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Virgin Atlantic’s first A350 (Photo: Virgin Atlantic)

Thinking Outside the Plane: Airlines With Non-Airline Branches

Back in 2017, AirlineGeeks took a look at aerospace brands that had alternative branches in other industries with companies like Boeing, Bombardier and General Electric making other products such as hydrofoils, monorails and diesel trains, respectively. But this is not limited to large engineering firms, with some airlines and their parent companies having investments spread into other industries as well. Let’s once again fold up those tray tables and step away from the airline and travel business to see the…

LATAM Brasil Changes Network Strategy to Avoid Losing Corporate Traffic,…

LATAM Brasil is passing by a year of several transformations. While most macroeconomic forecasts show a stagnated economy in Brazil, the top 3 Brazilian airlines - Azul, LATAM Brasil and GOL - have shown a growth in demand and ticket prices, with much of that owed to Avianca Brasil's virtual…

Delta Takes 20 Percent Stake in LATAM Airlines Group

Delta Air Lines has just announced it is buying a 20 percent stake of LATAM Airlines Group, the biggest group of carriers in Latin America, an acquisition which also brings a potentially unprecedented strategic alliance between two carriers from South America and the United States. The agreement will cost Delta…

Air Tahiti Nui Goes from All-Airbus to All-Boeing, Retires Last…

Air Tahiti Nui has retired its last Airbus A340-300, once the flagship of its fleet, and is now an all-Boeing 787 Dreamliner airline. The French Polynesian carrier started its transition less than a year ago, taking delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing’s North Charleston facility in October…

Chile’s JetSmart to Launch Flights to Brazil in December

Chilean JetSmart announced earlier this week the details of its operation in Brazil, with nonstop flights between Santiago, Chile, and the cities of Sao Paulo, Salvador and Foz do Iguaçu. The operation between Santiago and Salvador begins on Dec. 27 of this year, with three weekly flights during the high…

United Announces Introduction of Plus Points

Chicago-based United Airlines has announced the introduction of PlusPoints, an upgraded benefit for the carrier’s premier customers. Beginning December 4, PlusPoints will replace Regional Premier Upgrades (RPU) and Global Premier Upgrades (GPU) which are used to upgrade a passenger from economy to a premier cabin. The introduction of the new…

Airbus Confirms Belief There Is No Market For New Mid-Market…

The two biggest aircraft manufacturers in the world, Boeing Inc. and Airbus Industries, are continuing their battle on the potential viability for a new New Mid-Market Aircraft or New Midsize Aircraft (NMA). The NMA is an aircraft that is supposed to cover the market between the Boeing 757 and the…

UPS Announces Successful Test Flight of A300 with Flight Deck…

UPS Airlines has announced that Airbus recently conducted a successful test flight of its first A300 with a robust set of flight deck upgrades. The shipping giant currently operates 52 Airbus A300-600 freighters and plans to complete the flight deck upgrades on its entire A300 fleet.  The A300 represents approximately 20…

Thomas Cook Shuts Down, Leaves Passengers Stranded

After failing to secure additional funding, the largest and oldest tourist broker Thomas Cook has ceased operations on September 23,  setting an end to almost 180 years of history and tradition. Even though the group's social media channels kept reassuring that operations would continue as normal, the CAA, the U.K.'s…

Getting Them Home: The Efforts to Repatriate Thomas Cook Holidaymakers…

It was announced just after 2 a.m. London time on Monday morning that one of the world’s most well-known travel brands, Thomas Cook, had ceased trading. All future flights and holidays were cancelled, leaving over 600,000 people stranded overseas. The U.K. government announced last week that should Thomas Cook fall…