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Air Italy Signs Codeshare Agreement with LATAM

Qatar Airways' brainchild, Italian carrier Air Italy announced it had signed a codeshare agreement with South American oneworld alliance member LATAM Airlines. The new agreement involves a codeshare in LATAM's two daily flights between Brazil and Italy. Passengers to and from flights JJ8110 from Sao Paulo Guarulhos to Rome and LA8062 from Sao Paulo to Milan Malpenasa (MXP) will be able to seamlessly connect to four domestic destinations under the new accord. Air Italy’s flights between Milan Malpensa and Catania, Lamezia…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Virgin America

Over the years Richard Branson and the Virgin Group have built an empire that spans the globe. Included in his empire has been multiple airlines, including the group's flagship airline Virgin Atlantic. In the early 2000s, the Virgin Group and Richard Branson set its sights on conquering the skies above…

Azul and Copa Airlines Announce Codeshare Agreement

Azul Brazilian Airlines and Copa Airlines announced a codeshare agreement that will connect two large networks in Latin America. Now Copa customers can use Azul’s network in Brazil with 101 domestic destinations, 52 not served by any other airline and Azul clients can use Copa’s presence in many Latin America…

Long Beach Airport Increases Slot Utilization

Airlines at Long Beach Airport will soon have to increase their utilization of slots. According to the local Press-Telegram, the Long Beach city council voted last night to increase the required utilization rate of slots for airlines operating into the airport. Previously, airlines were required to have a 57 percent…

Airline Industry Group in India Requests Financial Assistance for Major…

The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), an airline industry group that speaks on behalf of several major carriers, has penned a formal letter to the nation’s aviation ministry requesting assistance in obtaining unsecured loans to offset ongoing losses. As reported in Bloomberg, airlines are “facing challenging times and substantial losses…

Japanese Carriers Strengthen Alcohol Rules

Two mainstream Japan-based carriers, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, have introduced new methods to prevent pilot drinking incidents. According to Mainichi Shimbun, Japan Airlines pilots have failed breathalyzer alcohol tests on 19 occasions since last August. The failed tests have caused 12 domestic delays due to pilot switches and…

Picking Up the Pieces: Libyan Carriers Find Their Postwar Footing

While the Arab Spring brought forward new scenes for the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, the airlines of these countries have had to make sure that their local citizens have the ability to continue to receive their services despite the political landscape. No country was more impacted…

LATAM Adds New Routes from Lima Hub Despite Airport Congestion

South America's largest carrier LATAM Airlines announced two new routes from its hub in Lima, operated by its Peruvian subsidiary LATAM Peru. The new additions reinforce the hub’s position as an important connecting point between countries in the southern hemisphere with North America and the Caribbean. Scheduled to commence on…

Delta Tacks on More Airbus A330neo Orders to Support International…

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has expanded their current A330neo order from 25 to 35 aircraft with the order of ten additional Airbus A330-900s, according to a press release from the airline. The order, which was made to support Delta’s international growth strategy, goes alongside an agreement by the airline and…

Nigeria’s Aging Aircraft Struggle Continues as Government Seeks Increased Control

Nigerian aviation experts are now looking for ways to lessen public concern over the age and safety of the country's airlines' aircraft as government officials are calling them into question, Lagos newspaper Vanguard reported Saturday. The response comes after reports surfaced earlier this week that aircraft of the nation's airlines had…