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Allegiant Adds New Base, 16 New Routes to Network

Allegiant Air announced the opening of a new base, as well as 16 new routes throughout its network earlier this week. Grand Rapids will become the 16th base for Allegiant, beginning June 4, 2019. The base will become home to two aircraft from Allegiant’s all-Airbus fleet. To support the needs of base operations the company is investing over $42 million, with at least 66 jobs being immediately created including pilots, cabin crew members, mechanics, and ground agents. Included in the…

Air Italy Announces Two New North America Routes

Air Italy has announced a new route to Toronto, Ontario as it continues to expand its North American network. The flight from Milan Malpensa to Toronto will begin on May 6, 2019, marking the fifth route in Air Italy’s expanding North American push, the first of which to be in…

Allegiant Says Farewell to the Mad Dog

After flying for nearly 20 years, the backbone of the Allegiant Air fleet, the Mcdonnell Douglas MD-80, will flew its last flight in the sun-tailed livery. After a long transition process, Allegiant is finally putting the MD-80 to rest after flying its final flight from Fresno Yosemite Airport to Las…

Omaha Airport Conducts Full-Scale Emergency Simulation

The Omaha Airport Authority (OAA) conducted its triennial full-scale emergency exercise on Saturday. The event simulated an airline Boeing 737 departure accident at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield with 74 passengers on board. For this year's event, the exercise included an aircraft fire trainer, nearly 150 volunteers and 17 different agencies. Some…

El Paso, Texas to Receive First Service by Alaska

Alaska Airlines has announced new daily service to El Paso International from San Diego International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The new service is set to begin on Feb. 19, 2019, marking the first Alaska service to the airport. Additionally, the new routes will be the first nonstop flights between…

Lufthansa to Celebrate Oktoberfest with Beer Served from Kegs in…

Lufthansa has announced they will serve fresh draft beer from kegs for the first time in 50 years as a way to celebrate Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is an annual beer drinking festival held in Munich, Germany at the end of September through the beginning of October. In addition to the beer,…

First Boeing 777X Heads to Testing

Boeing rolled out the first 777X-9 on Saturday evening. The aircraft, a first of its kind, is non-flyable and will be used for static testing for strength durability for nearly a year. While testing of the first 777X-9 takes place, a second airframe is in production. The second airframe will…

American Adds Europe Flights, Reduces Asia Routes

Dallas/Fort Worth-based American Airlines has made a large route announcement involving added European service and modified Asia service. For Europe, American will add routes from their Charlotte, Dallas - Fort Worth, Chicago’s O’Hare, Philadelphia, and Phoenix hubs. While adding more European routes, the carrier is also reducing its Asian service…

U.S. Airlines Announce July Traffic Reports

JetBlue Airways has announced its traffic reports for the month of July 2018 with large increases. The New York City-based carrier saw a 6.2 percent increase in traffic from last July. JetBlue’s load factors went up 1.8 points from July 2017 to be just shy of 89 percent. JetBlue’s on-time…

United Adds Nonstop Flights Between Washington and Tel Aviv

United Airlines has announced new nonstop service to Isreal’s Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport from Washington Dulles International Airport. The announcement comes on the carriers 20th year service anniversary to Israel. The new service, pending government approval, is set to begin on May 22, 2019. Once approved, United will…