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Inside the cabin of an Aegean Airlines A321 which has been converted into a temporary cargo jet. (Photo: Aegean Airlines)

Getting Creative: Aegean Airlines Converts Fleet to Cargo Aircraft

As airlines deal with a sharp decline in air travel demand and closed borders, they are becoming creative in finding new ways to keep their aircraft flying. On March 26, Aegean Airlines temporarily suspended its international network until April 30 in an effort to preserve the sustainability of its operations. The airline will maintain several weekly flights between Athens and Brussels in the meantime to maintain Greece’s connectivity with the E.U.’s administrative center. Additionally, Olympic Air, Aegean’s subsidiary, has committed…

KLM, Qantas Reportedly Flying Final 747 Flights This Weekend

The global COVID-19 crisis has impacted aviation profoundly as airlines quickly adapt to crippling demand for air travel and a new reality of border restrictions, grounded jets and seeing sub 20 percent flight load factors. Over 85 airlines across the globe have announced a temporary halt in flight operations and…

February Wave of 737 MAX Cancellations Hits Boeing

Chicago-based Boeing’s net sales for 2020 currently sits at 28 aircraft cancellations. The airline recorded its first orders of the year in February following a quiet January. BBAM announced an order for three converted 737-800 freighters and two weeks later All Nippon Airways (ANA) committed to a firm order for…

Travel Suspended Between U.S. and 26 European Nations

In an Oval Office address to the nation on March 11, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the suspension of travel between the U.S. and Europe for 30 days in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The new travel restrictions will go into effect on Friday at…

Spirit Airlines Celebrates Anniversary, Growth In Austin

Spirit Airlines inaugurated new flights to Cancun from five U.S. cities on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in time for spring break travel. The Miramar, Flo.-based carrier now serves Cancun from 11 U.S. destinations with Austin, Nashville, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh joining the list. For Austin, the departure of Spirit flight 1054…

Aegean Airlines Takes Off into ‘Neo’ Era with Livery, Onboard…

Aegean Airlines made headlines in 2018 when it announced the largest private investment ever by a Greek company with Airbus to renew and grow its fleet. After celebrating 20 years of operations in 2019 and ending the year with record-breaking passenger figures, Aegean Airlines took delivery of three brand new…

Emirates Introduces Fifth Freedom Flight From Singapore

Emirates announced a new fifth freedom flight which will connect Singapore and Penang, Malaysia. The new daily service is set to connect the two Southeast Asian cities on April 9, 2020. Penang will mark Emirates’ second destination in Malaysia. The airline has been serving Kuala Lumpur since 1996 and currently…

Lufthansa Cancels, Reinstates, Then Reroutes Tehran Flight

Following the historic Iran nuclear deal, airlines around the world flocked to restart service to the nation’s capital. As the U.S. reimposed sanctions on Iran in late 2018, airlines such as British Airways, Air France and Alitalia pulled their Tehran routes. Some airlines such as KLM pulled out due to…

Japan Airlines to Offer Free Flights for Olympics Tourists

As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the nation’s flag carrier has announced a campaign to boost inter-Japan travel during the games. Japan Airlines plans to offer 50,000 free domestic roundtrip tickets to international visitors during the 2020 Olympics. The objective of this campaign is…

Inside a FlyingLab: Lufthansa’s Unique In-Flight Conference Experience

When Lufthansa began flights to San Jose, Calif., the carrier knew it had to do something unique to celebrate the newly established connection to the tech-focused Silicon Valley region. As airline officials began brainstorming how to mark the new service, the team wanted to create something innovative that no one…