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The AirlineGeeks Podcast Episode 22: New Airports and Iconic Retirements

Thank you for reading the AirlineGeeks Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at this 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 start our episode with a discussion of Berlin’s new Brandenburg Airport. The airport has finally opened over eight years after its original opening date. The airport has been plagued by engineering…

Lufthansa Presents Cost-Cutting Plan to Ground Staff

German flag-carrier Lufthansa has reached a preliminary 200 million euro ($237 million) savings deal with Verdi, the union that represents ground staff at the airline, Reuters reports. The deal applies to roughly 24,000 staff at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Cargo. The deal will waive Christmas and vacation bonuses, continue…

Final Delta 777 Flight Takes Off For Los Angeles

Delta is preparing to operate its final Boeing 777 flights. The final service, from New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport to Los Angeles International, will fly on Saturday, and the carrier’s final international 777 flight took place on Wednesday. The Atlanta-based carrier announced in May that it would retire…

Southwest Reveals Chicago O’Hare, Colorado Springs Routes

Southwest Airlines has revealed the routes it will fly from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Colorado Springs. The low-cost airline will launch 20 daily flights out of O’Hare on Valentine’s Day 2021. City pairs include Nashville, Tenn.; Denver; Dallas; Baltimore and Phoenix. Nashville, Dallas and Nashville will be served four…

American Airlines Plans 737 MAX Tours to Boost Customer Confidence

American Airlines is planning to host customer tours of its Boeing 737 MAX jets to boost customer confidence in the jet as the airline nears the date at which it is set to resume flights with the aircraft. Tours will take place after Thanksgiving and will happen in person at…

A First Look at JetBlue’s Airbus A220

JetBlue revealed on Monday its latest aircraft tail design, called “Hops,” which will be inaugurated on its first Airbus A220 aircraft, set to be delivered in December. “‘Hops’ represents an evolution in the JetBlue design experience with a slightly more multidimensional look than previous tailfins,” JetBlue said in a statement.…

Sun Country Expands Fleet During Pandemic, Prepares Push for IPO

Sun Country Airlines, an airline specializing in ultra-low-cost and charter operations in the United States, has restarted plans for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) as soon as 2021 if demand appropriately picks up, Crain’s reports. Sun Country had hoped to push an IPO in April 2020, but the operational complexity…

European Hubs See 80% Drop in Traffic

Europe’s three biggest hub airports – London's Heathrow Airport, Frankfurt's am Main Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport – reported an 80% drop in passenger counts for September, highlighted by a 95% drop in transatlantic passengers, FlightGlobal reports. Heathrow reported earlier this week that its passenger counts fell 81.5%…

American Airlines Halts Routes After CARES Expiration

American Airlines has announced drastic service cuts for the month of November. Bookings for the month are sitting at around a quarter of where they were last year, and American — along with the other two legacy carriers in the U.S. — has been forced to drop unprofitable routes. The…

As CARES Act Funding Expires, Thousands Brace for Job and…

CARES Act funding ran out at midnight on Thursday morning, and tens of thousands of airline employees braced for furlough as congress failed to make a job-saving funding extension.  When the U.S. passed the CARES Act in March, among its terms were a prohibition on involuntary layoffs or furloughs through…