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Indigo Partners’ JetSmart Chile Orders Six Additional A320neos, Adds New Base

Three years after setting off on Chilean soil, Indigo Partners' JetSmart Chile is ready to set pace for a second base in the country in the city of Concepcion, 300 miles south of the capital of Santiago. Basing new aircraft in the Chilean provincial city, JetSmart will become the first of the three main domestic operators in Chile to position aircraft outside the capital. The new base, which will be launched in August, will enable the airline to continue its…

United’s ConnectionSaver Isn’t Getting Enough Attention

Earlier this year United introduced a new system called ConnectionSaver. This system, on a broad level, scans flights for customers making tight connections and looks at many variables to determine if it’s worthwhile to delay the passenger’s connecting flight without inconveniencing other customers or creating a ripple effect that would…

WestJet Shareholders Approve Onex Acquisition

During a special meeting held at WestJet’s headquarters in Calgary on Tuesday, airline shareholders and option holders overwhelmingly voted to approve the acquisition agreement reached by WestJet and Onex Corporation (Onex) on May 12, 2019. Under the terms of the purchase, Onex and its affiliated funds will acquire all outstanding…

British Airways Receives First Airbus A350-1000

British Airways took delivery of their first A350-1000 from Airbus on Saturday, albeit a little later than initially planned. Touching down just before 2:00 p.m. G-XWBA, the first of 18 ordered by the United Kingdom's flag carrier, arrived at its new home at Heathrow Airport after conducting crew training in…

North Korea’s Air Koryo to Relaunch Macau Flights

After a 15 years hiatus, the state-owned carrier of one of the most secretive countries in the world, North Korea, will relaunch direct flights from its capital, Pyongyang to Macau, China. The airline will operate two weekly flights services beginning on Aug. 2, 2019. According to Macau’s Civil Aviation Authority’s…

EgyptAir Flies Newest Dreamliner Home Using Biofuel, Sets Distance Record

EgyptAir took delivery of its latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner earlier this week, the fifth of six next-generation Boeing aircraft destined for its fleet. While EgyptAir has been taking deliveries since the beginning of 2019, this delivery flight had a twist in that it was fueled with sustainable aviation flew, making…

Milan’s Linate Airport Temporarily Shuts Down, Flights Relocated to Malpensa

The city of Milan this weekend will lose one of its airports for the next three months. Airport “Enrico Forlanini” in Milan-Linate will suspend all commercial operation in the evening of Friday, July 26, when flight AZ1771 to Palermo, Sicily, scheduled to depart at 10.25 p.m., will be the last…

Southwest Cuts Newark Flights, Reports Second-Quarter Results

Southwest on Thursday reported its performance results from the second quarter of 2019. While financial and operational performance was “remarkably strong," according to the airline’s CEO Gary Kelly, despite the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX, of which Southwest has 34, the airline has decided to cease operations out of…

Withdrawn and Repurposed: Where to Find Remaining Commercial ERJ-135 Operators

Although the 50-seat jet market is often criticized for small aircraft, uncomfortable rides and some obnoxiously long routes, these aircraft variants have sold quite well. One of the best selling 50-seat aircraft, the Embraer ERJ-145, has seen over 1,000 units built. However, the smallest version of this aircraft, the Embraer…

Chasing the Blue Whale: An AvGeeks’ 10-Day Journey to Spot…

It's quarter to 1 a.m. on a cold winter night in Buenos Aires with temperatures around 37 degrees. Three lights appear in the pitch-black sky and grow brighter as they approach, perfectly aligned with Runway 11 at Ezeiza International Airport. It is hard to see any detail of the approaching…