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A Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 (Photo: Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia [CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)])

Iran Acknowledges Responsibility for Downing Passenger Jet

Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization issued a preliminary report indicating the country’s military fired two surface-to-air missiles at Ukraine International Airlines Flight 572 in January causing the downing of the B737-800. The report cites several human factors that contributed to the loss of 176 passengers and crew. Shortly after the accident aircraft departed from Imam Khomeini International Airport on January 8, it was mistakenly assumed to be a missile targeting the Iranian capital. The Iranian military was on heightened alert after…

Airbus Deliveries Continue to Climb in June

Airbus, the European multinational aerospace company, provided the aviation industry some positive news with a strong month for commercial aircraft deliveries in June. In a press release provided by the aircraft manufacturer, Airbus reported delivering 36 new aircraft in June. In previous months, deliveries were softer primarily due to the…

Allegiant Second Quarter Traffic Data Encouraging

In a press release issued July 9, Allegiant reported encouraging performance in its preliminary 2nd quarter and June passenger traffic report but signaled cautious optimism for the upcoming third quarter. Allegiant reported carrying 867,207 scheduled service passengers in the month of June, down 45.6% from the previous year. For the…

Opinion: Will Passengers Return to the 737 MAX?

With certification steps entering into the final stages, the 737 MAX is expected to return to revenue service by year-end. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently conducted test flights with its engineers and pilots on board, a major step in the re-certification of the 737 MAX following its grounding after…

Austrian Airlines Trades Planes for Trains on European Route

Austria’s flagship airline announced that it will be replacing one of its flight segments with frequent train service to meet certain environmental requirements in a recent government bailout package it accepted. Austrian Airlines, in cooperation with Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), is offering a tenfold increase in travel opportunities with 31…

FAA Moves Ahead With MAX Recertification After Completing Test Flights

In a press statement issued on Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration declared that recertification test flights for the Boeing 737 MAX have been completed and laid out the next steps required to approve the aircraft for a return to the skies. During three days of flight testing, FAA pilots and…

British Airways Takes Delivery of First 787-10

British Airways accepted delivery of its’ first 787-10 over the weekend, the first of the “Dash 10” model for the carrier. The new Dreamliner departed Boeing’s North Charleston, South Carolina production facility on Saturday for its seven-hour maiden voyage across the Atlantic. The aircraft arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport on…

LIAT Facing Liquidation and Restructuring

The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda announced over the weekend that the regional carrier LIAT Ltd. Airlines will likely face liquidation in 2020. In an interview with a local Antiguan radio station, Prime Minister Gaston Browne shared that there will be a meeting of all LIAT shareholders in the…

Opinion: Third Party Suppliers, as Well as the Airlines, Are…

The impact of the pandemic on airlines globally has been well documented. With many airlines reporting 70 to 90 percent reductions year-on-year (YoY) in scheduled flying, airline planners and analyst have been sent scurrying to mitigate the financial and human impacts. But the losses seen by the airlines extend well…

Private Flights Rebound Quickly, Offer Competitive Travel Options 

As most commercial airlines are positioning themselves to ride the upcoming travel recovery wave in the post-coronavirus era, one sector of commercial aviation travel has already seen very positive recovery signs. Industry data is showing that private jet travel has sharply increased in the month of May and into early…