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Airbus employees and members of the media gathered to celebrate the arrival of the new aircraft. (Photo: Airbus)

How Airbus’ First US-Assembled A220 Impacts the Industry

Five months after Airbus inaugurated its newly completed, comprehensive hangar – designed to handle the final assembly line for the A220 commercial aircraft – in Mobile, Ala., the major aircraft manufacturer officially delivered its first-ever U.S. built A220 to Delta. potentially paving the pathway for evolving its production capabilities and presence in the U.S. market.  “Handing over the first U.S-assembled aircraft to a U.S.-based customer is a real point of pride for the A220 program,” Philippe Balducchi, leading the A220…

Qantas Operates Repatriation Flights While Growing Domestic Operations

COVID-19 continues to drastically affect the airline industry, and several airlines — particularly in the U.S. — are actively and rapidly adding new routes to attract passengers and stay afloat. Meanwhile, Qantas looks to work with the Australian government to bring home 1,315 Australians who are currently stuck abroad for…

Finnair Changing Course To Survive COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines are figuring out different ways to stay afloat and continue reduced but steady operations, through grounding aircraft, changing schedules frequently, and limiting onboard services. However, one carrier  — Finnair — is looking to completely change the way it operates to allow it to thrive…

How Fiji Airways Is Preparing Its Stored Aircraft For Future…

While many major airlines around the world are contemplating how many and which aircraft they must retire to stay afloat, they must also decide which of their existing, active aircraft should be grounded to maximize efficiency while minimizing costs, until they are ready to return the aircraft to service. However,…

United Contemplates Return to JFK After Five Year Hiatus

After its five-year absence at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, United Airlines has plans to resume flights from what is one of the busiest airports in the U.S. Flights could begin as early as the beginning of 2021, according to CNBC. Given the uncertainty in the airline industry…

Oman Air Resumes Flights to Africa While Increasing Domestic Flights

Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways may be the three largest major airlines that most people think of when traveling to or connecting through the Middle East, in particular the Persian Gulf region. The three carriers have announced prominent flight resumptions and brand new routes, especially to Africa, where competition…

Delta Embraces New Widebody Aircraft Despite Global Pandemic

It may seem as though there is not much to celebrate about within the aviation industry as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the airlines. Despite many airlines resuming flights and even inaugurating some unique routes, especially within the U.S., travel demand levels prior to the global pandemic will not…

Air New Zealand Decides To Ground Entire 777 Fleet

Air New Zealand has officially announced it will ground its entire Boeing B777 fleet until as early as September 2021. The airline initially grounded seven of its B777-300ER aircraft, earlier in May until the end of 2020, while its eight B777-200s have been sent to longterm storage overseas to Roswell,…

airBaltic Resumes Flights, Plots Course to Cut Future Losses

While many major U.S. carriers have announced unique new routes in recent weeks, one European carrier is occupied with resuming flights from one of its major Baltic hubs. Latvia’s national carrier, airBaltic, is continuing its recovery plan by officially announcing flight resumptions between Riga, Latvia and nine major European cities…

Gulf Carriers Resume, Compete On Service to Africa

As travel demand is gradually beginning to rise, many airlines are beginning to resume flights between the U.S., Europe and Asia, largely overlooking the continent of Africa. However, Qatar Airways has officially scheduled its resumption of three weekly flights to Mogadishu, Somalia starting Sept. 6 from the Qatari capital. The…