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WestJet Expands European Network with New Barcelona Flight

Calgary-based WestJet launched seasonal nonstop flights to Barcelona's El Prat Airport from its hub at Toronto on Friday, marking WestJet's fifth transatlantic service. Joining the list of the airline's mostly seasonal European operation, this is also the airline's first flight to Spain and the Iberian Peninsula. The new service will be operated on its existing Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, however, and not its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. "This flight between Barcelona and Toronto complements our existing Toronto to London Gatwick service…

Boeing Secures First Major Order Since 737 MAX Grounding

There is no doubt that 2019 is not treating Boeing well, as a consequence of the second 737 MAX accident, followed by the global grounding of the entire fleet. Last April, the builder was unable to secure any new orders both for its short and long-haul products, triggering questions about…

Brazilian Government Suspends Avianca Brasil

The government of Brazil has suspended operations of the troubled Avianca Brasil. The decision came into effect on Friday, with the airline acknowledging the government's decision. The reason for the suspension was given as unspecified safety concerns. The airline has been in financial trouble for over a year. The Brazilian…

Vistara Acquires ex-Jet Airways Boeing 737s

In the continued gutting of Jet Airways, it has now been announced that Indian carrier Vistara will be leasing four Boeing 737-800 aircraft that originally belonged to Jet Airways. This is an attempt to grow the airline which currently has a five percent market share in India and also make…

More than Just a Flying Billboard: Inside the Goodyear Blimp

If you were watching the PGA Golf Tournament at Bethpage Black on television this weekend, there’s a good chance that part of the live feed on your television came from the Goodyear Blimp. A frequent attendee at many of the country’s most notable sporting events, the massive airship with the…

Final Airplane in Virgin America Colors Heads to Paint Shop

Richard Branson’s American airline operation Virgin America was merged with Alaska Airlines in April 2016, and by January 2018 all of the airline’s fleet had moved to Alaska. Founded as Virgin USA in January 2004, the low-fares airline had its operations center in the San Francisco Bay Area. Due to…

Air Europa Seeks Entry into Brazil’s Domestic Market

Air Europa applied last Friday to operate domestic flights within Brazil. The move is a direct result of new laws in Brazil allowing foreign airlines 100 percent ownership of Brazilian airlines, whereas foreign ownership was previously limited to 25 percent. Brazil's congress approved last Wednesday the new law, which included…

British Airways’ Alex Cruz Outlines Tough Decisions in Recent Interview

Last February, British Airways announced some of its best financial results on record Generating more than £2 billion ($2.53 billion) in profits for the year 2018, with an operating margin 15 percent higher than in 2017, the flag carrier stood firm amidst rising oil prices and widespread uncertainties due to…

Qantas Schedules Last 747 Flight to Hawaii, Confirms Final Service…

As Qantas continues scaling back the use of its Boeing 747-400 aircraft on transpacific routes, a spokesperson from the airline has confirmed to AirlineGeeks that another U.S. route will see the jumbo jet disappear this summer. On Aug. 28, the Sydney to Honolulu route will revert back to the Airbus…

Far East Air Transport Cancels Flights as Aging Aircraft Exceed…

Hundreds of passengers were left stranded throughout Southeast Asia last week as Taiwan's Far East Air Transport abruptly canceled a significant number of flights. Flights to countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam, China, Japan and South Korea were primarily affected as the airline insisted the cancellations were enacted in order…