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Southwest Drops Two of Three Cuba Routes

From September 4, 2017, Southwest Airlines will end service to two of the three cities the airline flies to in Cuba. The airline currently serves Varadero and Santa Clara once daily from Ft. Lauderdale and Havana three times daily, twice from Ft. Lauderdale and once from Tampa. Southwest initially began flights to Varadero on November 13, 2016 and to Santa Clara on December 15, 2016. However, less than a year since flights began, both routes will be dropped from the…

Norwegian Takes Delivery of the Boeing 737 MAX 8

As of June 29, 2017, Norwegian Air took delivery of two 737 MAX 8s, becoming the first European airline to take delivery of a 737 MAX aircraft. Following a ceremony and celebration at Boeing's Seattle Delivery Center, select guests departed on one of the two new aircraft for a flight…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Go Fly

In the 1990s, the low-cost market in Europe was booming. Both Easyjet and Ryanair were experiencing success in offering low-cost, no frill flights. This success began to effect the performance of full service carriers in Europe. British Airways decided to fight this competition by starting its own low-cost airline separate…

Alaska Introduces Mariners-themed Aircraft

On June 28, 2017, in a special gate celebration at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Alaska Airlines introduced a Boeing 737-800 with a special Mariners livery, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the team as well as their partnership. Passengers bound for Santa Ana, California on Alaska flight 506 were greeted by the…

EasyJet Launches Skill on Amazon Alexa

As of June 26, 2017, easyJet announced that it has launched a 'skill' on Amazon Alexa, becoming the first European airline to do so. A 'skill' is a program built in to Amazon Alexa that allows users to interact with the device using just their voice. “We are delighted to…

Indianapolis Boosts Incentives for International Flights, Targets British Airways

The Indianapolis Airport Authority has boosted the incentive package it is offering to airlines wanting to start international flights to the airport. The airport and the city have been trying for years to start transatlantic service, with flights to London being their primary goal. Presently, Toronto and Cancun are the…

AirAsia X Flight Forced to Turn Around Due to Technical…

Passengers on a recent AirAsia X flight from Perth, Australia to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were in for a surprise on Sunday as the aircraft was forced to return to Perth while shaking like a "washing machine" for two hours, according to passengers. Passengers reported hearing a "huge bang" about two…

Alaska Airlines Offers Chance to View the “Great American Eclipse”

On Aug. 21, 2017, Alaska Airlines will be hosting a special charter flight to view the “Great American Eclipse” from 35,000 feet in the air. The flight is specifically geared to pre-selected astronomy enthusiasts and eclipse chasers. Departing Portland at 7:30 AM, this flight will allow the passengers to be…

The Best of Texas: Austin Bergstrom International Airport

Texas. Its history is a long and complicated one, having been a part of Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America, and finally, the United States of America. In 1845, Texas became the 28th state to enter the union, and 172 years later it stands…

Virgin Atlantic Announces Additional Flights from Glasgow to Orlando

Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will be increasing its Glasgow to Orlando service with additional flights. The trip over the pond, which which was originally planned to operate only for the summer, will now be operated until November. This is not the first time the airline has included these…