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This Week in Aviation: 5 Things to Know

With the airline and aviation constantly changing, our team has begun a new series titled “This Week in Aviation.” Each Monday morning we will give readers a quick outlook on what to expect for the upcoming week.  American and United Grow With Chicago O'Hare Plans Just today, the city of Chicago announced that a new $1.3 billion runway will be built to support future growth at the airport. Rather than the investment being taken on fully by the city of…

Aviation Art: From Photos to Beautiful Sketches

Have you ever been bored and doodled some airplane "art" on a piece of paper or even a napkin? As aviation enthusiasts, we all probably have at some point, but our doodles don't even come close in comparison to this AvGeek's aviation sketches. Meet Carlos Lugo, an aviation student currently…

Ryanair Lock Horns with Europe’s Air Traffic Control

Low-cost airline Ryanair has called upon the European Commission and Parliament to take action to prevent further disruption following the latest air traffic controller's (ATC) decision to strike. Ryanair’s head of marketing, Kenny Jacobs, stated, “It's disgraceful that Europe’s consumers repeatedly have their travel plans disrupted or cancelled by the selfish…

An AvGeek’s Perspective: The 737 MAX’s First Flight

Awe-inspiring: that, in my opinion, is the best word to describe watching the Boeing 737 MAX 8 take to the cloudy, grey Washington skies for the first time. Here's how the day shaped up: At 5 am, I work up to some "pump-up" music. At 6:15 am, I drove from…

ANALYSIS: Why American Airlines Should Further Align with Etihad

Over the past several years, competition has been heating up between American carriers and their rivals overseas. One unique spotlight has been American Airlines, who while has gone on record decrying that Etihad, Emirates, and Qatar all operate as government subsidized airlines, has formed significant partnerships with both Etihad and…

Airline Metrics: Passenger Load Factor

Ashwin Jadhav, a member of our AirlineGeeks team, will be authoring a weekly series highlighting some of the important metrics that airlines monitor on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly basis to improve performance. From a passenger’s perspective, this series will provide an excellent insight on how these metrics…

Iran Strikes a Deal with Airbus

January 28, 2016, was not only a big day for Iranian aviation but also for the Airbus Corporation. Not only did Iran place an order for 118 new aircraft, but all 118 airframes were also placed in a single order with Airbus. The order consists of 73 widebody jets and…

United to Launch Direct Service from San Francisco to Singapore

United Airlines has announced nonstop service between its hub in San Francisco and Singapore beginning June 1, 2016, pending government and regulatory approval. The airline will operate its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on the new route. The aircraft features 48 BusinessFirst seats and 204 Economy seats, including 88 seats in…

Cathay Pacific Announces Rebranding of Dragonair

Hong-Kong based Cathay Pacific has unveiled that Dragonair will soon be rebranded as Cathay Dragon, leading into "a new era of opportunity and growth." The rebranding of the low-cost subsidy is aimed at capitalizing on Cathay Pacific’s high international brand recognition. The rebranding is made up of a new logo…

Emirates to Fly Nonstop to Auckland

Dubai-based Emirates has announced it will fly nonstop to Auckland beginning March 1st, 2016. The new service will be in addition to the airline’s existing flights, which now gives New Zealand five daily roundtrip flights from Emirates. Three flights to Auckland are operated by the airline’s flagship Airbus A380 aircraft…