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A flydubai Boeing 737 departs from Dubai International (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Hisham Qadri)

IATA Delivers Optimistic Airline Forecast for 2018

This week the International Air Transport Association (IATA) held its annual Global Media Day in Geneva, Switzerland. The event is an opportunity for the airline organization to outline its priorities and initiatives for the coming year as well as deliver a summary of the current state of the industry. The Need for Greater Collaboration IATA Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, delivered the opening address with the key theme of his speech being the need for continued and expansive…

Increased Customer Satisfaction a Focus for Spirit Airlines

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects 4 billion passengers to travel in 2017 and is forecasting 7.8 billion to be flying by 2036. Orders for Boeing and Airbus aircraft at the recent Dubai Airshow will go some way to meet that demand. In addition, airlines are seeking to provide…

Airline Ancillary Revenue Estimated to Exceed $82 Billion in 2017

Ancillary revenue, better known as the money made from extra fees charged to passengers such as baggage fees, advanced seat assignment fees and, in some cases, fees for printing out a boarding pass at the airport instead of home, have become very popular with airlines. Following a recent report, it…

Customer Service Slowly Becomes a Priority for Low-Cost Carriers

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects four billion passengers to travel in 2017, and is forecasting nearly eight billion to be flying by 2036. Orders for Boeing and Airbus aircraft at last week’s Dubai Airshow will go some way to meeting that demand, but airlines are also seeking to…

flydubai and Boeing Ink $27 Billion Order for 737 MAX…

The Dubai Airshow has delivered another major aircraft order announcement with news that Boeing has inked a deal with Dubai-based flydubai for 225 737 MAX family aircraft valued at $27 billion. The deal is the largest ever for a single-aisle jet by a Middle East carrier and comprises of 175…

Airbus Signs Massive $49.5 Billion Deal for 430 A320neo Aircraft

Airbus has announced a deal worth $49.5 billion with Indigo Partners, owner of Frontier Airlines, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for 430 A320neo family aircraft at the Dubai Airshow. The order comprises of 273 A320neos and 157 A321neos and came as a surprise to industry observers after…

United States and China Sign Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement

President Donald Trump is visiting China as part of his 13-day tour of Asia, meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss U.S.-China relations and trade deals, among other issues. The President is traveling with a delegation of U.S. business representatives seeking to secure beneficial trade deals with the…

Samoan Government Blocks Virgin Australia Flights to New Zealand

Over 6,000 passengers had their travel plans thrown into chaos this week when the Government of Samoa blocked Virgin Australia from commencing their five-times weekly service between Apia and Auckland, New Zealand. The route, due to start on Nov. 13, was scheduled to operate five times a week between the…