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A Comac C919 conducting high-speed taxiing (Photo: Comac)

COMAC C919 Secures its First Firm Orders

China Eastern Airlines, a launch customer of the COMAC C919 signed a firm order with the state-owned aircraft manufacturer on Monday to purchase five of the narrow-body aircraft, the China Commercial Aircraft Corporation (COMAC) said. The airline, which signed a letter of intent with COMAC in 2010, is expected to receive the first C919 aircraft this year once they are certified by the Chinese aeronautical authority. COMAC's Selling Points The C919, which will compete with the Boeing 737 and Airbus…

United, Japan Suspend Operations of PW4000 Boeing 777s

Through a Notice to Airmen released Sunday, the Japanese aeronautical authority reported that it had decided to prohibit the operations of Boeing 777s with Pratt & Whitney 4000 engines until further notice. This prevents the operation of 32 aircraft owned by Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways as well as…

Venezuela’s Conviasa Sets Plan to Reach China, Iran, Russia

Sunday, Feb. 7 marked a year since the United States banned Conviasa from entering the United States. On that occasion, the United States Department of the Treasury informed the airline that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) included 40 Conviasa airplanes on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons…

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,…

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…