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Spending the Day with American Airlines in Roswell, N.M.

It comes as no surprise to many that American Airlines has opted to retire its MD-80 fleet. As the 'Mad Dogs' climbed higher in age and were no longer fuel-efficient compared to newer entrants, it was only a matter of time before the decision was made for the aircraft to be sent to the “boneyard” in Roswell, N.M. A Day of Events Given that the aircraft was at one point the backbone of American's fleet, it seemed fitting for the…

Airline Industry Group in India Requests Financial Assistance for Major…

The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), an airline industry group that speaks on behalf of several major carriers, has penned a formal letter to the nation’s aviation ministry requesting assistance in obtaining unsecured loans to offset ongoing losses. As reported in Bloomberg, airlines are “facing challenging times and substantial losses…

Etihad and Saudia Announce Codeshare Partnership

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, alongside Jeddah-based Saudia, announced a new codeshare partnership that will enable both airlines to share their respective codes in hopes of growing the number of passengers onboard and increase revenue. The codeshare agreement will allow Etihad's code to be placed on several Saudia flights to Dammam,…

El Al Drops Plea Against Air India Flights in Saudi…

Following continued calls from the Israeli High Court to drop its petition, El Al has decided to formally remove its plea against the government to allow Air India to operate its route to Tel Aviv through Saudi airspace. In a statement, the airline said the decision was made following a…

Etihad Announces New Service to Barcelona

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has announced it will start service to Barcelona beginning this November, becoming the airline’s second destination in Spain following service to Madrid. Etihad will begin operating the route five times a week with its Airbus A330 aircraft before moving to daily service in March of 2019.…

Flair Airlines Expands Route Map Alongside Incoming New Aircraft

Flair Airlines, an ultra-low-cost carrier based in Kelowna, British Columbia, has announced service to five new cities, more than doubling its current route map. The airline, which began operations in 2005, will add service to Calgary, Halifax, Prince George, Saskatoon and Victoria this summer. With a current fleet of seven…

Air France-KLM, Delta and Jet Airways Consider Bid for Air…

Update: According to Delta's CEO, Ed Bastian, the airline does not plan to invest in Air India.  As the Indian government begins preparing to accept its first bids for its struggling national carrier, Air India, a syndicate of airlines is looking to make an investment. According to the Press Trust…

Berlin Brandenburg Airport Operator Requests €770 Million to Finish Construction

After years of recurring delays, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, the operator of Berlin Brandenburg Airport, has requested an additional €770 Million to finish the airport’s construction by 2020. If the project is completed within the new estimated budget and timeline, the airport will begin operations nine years later than projected…

Qantas Launches Fifth Indigenous Inspired Livery in “Flying Art” Series

With the goal of reiterating its commitment to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Australia, Qantas has launched its latest unique livery. Featured on a Boeing 787-9, the artistic work was inspired by artwork created in 1991 by Emily Kame Kngwarreye, a senior member of the Anmatyerre clan.…

Qantas Launches First U.S. to Australia Flight Powered by Biofuel

As several airlines across the globe begin accelerating their carbon emission reduction programs, Qantas flight 96 departed on January 28 from Los Angeles to Melbourne, becoming the first dedicated biofuel flight between the U.S. and Australia. It is estimated that the flight will save 18,000 kg of carbon emissions through…