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A Qatar Airways A350-1000 taxies in São Paulo/Guarulhos. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Saudi Arabia Set to End Qatar’s Airspace Ban

In 2017 there was a diplomatic escalation in which Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt decided to cut flights to and from Doha, and to which Saudi Arabia added the closure of its airspace. The denial of the use of Saudi airspace created multiple inconveniences for Qatar, which had to program longer routes to circumnavigate blocked airspace. But with the signing of a major deal for the region, the latest in a series of Middle East deals…

El Palomar, Argentina’s First Low-Cost Airport, is Technically Dismantled

With the transfer of Flybondi operations to Ezeiza airport, commercial operations at El Palomar airport effectively ceased, although the terminal is technically open. The authorities had already anticipated that there was no way to guarantee the correct application of the sanitary protocols in the terminal located in the outskirts of…

70 Years of Aerolíneas Argentinas: Some of Argentina’s History Written…

This Monday, Dec. 7 is the 70th anniversary of the day on which Aerolíneas Argentinas was formally established. The company was formally founded through decrees 26.099 and 26.100, signed by Juan Domingo Perón on this date in 1950. As a brand, Aerolíneas Argentinas had already existed for several months at…

Goodbye Penguins: Austral Líneas Aéreas Brand Disappears After Merge

At midnight on Monday, after the landing of flight AU2763, Austral Lineas Aereas operations officially ended. The brand will disappear tomorrow, Dec. 1, when the merger with Aerolíneas Argentinas is completed and it begins to operate under the callsign "Argentina." The merger process began, after a series of unsuccessful attempts…

British Airways Chief Alex Cruz Steps Down

British Airways has announced its chief executive Alex Cruz has stepped down from his role with immediate effect, bringing an end to a four-year spell at the top of the British flag carrier. The announcement will bring smiles to many within the airline and to many of its frequent flyers…

United Resumes Nonstop Service to Shanghai

In an important ramp up following Chinese market recovery, United Airlines yesterday announced it will start a four-times-weekly nonstop service to China between San Francisco International Airport and Shanghai's Pudong International Airport. Beginning Oct. 21, the carrier will operate four weekly nonstop flights with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from San Francisco…

Qatar Airways Reports $2 Billion Loss for Year Ended March…

Qatar Airways published its 2019-2020 annual report on Sunday, in which it reported that the airline recorded a loss of $2 billion for the period from April 1, 2019 to March 31. The combination of the current airspace blockade against the Qatar, the liquidation of Air Italy, changes in accounting…

Due to Weak Recovery, Lufthansa Further Reduces Fleet and Staff

The summer has passed and the prospects for the aviation industry's recovery are once again exhausted. The high season ends and, except for some signs of recovery in demand that was seen in July and August, the market again shows the impact of COVID-19 on European aviation. For that reason,…

LATAM Shows Steady Recovery Despite Financing Struggles

LATAM Airlines reported on Monday its preliminary operating results for the month of August 2020, which demonstrate steady progress in the gradual recovery of the airline's network in both the domestic and international markets. The group operated at 13.9% of its capacity – measured in ASK – compared to August…

Aerolíneas Argentinas Reveals Retro Livery 737

On the occasion of its 70th-anniversary celebrations, Aerolíneas Argentinas presented its aircraft with retro design and colors in a new institutional video. [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://airlinegeeks.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/WhatsApp-Video-2020-09-07-at-10.39.55-AM.mp4"][/video] The plane, a Boeing 737-700, was painted in the workshops of  Fábrica Argentina de Aviones, better known as FADEA, which are located in the…