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An El Al 737-800 in Brussels (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

The Saga of El Al, Air India, and Saudi Arabian Airspace

The Backstory On Thursday, March 22, an Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner took off from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, bound for Tel Aviv, Israel. The flight – Air India flight 139 – took off to the South, avoiding Pakistani airspace in an ever-contentious region of the nation's skies, before continuing east over the Arabian sea before finally making landfall over eastern Oman. Not even an hour later, the flight, up to this point just a run-of-the-mill inaugural flight,…

A321LR Completes Its Longest Flight to Date

When D-AVZO, the new Airbus A321LR's test airframe, touched down on Toulouse in the early morning of March 30, it had completed its longest trip to date.  The 11-hour long flight departed La Pointe Larue Airport, in the Seychelles Islands off the coast of Africa and flew to Airbus' Toulouse…

Weak Link in Boeing’s Supply Chain Limiting 737 Production

Recently, news came to light that one of Boeing’s suppliers, Spirit AeroSystems, was facing difficulties in providing Boeing 737 fuselages to the aircraft manufacturer, further complicating Boeing’s plans to ramp up production of the popular aircraft in the face of growing demand Subcontractor and Labor Delays The Spirit AeroSystems fuselage…

Aigle Azur to Add New Partnerships and Long-Haul Flights

The French airline Aigle Azur announced changes to their route network along with the addition of new airline partnerships and long-haul flights, in the ongoing effort for profitability. These changes come following a major shareholder and management shake-up in 2017, according to Reuters.  The airline began expanding its route map…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Great Lakes Aviation

While major airlines are constantly announcing routes between major cities, its easy for the smaller cities in the United States to get forgotten. Some airlines, however, make small cities their business, especially with the Essential Air Service (EAS) contracts being offered by the government to serve them. With this motivation…

Aegean Airlines Prepares $5 Billion Deal With Airbus to Renew…

Following almost two years of deliberation, Aegean Airlines has chosen Airbus to help renew its fleet. Greece’s largest carrier has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airbus to purchase 30 A320neo family aircraft with options for 12 more. The airline made history when it made its announcement as this…

Air New Zealand to Close Regional Maintenance Bases, Signifies Trouble

Air New Zealand has announced that it is closing another regional MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) facility in Hamilton, New Zealand this May. The closure is the latest in a string of MRO closures for the airline, which has seen a total of 19 employees being reassigned to other locations…

American Airlines Adds New Routes to Argentina, Reduces Brazil Flights

American Airlines announced on March 27 that beginning Dec. 19, 2018 it will commence operating the Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport to Los Angeles (LAX) route, in a three-services per week schedule. The aircraft of choice for the route is the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with 30 fully lie-flat seats in Business…

United Airlines and Air New Zealand Announce New Service to…

Air New Zealand announced new nonstop service between Auckland and Chicago beginning Nov. 30. This new route will deepen the joint venture relationship that United Airlines and Air New Zealand currently have. In addition, United's current seasonal service from San Francisco to Auckland will be extended to year-round service beginning…

Photos: Inside Singapore’s New Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

Singapore Airlines is known for raising the bar in the airline business from stunning first class suites to pioneering the Airbus A380. The airline will be upping its game yet again for medium-haul routes operated by its new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. On Sunday, Singapore took delivery of Boeing's latest Dreamliner…