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South African Airways Announces Employee Cuts in Restructuring Effort

Financially riddled South African Airways has announced a restructuring plan that would cut one-fifth of its workforce. Over the past few years, the airline has been reliant on government financial support to continue its operations but has now started working with its labor unions to develop a restructuring plan that would impact 900 or so of its 5,000 plus employees. “We urgently need to address the ongoing loss-making position that has subsisted over the past years,” said acting Chief Executive…

New Carrier Looking to Fill WOW air’s Void in Iceland…

Former executives of low-cost Icelandic carrier WOW air are looking to launch an airline with a similar model eight months after its predecessor called it quits. In a press conference in Iceland, executives discussed the vision for the airline and plan on naming it PLAY. The website for the carrier…

Avianca Announces Codesharing with Gol

Colombian carrier Avianca has announced that it has reached a codeshare agreement with Brazilian carrier Gol. The agreement between the two carriers comes a few weeks after Avianca announced another codeshare agreement with another Brazilian carrier, Azul. It is worth noting that the two new codeshare arrangements with Brazilian carriers…

Air New Zealand Adds Newark, Ends London to Los Angeles…

Air New Zealand has announced that it will be commencing service from Auckland to Newark, N.J. pending regulatory approval. The flight will be operated three times a week, year-round and will be flown on the carrier’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft. In creating the new route, the carrier will also be ending…

Lufthansa Cabin Crew to Strike

German flight attendant union UFO has announced that its members will strike for five hours on October 20. The strike will occur at Lufthansa's hubs in Frankfurt and Munich and will also include staff who fly for Germanwings, Eurowings, Lufthansa's regional carrier CityLine, and SunExpress, a joint venture leisure airline…

Ethiopian Airlines Close to Airbus A220 Order, May Replace 737…

Africa's largest and most profitable carrier is hoping to finalize its first Airbus A220 order soon. Ethiopian Airlines is reportedly close to a deal for up to 20 Airbus A220 aircraft which could bring more than $1.6 billion to the aircraft manufacturer. Ethiopian Airlines was one of the airlines affected…

Alitalia Adds San Francisco to Growing U.S. Network

Despite being plagued by financial woes and threats of liquidation, Italian carrier Alitalia has announced that the carrier will begin service between Rome and San Francisco next summer. This is not a completely new service for the carrier as Alitalia previously flew between Milan and San Francisco in 2001, but…

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…

Study Ranks Airlines with Safest Onboard Water

A recently released study has ranked the onboard water of major U.S. airlines and it may make you reconsider which airlines you drink non-bottled water on. The 2019 Airline Water Study, performed by the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center and DietDetective.com, recently released results that ranked major and regional…

JetBlue Announces Service to Guyana From New York

New York-based JetBlue has announced that it will be expanding its Latin America and Caribbean profile by commencing daily service to Guyana next year. The non-stop service from New York-JFK to Georgetown, Guyana's capital, will be operated with JetBlue's new Airbus A321neo aircraft. At just over five hours flight time…