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Poised for Success in Eastern Europe: How Martin Gauss Is Leading airBaltic Through Trying Times

The face I saw entering the plane was familiar. He put his belongings on his seat and went to the cockpit to greet the pilots. That's when I asked if he was who I thought I was — and the answer was yes. It was. Quite a coincidence, as I was myself preparing to interview him four hours after that. CEO of Riga, Latvia-based airBaltic, Martin Gauss was returning to the headquarters after a weekend off. He sat down across…

Trip Report: Catania to Olbia with DAT Volidisicilia

Editor's Note: Tickets were provided by DAT Volidisicilia to AirlineGeeks. Beautiful Sicilia, not-so-beautiful Catania Airport during Summer season. The terminal is big and modern as well, but it really gets crowded during this time of the year, and it showed. At least the airport management showed some commitment to avoid…

European Ultra Low-Cost Flying Part Three: Olbia-Pisa with Volotea

This is Part Three in a short series of trip reports aboard European ultra-low-cost carriers. To view Part One, click here, and to view Part Two, click here. As explained in the previous article, the plan was to fly DAT from Catania, Italy to Olbia, Italy then return to Pisa,…

European Ultra-Low-Cost Flying Part Two: Pisa to Catania with Ryanair

This is Part Two in a short series of trip reports aboard European ultra-low-cost carriers. To view Part One, click here. I don't think I need to say much about Ryanair. The juggernaut of affordable travel revolutionized forever how people fly in Europe, defying legacy airlines and lowering fares significantly.…

European Ultra Low-Cost Flying Part One: Pisa-Palermo-Pisa with Wizz Air

One of the things I looked forward the most to once I moved to Europe was insanely cheap travel – in other words, flying the continents' ultra low-cost carriers (ULCCs). I always thought that was a myth and that fares were rarely low, but once restrictions started to be lifted…

Azul, Emirates Announce Codeshare Partnership

As airlines in Brazil prepare for a post-Covid-19 environment in long-haul international travel, Azul Brazilian Airlines, the country's third-largest airline by domestic passenger traffic pre-pandemic and the second largest in July, has announced the signing of a codeshare agreement with Emirates, the Dubai-based carrier. With sales started on Aug. 18…

Itapemirim Delays Wage Payments a Month Into Operations

A month after starting its operations, Brazil's newest airline startup, Itapemirim Transportes Aéreos, has delayed wage payments to its employees, according to a report by O Estado de São Paulo newspaper, based on internal sources. The periodical says that wage payments have been delayed "by two to five days," while other…

LATAM to Incorporate Five ex-Norwegian 787s

As LATAM Airlines Group proceeds its Chapter 11 bankruptcy process into a solid and financially sustainable future, the airline conglomerate keeps reviewing its fleet plan; last week, it announced the leasing of 28 new Airbus A320neo added to the previously existing order for 42 aircraft of the newest generation of…

Itapemirim Increases Network, Starts Operations in Five Cities

Surfing on Brazil's continued roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine and in the consequent returning confidence for air travel, Itapemirim Transportes Aéreos, also known by its shortened name/acronym ITA, the country's newest airline startup, has started operations to five new cities. The company's new destinations are four state capitals in…

LATAM Brasil Outlines Growth Plans

As Brazil is through its worst phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccination campaign ramps up, airlines that operate domestically are starting to feel the effect of increased demand. This time, contrary to the shattered hopes and brief rebound of later 2020 (or, as it is called in Brazil,…