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A United 787-9 lands in Los Angeles. The airline has announced it is waiving change fees on domestic flights on economy and premium tickets "forever." (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

United Airlines to Employ FlightAware’s Predictive Data

FlightAware announced this week that it has partnered with United Airlines to integrate its Predictive Data Tool into the airline operations toolset. In a press release issued on Tuesday, FlightAware said the services and data it will provide to United will help decrease the instance of preventable delays, reduce missed passenger connections and help prevent flight cancellations. "It is more important than ever that United operates at the highest levels of efficiency to ensure our customers have seamless travel experience,"…

Hong Kong Suspends Cathay Dragon, Air India Flights

Hong Kong has temporarily barred Cathay Dragon’s flights from Kuala Lumpur and all Air India flights from operating in the city after a number of passengers originating from India tested positive for COVID-19. Cathay Dragon acknowledged the temporary suspension in a press release on Sunday citing it was informed by…

Carriers Expected to Play Major Role in Distribution of COVID…

As a number of drug companies enter active trial and testing phases for COVID-19 vaccines, attention is beginning to focus on how the distribution of the immunizations will take place. In a recent press release, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), an organization representing 290 airlines comprising of 82% of…

United Airlines Sued by Flight Attendants Over Sports Charter Staffing

Two of United Airlines' veteran flight attendants filed suit against their employer in a California court on Friday. According to a report by USA TODAY, who obtained a copy of the lawsuit, flight attendants Kim Guillory and Sharon Tesler claim United is staffing their athletic team charter flights with flight…

Opinion: Is History Repeating Itself?

As the airline industry grapples with the health and economic consequences of COVID-19, one might be tempted to look at how the world managed and recovered from the world’s last major pandemic, the Spanish Flu of 1918. The Spanish flu infected about 500 million people worldwide and claimed around 50…

FAA to Review 787 Quality Lapses

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to investigate several quality lapses during the manufacturing process of the Boeing 787, according to an internal FAA memo.  In the memo, dated Aug. 31 2020 and obtained by the Wall Street Journal, the agency is looking into structural quality issues with construction…

The Whales in the Sky

Today, when you board a newly-built commercial aircraft like the A350 or B787, you are stepping onto an unprecedented global feat of engineering. There aren’t many other endeavors on such a grand scale and scope that draws upon the world’s engineers and manufacturers like a commercial aircraft does.  Building a…

El Al Operates Historic Flight Over Saudi Arabia Following Peace…

El Al Israel Airline Flight 971 departed Tel Aviv bound for Abu Dhabi on Aug. 31, flying over Saudi Arabia for the first time since 1972. The flight was allowed to cross Saudi Arabian airspace that had previously been blocked to all Israeli air traffic. According to the British Broadcasting…

Spirit Airlines Commits $250K in Travel to Social Justice Organizations

Spirit Airlines, the Miramar, Florida based low-cost carrier, announced on Friday that it will commit $250,000 in airline travel to several organizations that are working to improve community relations, social justice and civil rights in the United States. In a press release, the carrier announced it will make the travel…

Delta Air Lines COO Gil West to Retire in September

Delta Air Lines’ Chief Operating Officer Gil West announced his plans to retire from the company. The announcement was made public in an internal memo to employees from CEO Ed Bastian on Aug. 25. Considered the architect of the carrier’s operating performance excellence, West joined Delta in 2008 as the…