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Norwegian To Expand Low-Cost Model Further East to Singapore

Norwegian Air Shuttle has announced plans to launch flights to Singapore from London Gatwick by September of this year. Beginning on September 28, the flights will be launched on a four times per week basis, with an expansion to five weekly by the winter of this year. Norwegian aims to start at prices from £179 one way. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners that the airline has in its fleet will enable them to offer up to 344 seats on the route, highlighting the flexibility to provide…

Emirates Cuts U.S. Service Frequencies: Is It a Political Play…

Gulf carrier Emirates Airline has responded to the recent travel disruption caused by President Trump's administration by announcing a reduction in services to the U.S. A move to combat a "weakened travel demand" and a reduction in bookings will see some weekly frequency, and in some cases, daily frequency routes…

Opinion: Why Senator Bernie Sanders Misses the Point on the…

In a statement to the press on Sunday, Senator and former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders described the airline industry as “dysfunctional,” stating that “what we do need is to take a hard look at the airlines in this country and make them much more responsive to the consumers than they…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Transbrasil

The Brazilian airline known initially as Sadia was founded in 1955 as the sister company to S/A Indústria e Comércio Concórdia. On March 16, 1956, their first aircraft, a DC-3, took to the skies under the name Sadia S/A - Transportes Aereos. It was founded by local entrepreneur Omar Fontana, who remained the…

A Forgotten Soviet Shoot-Down: The Story of Korean Air 902

In September 1983 the Cold War was on the brink of becoming hot. The Soviet Union had shot down a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 that had strayed over their airspace. The strike resulted in the deaths of all 269 on board, including prominent conservative congressman Larry McDonald.  The intentional…

Virgin America Becomes World’s First Airbus A321neo Operator

On Thursday, Virgin America took delivery of their first Airbus A321neo aircraft, becoming the initial operator for the Airbus narrow-body airplane. The New Engine Option (NEO) aircraft is powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A power plants, which reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by approximately 15 percent. The engines also provide a…

Opinion: Are U.S. Airline Flights to Cuba a Lost Cause?

Back in December, I wrote an article discussing airlines’ overzealousness to jump into the Cuban aviation market. It was right on the heels of American announcing they would be cutting a couple of their flights from Miami to secondary Cuban cities and downgrading a few others to regional jets. Many…

Alaska Finds Increasing Potential in Flyover States

Outside of the main legacy carriers and Southwest, Midwestern cities have struggled to consistently land service from carriers based in the East and West coasts, such as jetBlue, Virgin America, and Alaska. Since 2010, however, Alaska has made significant inroads to the Midwest. In 2010, cities in the states of…

Norwegian Brushes off Concerns Regarding IAG’s Level

Norwegian Air CEO, Bjorn Kjos, announced yesterday that he is not wavered or concerned about IAG’s plans to start a low-cost airline offering transatlantic flights. Norwegian Air has all but dominated the low-cost, long-haul market from their base at London Gatwick, where with their young fleet of Boeing 787’s have managed to…

Qatar Continues Planning for New Domestic Airline In India

In an effort to compete with Emirates and Etihad within India, Doha-based Qatar Airways has been eyeing a large expansion by creating a new domestic airline within the Indian market. Last month, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker announced plans to launch a 100% foreign-owned airline in India through a…