Mexican Carriers Start April with Good News

Although Latin America is going through a difficult time due to new outbreaks of COVID-19, positive news has come out in Mexico regarding the development and recovery of its airline sector. Viva Aerobus, Mexico's ultra-low-cost airline, surpassed one million passengers in March 2021, a growth of 67.7% compared to last February. In a press release, the carrier announced that in March 2020, the month when the pandemic began to affect passenger demand in the aviation industry, Viva Aerobus achieved an increase by 27.3%. The statement…

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

Connect Airlines Plans To Reconnect Canada – United States

In the wake of the Air Canada-Air Transat merger termination, the business industry of Canada might just get an additional competitor to add to the mix. The Toronto-based firm, calling itself Connect Airlines, targets a late 2021 launch date and wants to lure in business travelers as they make their way back to aircraft in post-pandemic Canada. Connect Airlines would be the second company formed by John Thomas, an Australian who as already created a business jet firm in the United States called Waltzing Matilda…

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Flybe Dash 8s stored in Limburg, Netherlands at Maastricht Aachen Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

Malaysia Airlines Extends Widebody FHS Contract with Airbus

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Malaysia Airlines have signed a five-year extension of its Flight Hour Services Components contract for the carrier's wide-body fleets, which consists of the Airbus A330-300s and the A350-900s. The extension will also include the A330-200Fs operated by the carrier's cargo counterpart, MASKargo. This comes as a result from the Malaysian carrier's recently completed restructuring exercise and the agreement was signed in Kuala Lumpur by Airbus President Asia-Pacific Anand Stanley and Malaysia Airlines Chief Operations Officer Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi. Maintaining…

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

Passionate Aviator Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Dies Aged 99

The world woke up on Friday morning to the sad news that His Royal Highness Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99. A life dedicated to being by the side of his wife, HRH The Queen, for more than 70 years. Whilst the world will fondly look back at his public duty representing the Queen and the United Kingdom across the globe throughout his life, it is right to highlight the Duke's love of flying and aviation and remember his active duty during…

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Prince Philip at the controls of a Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C (Photo: AP Photo)

JAL Retires Pratt & Whitney-Powered 777s

Japan Airlines has announced the retirement of all of its Prat & Whitney–powered Boeing 777s a year earlier than planned a little over a month after a similar United Airlines aircraft suffered an uncontained engine failure, raining debris over a Denver-area neighborhood. “JAL has decided to accelerate the retirement of all P&W equipped Boeing 777 by March 2021, which [was] originally planned by March 2022,” the Japanese airline said on Monday in a statement. When the airline first suspended the operation of the aircraft, it…

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A Japan Airlines 777-200 at the gate in Los Angeles. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Leaked Wizz Air Meeting Highlights Company’s Apparent Pilot Redundancy Culture

An audio recording of an online meeting held in April 2020 has supposedly revealed how low-cost carrier Wizz Air decided to make certain pilots redundant, following its announcement to cut the workforce by up to 20% following the outbreak of the coronavirus last year. In the meeting held online, a manager is heard saying, “We start off with the bad apples, so anyone who has caused you grief on a routine basis,” before suggesting “excessive sickness” or declining to work on days off are among…

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Wizz Air will operate its A320 family aircraft on new Abu Dhabi flights. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Aron Mester)

Southwest Grounds 737 MAXs After Production Issue

Southwest Airlines has grounded 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets after Boeing revealed an electrical power system issue on some aircraft. Boeing has asked 16 customers to check the electrical systems on some planes and verify “that a sufficient ground path exists for a component of the electrical power system,” per a company statement Boeing did not say which airlines are affected in its statement, but Southwest, American and United all say their fleets have been. Southwest is the most affected airline of the three, as…

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A Boeing 737 MAX 8 for Southwest during test flights at Paine Field. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Interview: Avelo Airlines CEO Andrew Levy On the U.S.’s Newest Airline

On Thursday morning, Avelo Airlines — a new low-cost U.S. airline based in Houston — announced it had begun selling tickets for its first flights: 11 routes to as many cities in the Western U.S. operating from Hollywood Burbank Airport just north of Los Angeles. The airline is headed by Andrew Levy, a multi-decade veteran of the industry who has worked at big-name airlines like United Airlines and Allegiant Air and still serves on the board of directors of Panamanian flag carrier Copa Airlines. Levy…

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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)

LATAM Brasil to Phase Out A350-900 Fleet by Next Week

Still responding to the short- and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on international air travel, LATAM Airlines Brasil, Brazil's second-largest domestic carrier and the largest by international metrics, is retiring its entire A350-900 fleet by the next week. Brazil's was LATAM's only branch operating the A350, meaning the aircraft will leave the group. It also means the group's widebody fleet will be solely composed by Boeing aircraft - LATAM currently operates the 767-300, the 787-8, the 787-9 and the 777-300. The announcement, according to…

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A LATAM Brasil A350-900 lands in São Paulo/Guarulhos. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Allegiant Air Joins Airlines Expanding Austin Presence

The Allegiant Travel Company and its subsidiary Allegiant Air have announced plans for a base at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. This move becomes Allegiant’s latest major announcement during the COVID-19 pandemic where there has been a significant focus on leisure travel. The announcement also comes just weeks after American Airlines announced that it would be significantly increasing its presence at the Central Texas airport.    Allegiant, which operates out of the airport’s South Terminal, will base three Airbus A320 aircraft at the airport and invest roughly…

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An Allegiant A320 on final approach to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mateen Kontoravdis)
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Although Latin America is going through a difficult time due to new outbreaks of COVID-19, positive news has come out in Mexico regarding the development and recovery of its airline…

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In the wake of the Air Canada-Air Transat merger termination, the business industry of Canada might just get an additional competitor to add to the mix. The Toronto-based firm, calling…

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European aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Malaysia Airlines have signed a five-year extension of its Flight Hour Services Components contract for the carrier's wide-body fleets, which consists of the Airbus A330-300s…