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An Air France 787-9 begins its takeoff roll at Paine Field. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Air France Increases Leisure Focus For Upcoming Winter

On Thursday, Air France unveiled its preliminary plans for the upcoming winter 2021-2022 service, with three new "sunny" destinations across the globe targeting leisure travel. Additionally, the Paris-based carrier plans to increase frequencies to other leisure destinations in the Middle East, French Polynesia and North America. New Flights to Africa, the Middle East and Asia Firstly, Air France intends to launch a flight from Paris to Zanzibar, Tanzania via a stop in Nairobi, Kenya starting on October 18. Zanzibar is…

Stobart Air Plans Liquidation, Terminates Operation

On Saturday, Stobart Air — the operator of Aer Lingus's regional services — announced that it would appoint a liquidator, canceling its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus Regional and forcing the cancelation of dozens of flights. In a memo to its 480 employees, Stobart Air said it was unable to…

American Airlines Expands Austin Operations with 14 New Routes, Grows…

Last March American Airlines announced eight new routes from Austin, reinforcing its position in the fast-growing city. Three months later, Thursday, June 11, the Dallas-based carrier unveiled an ambitious ramp-up of its Austin operations, adding fourteen new routes, beginning in the fall.  Specifically, American Airlines will launch ten domestic destinations,…

Bamboo Airways Files Intentions to Fly to San Francisco and…

In a recent U.S. Department of Transportation filing, Bamboo Airways announced its intentions to fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Los Angeles and San Francisco beginning in the third quarter of 2021 amid earlier reports of the airline's plans to launch flights to San Francisco. In April, AirlineGeeks reported…

How Qantas Airbus A380s Fend Against Rattlesnakes In the California…

In California's Mojave Desert, specifically Victorville, Qantas's Airbus A380-800s are sitting in long-term storage, amid the coronavirus pandemic causing a major decrease in international travel in Australia. While in storage, Qantas needs to conduct weekly, biweekly and monthly maintenance involving the draining of fuel tanks of water caused by condensation,…

Wizz Air Drops All Norwegian Domestic Flying, Reduces Oslo Network

On Friday, Wizz Air announced that it would drop its entire Norwegian domestic network amid the successful restructuring of Norwegian Air Shuttle last week. Additionally, the airline will eliminate a significant portion of its Oslo Gardermoen offering, which leaves a small set of services to Central and Eastern Europe. Domestically,…

Hawaiian Airlines Terminates Ohana Regional Subsidiary

Amid Hawaiian Airlines' signs of promise with its newly launched mainland United States services, the airline plans to terminate a less promising portion of its regional intra-island offering. After several years of operations, Hawaiian Airlines' regional subsidiary, 'Ohana, will shutter its operations permanently, after temporarily suspending passenger services in January…

Reports Suggest FAA to Downgrade Mexico Air Safety Rating

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) intends to downgrade Mexico's air safety rating in the coming days, hindering the U.S.-Mexico aviation market. The move will see the country's safety rating drop from a Category I rating to a Category II rating, according to Reuters.  With a Category I rating, flights and…

Lufthansa Group’s New Long-Haul Subsidiary, Eurowings Discover Adds New Flights…

On Thursday, the Lufthansa Group announced the summer 2022 schedule for its new leisure-based long-haul subsidiary, Eurowings Discover, including the launch of two new destinations in the Lufthansa Group network and five other new routes. Specifically, the long-haul airline will launch flights to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania and Salt Lake City. Eurowings…

Delta Launches Fully-Tested, Quarantine-Free Flights to Italy

Beginning Sunday, Delta Air Lines customers can use the airline's Covid-19 test-mandatory flights for non-essential travel to Italy without needing to go through the standard quarantine period. As a result, the Atlanta-based airline will expand its offering to cities in Italy, including increased frequencies to Rome and Milan and reinstated…