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Canada to Test Fly the 737 MAX Before Granting Approvals

Transport Canada announced this week it plans to conduct test flights of the 737 MAX prior to its return to service in Canadian skies.  According to a report by Reuters, Transport Canada, the Canadian ministry tasked with overseeing all aspects of transportation in the country, will be the first non-U.S. government agency to conduct its own independent test flights. The flights are reportedly planned to occur next week and are expected to be conducted in the Washington State area, according…

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Takes Off

Microsoft released its long-anticipated Flight Simulator 2020 for download this week to overwhelmingly positive reviews from aviation enthusiasts and gamers alike. A total redesign — not an upgrade to the previous release — the simulation program is advertised as the “next generation of Flight Simulator,” and is receiving rave reviews…

Anniversary of JAL 123 Crash Renews Requests to Re-Open Investigation

This week marks the 35th anniversary of the deadliest single aircraft accident in aviation history. Japan Airlines flight 123, a B747 flying from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Osaka International Airport, crashed 32 minutes after departure near Mount Osutaka in Japan, killing 520 people. All but four passengers were lost in…

TSA Stops Three Times More Guns Compared to Last Year

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced on Monday that its security checkpoints have intercepted three times more firearms in carry-on bags than it had at this point last year. In a press release issued, the agency reported that in the month of July, TSA officers detected 15.3 guns per…

Atlas Air Second Quarter Performance Exceeds Expectations

While the passenger segment of the airline business continues to struggle with rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic, Atlas Air’s parent company issued its second-quarter report today reporting a better than anticipated performance and signaling a very positive outlook for the year ahead. Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, parent to Atlas Air,…

Virgin Galactic Unveils Mach 3 Aircraft Design

Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. unveiled its design for a new high-speed commercial passenger aircraft on Monday, taking a key first step by signing an important supplier partner for the aircraft’s engines, the company announced in a press release. The initial supersonic design is targeting an aircraft capable of Mach 3,…

Frontier Becomes Largest A320neo Operator in the U.S.

Frontier Airlines, the low fare carrier based in Denver, Colorado, announced it took delivery of its 100th Airbus aircraft on Wednesday, an A320neo built in Mobile, Alabama. With the latest delivery, the company now operates the largest A320neo fleet in the U.S. “Taking delivery of the 100th Airbus aircraft in…

Korean Air Suspends Flights, Adjusts Premium Classes and Freighter Fleet

Korean Air announced Monday that it is scaling back a significant number of flights due to the decrease in passenger volume because of the coronavirus. In a press release, the airline announced it would be either suspending or reducing the frequency on dozens of flights in both its international and…

U.S. to Adopt ICAO Climate Standards for Aviation

The United States Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) Office of Transportation and Air Quality proposed new Green House Gas (GHG) emission standards yesterday for commercial aviation and large business aircraft. In a press release issued by the agency, the U.S. proposal aligns with the international carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions standards set…

TAP Launches New Azores-Boston Nonstop Service

TAP Air Portugal, Portugal’s national airline, announced Tuesday new nonstop service to the United States from the Azores, according to an emailed statement obtained by AirlineGeeks. Launched this week, the flight marks the airline's only nonstop service between Ponta Delgada, Portugal and Boston. The inaugural flight departed yesterday from Ponta…