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A Taos Air Fairchild Dornier 328JET prepares for its first flight of the day at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mateen Kontoravdis)

A Unique Airline Returns to The U.S. Skies

Air travel exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the first time on July 1, when 2,147,090 passengers were screened at TSA checkpoints around the U.S. This represents a 58,330 person increase from July 1, 2019. On the same day that air travel returned to 2019 levels, Taos Air returned to the skies for the first time in over a year. The New Mexico-based public charter airline resumed non-stop service from Taos, N.M. to Austin, Dallas-Love Field, San Diego-Carlsbad and Los Angeles-Hawthorne after…

Interview: Hawaiian CEO Talks Austin, Future U.S. Growth

After a year-long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic which crippled leisure and business demand as a result of border closures, a wide-body commercial jet was finally seen landing in Austin in late April. Interestingly, the wide-body jet spotted at the airport wasn’t sporting the typical Union Jack tail or…

Hawaiian Airlines Expands Continental U.S. Presence In 2021

Following a $97 million loss during the third quarter and the announcement of Boeing 787 delivery deferrals until 2022, Hawaiian Airlines is expanding its continental U.S. network for 2021 as travel begins to rebound. The Honolulu-based airline will fly to three more U.S. mainland destinations next year including Austin; Ontario,…

Greek Airlines Embrace New Jets and Domestic Competition

Following a blockbuster year of aircraft deliveries in 2019, 2020 was positioned to be a record-shattering year for Airbus. As with most other aviation-related businesses, the year has not gone as projected. The aircraft manufacturer has delivered 341 jets as of Nov. 15, down 40% from the same period last…

Eastern CEO Details Strategy After Purchasing Additional 777s

Eastern Airlines made headlines in June when it became the only U.S. non-legacy commercial airline to add a passenger Boeing 777 to its fleet. As N771KW, the airline’s first 777, completes its final conformity checks this week, Eastern is already committed to expanding the fleet type with the recent acquisition…

American Shifts Strategy With New Routes, Prepares For 737 MAX…

While business travelers remain grounded, vacation-goers in the U.S. and abroad are slowly returning to the skies. In preparation for the upcoming winter season, airlines are pivoting their schedules to adapt to adjusted leisure demand that is anticipated. American Airlines is the latest U.S. carrier to adopt its schedule to…

Delta Long-Haul Flights Return to Midwest Hub, Focus Cities

Banking on the potential availability of a vaccine, the gradual return of demand and the lifting of international travel restrictions, Delta Air Lines is adding frequencies and reopening routes in its winter 2020 and summer 2021 long-haul flying schedule. In line with IATA expectations for a multi-year recovery to pre-COVID-19…

Frontier, Spirit Send Furlough Notices to Employees

Frontier Airlines warned 35% of its flight attendants and pilots that they are at risk of being furloughed during the first two weeks of October. In a letter sent to employees and obtained by AirlineGeeks, Frontier’s Vice President of Human Resources notified staff of their expected status and did not…

Taking Off During a Pandemic: Nolinor President Discusses New Airline

North America currently has the highest death toll of airlines lost to the pandemic. U.S. regional carriers Compass Airlines and Trans States Airlines have both shut down as a result of weakened demand caused by COVID-19. On the other hand, the continent is also home to the world’s newest airline…

IranAir Expands European Footprint Following Brief Flight Ban

IranAir is planning to add an additional route to Europe next month when it begins flying between Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport and Manchester Airport in central England. The new service will operate every week on Sundays, with the inaugural flight scheduled for July 4. The new flight will be operated…