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A Virgin Australia 777-300ER departs from Sydney Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Hisham Qadri)

Virgin Australia Adjusts Capacity as Low Demand Hampers Profits

Softening demand in both business and leisure markets is projected to send Virgin Australia’s accounts into the red. In an investor update delivered to the markets on May 17, the Australian carrier announced estimated earnings in 2019 at least A$100 million lower (69 million U.S. dollars) than the A$64.4 million reported for the 2018 financial year. The current weak demand environment is expected to last at least two more months, as uncertainties over the forthcoming Australian political elections will stifle…

Trip Report: Flying on a Swoop Boeing 737-800 from Hamilton…

Since high average fares are quite typical of the Canadian market, it was not difficult to foresee the launch of one or more Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) ventures north of the 45th parallel. Despite being the first new ULCC, NewLeaf Airlines never really started their operations before they were eventually taken…

Delta Begins Testing Free Onboard Wi-Fi

Delta has decided to take the first step towards providing free internet connection onboard its aircraft by setting up an “initial, limited test” on 55 domestic routes every day, starting on May 13. In the never-ending quest to improve in-flight customer experience one of the hottest battlefields is represented by…

Alitalia Launches Rome-Washington Flight as Financial Struggles Linger

In the midst of its struggles to ensure its survival, Alitalia launched a new transatlantic route on Thursday connecting its hub at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport. The new route will be operated five times weekly during the peak summer season, dropping to…

Allegiant Seeks DOT Permission to Fly to Mexico

U.S. leisure carrier Allegiant Air has filed an application with the Department of Transportation to offer scheduled air services between the United States and Mexico. This would mark the beginning of international services for the Las Vegas-based carrier, which has so far limited its operations to 117 destinations all within…

Air Italy Sparks New Controversy in U.S.-Middle East Carriers Row

The lingering debate fostered by major U.S. carriers complaining about “unfair competition” on behalf of airlines from the Middle East has seen a major flare in the last few days due to some back-and-forth between the CEOs of airlines involved in the dispute. On Tuesday, American CEO Doug Parker, Delta…

Alitalia Recovery Further Delayed with No Buyers in Sight

The solution to the never-ending saga of ailing Italian flag carrier Alitalia has been further delayed. The three commissioners now at the helm of the virtually bankrupt airline have officially communicated that the new turnaround plan, due on March 31, is going to be presented on April 30. According to…