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An El Al 787-9 slows down after arriving at San Antonio International Airport. (Photo: Luke Ayers)

Coordinating Back-to-Back 787 Critical Cargo Flights

It usually takes months, if not years for airlines to gain approval to operate international routes. Between securing the right ground service equipment at the airport to coordinating with the respective governments, there are many boxes that need to be checked off before an international flight can take flight. The current COVID-19 crisis, however, has forced governments, airports and airlines to adjust normal procedures in an effort to quickly schedule unusual routes for repatriation flights and critical cargo delivery. As…

As Traffic Dwindles, Austin-Bergstrom Hosts Online Music Festival for Passengers

Empty flights as a result of the COVID-19 crisis have turned bustling airport terminals across the country into eerie, empty halls with closed concession stands and flight display systems showing just a handful of flights per day. As airlines reported record passenger numbers in the years leading up to 2020,…

Dormant Mediterranean Airline Plans to Resume Flying

Larnaca, Cyprus-based Tus Airways has not flown a regularly-scheduled passenger flight since last October. While the airline previously served very few destinations from its Larnaca hub, it is very well known among aviation enthusiasts around the world. Tus Airways, which was established in 2015 and began passenger operations in early…

Delta Officially Picks Up 10 LATAM A350 Orders

Delta Air Lines confirmed it has officially absorbed an order for 10 Airbus A350 aircraft from LATAM Airlines Group. The group, which currently operates a fleet of 330 aircraft, has been forced to cut 95 percent of its flying as a result of the global COVID-19 crisis. Through the deal…

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.…

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…