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The first Embraer E190 in Breeze paint. (Photo: Denis González Díaz / @denis_costa_rica_spotter)

First Breeze E190 Leaves Paintshop

The first aircraft for Breeze Airways, the new project of JetBlue, Azul and WestJet founder David Neeleman, has left the paint shop. The aircraft, an Embraer E190 registered N90NA, was spotted at Juan Santamaría's International Airport, where it is under the care of the Coopesa workshop, at the end of December. Though Breeze has an active order for Airbus A220 aircraft, it has taken some old Embraer airplanes from Azul to help it kickstart operations this spring. The carrier will…

AirlineGeeks Year In Review: 2020

In an industry notoriously difficult in normal circumstances, aviation faced extraordinary challenges in 2020. As COVID-19 spread, the travel industry was among the hardest-hit industries as governments closed borders and businesses went virtual. As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at AirlineGeeks’ most…

Alaska Airlines Adds New Destinations From Anchorage

Alaska Airlines has announced several new routes from its Anchorage hub, the airline announced in a statement on Wednesday. The routes, which the airline dubs "sun and fun" routes, include flights to popular tourist destinations: in addition to expanding their route to Phoenix, Arizona, the airline is adding new flights…

The AirlineGeeks Podcast Episode 25: Milk Runs and New Aircraft

Thank you for reading the AirlineGeeks Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at last week’s episode of our news podcast. For our full analysis of each of these stories, you can listen to The AirlineGeeks Podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Overcast or through our distributor, Anchor.…

American Airlines Takes Delivery of First 737 MAX Since Grounding

American Airlines has taken its first Boeing 737 MAX delivery since the type’s worldwide grounding in March 2019. The aircraft, registered N323SG, is the 25th 737 MAX in American’s fleet out of an order for 100 planes. The aircraft was flown from Boeing Field in Washington to American’s maintenance facility…

Brazil’s GOL Slated To Be First Airline With Commercial 737…

Brazil’s GOL Airlines will become the first carrier in the world to resume regular commercial flights with the now-infamous Boeing 737 MAX. The carrier has nearly 30 737 MAX flights scheduled in December. Per a statement from the airline, GOL’s first MAX flight will be on Dec. 9. First flights…

American CEO Takes Flight on 737 MAX

American Airlines is starting fights with Boeing 737 MAX aircraft ahead of the airplane’s return to passenger services at the airline later this month. American Airlines employees, including top executives, and journalists were invited aboard one of five flights on the aircraft. The move comes soon after the FAA lifted…

Comac C919 Enters Final Testing Phase

Chinese aircraft manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China — shortened to Comac — has received the type inspection authorization for its C919 narrowbody aircraft, allowing it to move to the final phase of flight testing and eventual certification, FlightGlobal reports. Comac will promptly begin testing the aircraft, and it hopes…

United Airlines Begins Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Charter Flights

On Friday, United Airlines began operating charter flights to begin the distribution of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which is poised to be approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by mid-December. United's Distribution Plan The Wall Street Journal, citing a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),…

The AirlineGeeks Podcast Episode 23: Airlines Under Pressure

Thank you for reading the AirlineGeeks Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at last week’s episode of our news podcast. For our full analysis of each of these stories, you can listen to The AirlineGeeks Podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts or through our distributor, Anchor. We…