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Opinion: The Airline Industry’s All-Consuming Coronavirus

I sat at my desk this morning trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to write about. Obviously, there is no shortage of material in the airline industry this week, and it's as crazy of a time to be covering it as ever. In just the past few weeks, markets have tumbled — airline stocks in particular. In the U.S. alone, shares of Southwest and Delta are down 30 percent or more, and trading as of mid-day Wednesday has…

Opinion: Economy Needs Innovation, and Air New Zealand Continues to…

The core principle of the economy seat has remained the same for decades. While, yes, seats have begun to get tighter — both in terms of legroom and width — the seats themselves still hold the same general form and serve the same purpose. Innovation has come, though it has…

Chinese Aviation Authority Supporting Airline-Saving Measures

Earlier this month, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said it would promote and allow measures that allow airlines to continue to stay afloat as the country's aviation industry is plagued by the lack of travel resulting from the novel coronavirus that has filled up headlines. The Chinese aviation regulator…

DOT Says FAA Allowed Southwest To Endanger Passengers

A report released Feb. 11 by the inspector general at the Department of Transportation says Dallas-based Southwest Airlines put millions of passengers at risk by flying aircraft that did not adhere to basic U.S. safety standards. The 27-page report published Tuesday details how the airline operated "more than 150,000 flights…

Coronavirus Continues to Leave Everyone On Edge, But What’s Next…

On Feb. 5, WestJet flight 2702 from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, was forced to turn back after a 28-year-old passenger announced to the whole aircraft that he had just returned from the Hunan province of China and wasn't feeling well. While he…

Profit-Sharing Continuing to Shape Major U.S. Airlines

All of the four major U.S. airlines have released the figures for their 2019 profit-sharing, each doling out hundreds of millions of dollars to employees across their networks. This year's announcement continues the streak of 'giving back' as the airlines — publically and proudly — reward employees for their role…

Why Boeing Needs the 777X to Have A Smooth Path…

Earlier this week, Boeing announced it expected it's Boeing 777X to make its first flight as soon as Jan. 23, an event that would put an end to a months-long delay that has only exacerbated the manufacturing giant's financial troubles. Originally, the company expected the 777X to first take flight…

Ethiopian Airlines Sets Stage for New Hub Airport

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam on Wednesday said that his airline would look to begin construction on a new $5 billion airport that would enable it to grow well beyond the capacity of its current hub at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Reuters reported that the airport, which Gebremariam believes…

Airlines Work to Avoid Iranian, Iraqi Airspace

The Middle Eastern political instability that has seen an uptick as a result of the United States' killing of Iranian military leader Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in Iraq is forcing some airlines to re-route flights around the two nations' airspace. According to the Associated Press, approximately 500 flights daily overfly…

Hong Kong Airlines Facing New Lawsuit Over Leased Aircraft

The year 2019 came to a startling and difficult end for Hong Kong Airlines as a second airline leasing company sued the airline over delinquencies on a pair of aircraft. Dublin-based Awas Leasing One filed a lawsuit in Hong Kong accusing the struggling airline of failing to pay over $2.9…