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Air France's first Airbus A220. (Photo: Air France)

Air France Adds First A220 to Fleet, Announces First Destinations

Air France took delivery of its first Airbus A22-300 on Wednesday, welcoming an aircraft it christened "Le Bourget," named for a French town north of Paris with close historical ties to aviation and home of Paris-Le Bourget Airport, the Air and Space Museum and the biennial Paris-Le Bourget International Air Show. The aircraft is set to be the first of 60 of the type the airline will take delivery of in the coming years, which are set to replace the…

Swiss Returns Broad Group of Routes, Capacity Remains Below Pre-Pandemic…

Swiss International Airlines announced on Wednesday that it will continue to ensure Switzerland's connection to the rest of the world, bolstering its network to include more than 90 destinations from both Zurich and Geneva. However, while the number of points served from the two airports is similar to 2019, capacity…

British Airways Adds New Destinations to 2022 Summer Network

British Airways announced on Wednesday the expansion of its 2022 summer schedule with the addition of flights to the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. The airline will connect its hub at London Heathrow's Airport with the islands of São Miguel and Terceira, Portugal. Flights will be operated on a weekly…

Finnair Announces Substantial August 2021 Passenger, Cargo Growth

Finnair recently posted its August 2021 traffic results, indicating an improvement in passenger numbers and a solid month for cargo traffic. Passenger numbers increased to 266,500 last month, 38.1% growth compared to August 2020. Furthermore, the number of passengers grew by 24.5% compared to July 2021, showing significant improvement within…

Emirates to Receive Last A380s in November As Production Ends

Dubai-based Emirates announced on Wednesday its intention to receive the final three of its Airbus A380s in November of this year, putting an end to Airbus's 14-year run building the iconic double-decker aircraft. The three aircraft were originally planned to be delivered to the carrier by June 2022. However the…

‘Old Alitalia’ Prepares for Closure As ITA Gets Ready for…

Ahead of a recently announced first flight scheduled for Oct. 15, future Italian flag carrier Italia Trasporto Aereo, better known as ITA, officially began ticket sales yesterday. The "new Alitalia" will effectively replace ticket sales of the old company, which has been undergoing bankruptcy procedures since 2017. The purchase of…

Lufthansa Plans Airlift Services From Uzbekistan, Qatar

Lufthansa has announced it will begin supporting the German federal government with airlift services as a result of the instability in Afghanistan with special flight to Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Doha, Qatar. Within a few hours of the request by the German federal government, Lufthansa was able to organize itself to…

Air France Focuses on Europe, the Caribbean for Winter 2021

The ongoing pandemic has led many carriers to shift their operational focus to leisure routes in recent months in an attempt to capture any remaining demand. Yesterday, Air France become the latest airline to join the trend as the carrier announced six new routes departing from Paris's Charles de Gaulle…

Hawaiian’s Q2 2021 Results Show Signs of Recovery

Hawaiian Holdings, the parent company of Hawaiian Airlines recently held its Q2 2021 earnings call. The results indicate that although the company has reported a net loss of $6.2 million, it is in a far better position than anticipated largely driven by strong demand from US mainland routes. Nevertheless, the…

Alitalia’s Reincarnation, Italia Transporto Aereo, To Begin Operations in October

After many initial hiccups, Italia Transporto Aereo (ITA), the company that will supersede Alitalia, has had its 2021-2025 business plan approved. According to an article by Corriere della Sera, the company expects to begin operations from Oct. 15 after seven months of discussions between the Minister of the Economy and…