Group's CEO Allan Kilavuka as reported by Bloomberg. The airline is on the verge of nationalization, a process that is believed will put it on a level playing field with its closest, and regional, rival Ethiopian. “If we don’t restructure the airline, and take the airline as is into this organization, then we are doing a disservice to the taxpayer,” said…

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Kenya Airways' 787 Dreamliner arrives at JFK. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Tom Pallini)

Due to Weak Recovery, Lufthansa Further Reduces Fleet and Staff

The summer has passed and the prospects for the aviation industry's recovery are once again exhausted. The high season ends and, except for some signs of recovery in demand that was seen in July and August, the market again shows the impact of COVID-19 on European aviation. For that reason, Lufthansa decided it must advance the intense restructuring program that ReNew called and took strong steps to reduce costs and financial risk. In a statement, the company determined that the initial expectation of recovering 50%…

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Lufthansa's A380 preparing to depart for its original destination after diverting to Austin on Oct. 1, 2018 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mateen Kontoravdis)

Scenic Flights Could Provide Help to Airlines

Qantas Airlines recently announced a “flight to nowhere” that sold out in ten minutes. The flight will be a scenic seven-hour flight around eastern Australia. The airline has been hemorrhaging money since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic effectively closed international borders and even state borders in the country. However, scenic flights may provide some relief to Qantas and other airlines around the world.    For Qantas, this flight around the country will provide 130 passengers with views of some of eastern Austalia’s landmarks and natural…

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A Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner taxiing at JFK Airport. (Photo: Shaquille Khan)
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In this exclusive interview with Brian Kondrad, the assistant general manager of Boutique Air, we discuss the carrier's plan to…

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As the airline industry grapples with the health and economic consequences of COVID-19, one might be tempted to look at how the world managed and recovered from the world’s last…

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These days, many people in and around the industry see Air India as a poorly run airline that most avoid flying if they can help it. They’re known for poor…

JetBlue Announces New A321LR Tail and More Routes

In a time of bad news and a gloomy industry outlook, new announcements have been relatively short to come by. JetBlue has become the latest airline to make a new…

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Eurowings’ New Corona Insurance Will Be Free to Customers Through Sept. 27

The coronavirus  pandemic continues to plague the airline industry into the fall travel season, and carriers are considering all options to get people flying. One tool that has become popular…

Colombia Resumes 63 Routes As Part of Plan to Reinstate Connectivity

Throughout September, Colombia has resumed commercial airline operations. Domestic flights were allowed back to the skies on Sept. 1 and international fights restarted on Sept. 19. As the country continues…

Alamosa Unable to Qualify for Part 139 Certification, Current EAS Contract Extended

Just like airlines, airports in the U.S. are required to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and must each pass a certain number of qualifications. The city of…