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One of Philadelphia International Airport's art exhibits. (Photo: Philadelphia International Airport)

Philadelphia International Airport to Begin 45-day Biometric Screening Pilot Program

On Jan. 21, 2020, Philadelphia International Airport will begin a 45-day pilot program at three of its international gates. The program is designed to help U.S. Customs and Border Patrol process departing passengers. Philadelphia International will test three different biometric systems: veriSCAN, NEC, and SITA. All three systems will be tested within the airport's Terminal A at gates 15, 16, and 17. Not all flights will be part of the test. According to the airport, select outbound international flights on…

Aircraft Lessor BOC Aviation Places Firm Order for 20 A320neos

Airbus announced this week that Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation placed a firm order for 20 A320neo aircraft. As of September 2019, BOC owns 309 aircraft. Of those, 37 are A320neos.  The company also owns 121 A320ceos. In addition to the 309 aircraft owned by BOC, they also manage 36 aircraft and…

Alaska Airlines to Begin Mainline Service to Bozeman Yellowstone International…

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport announced two days before Christmas that it will be receiving new mainline service from Alaska Airlines. The airline currently serves Bozeman via its regional affiliate Horizon Air but this is the first time Alaska will send mainline jets to the airport, a mere 472 miles from…

Happy Holidays! 10 Great Gifts for AvGeeks

The holidays are just about here! In the spirit of the season, here are ten great gift ideas for your favorite AvGeek. 1. 3 Feet to the Left: A New Captain's Journey from Pursuit to Perspective by Korry Franke If you have ever wondered what it is like to upgrade…

Sun Country Airlines Expands to Canada

On December 9, 2019, Sun Country Airlines, the Minneapolis based low-cost carrier, announced that it will begin seasonal service to Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada starting next summer. The new route marks the carrier's first Canadian route in its history. The announcement of the Minneapolis-Vancouver service comes after the announcement…

Spirit Airlines to Begin Service Between Orlando and Charleston, W.V.

Spirit Airlines has announced it will begin flights between Charleston, W.Va. and Orlando, Fla. Yeager Airport saw its last flight to Orlando International Airport back in 2012 and since then, travelers have not had a nonstop link between the two cities. The new service, scheduled to begin in February 2020,…

Europe Issues Type Certification to Airbus BelugaXL

Airbus announced on Wednesday that its BelugaXL airlifter was issued a type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The certification for the oversize aircraft follows a rigorous battery of flight-testing with the aircraft flying over 700 hours during the course of more than 200 flight tests. Airbus currently…

Cebu Pacific Signs Firm Order for 16 A330neo Jets

On Monday, Airbus announced that Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific signed a firm order for 16 of their A330neo widebody jets. The deal is valued at $4.8 billion and represents the widebody portion of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Cebu Pacific and Airbus at the Paris Air Show in June…

Good Traveler Program Adds Jackson Hole Airport to Partner List

Jackson Hole Airport (KJAC) in Wyoming sits in the picturesque Teton Range of the Rocky Mountains. It enjoys the unique designation of being the only commercial airport in the United States within a national park. Given that status, it is no surprise that KJAC seeks to be a leader in…

UPS Announces Successful Test Flight of A300 with Flight Deck…

UPS Airlines has announced that Airbus recently conducted a successful test flight of its first A300 with a robust set of flight deck upgrades. The shipping giant currently operates 52 Airbus A300-600 freighters and plans to complete the flight deck upgrades on its entire A300 fleet.  The A300 represents approximately 20…