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Inside American Airlines’ Gold Star Family Airlift to Disney World

Since 2006, American Airlines has partnered with the Gary Sinise Foundation to bring families that have lost members in combat together  Originally, the company operated charter flights to its Dallas/Fort Worth base where children were transported to the "North Pole," also known as hangar specially decorated for the holidays. Just a few years ago, though, American amended the flight plans and changed the destination for these flights. Instead of the North Pole, the airline began flying families to Orlando for…

Inside a FlyingLab: Lufthansa’s Unique In-Flight Conference Experience

When Lufthansa began flights to San Jose, Calif., the carrier knew it had to do something unique to celebrate the newly established connection to the tech-focused Silicon Valley region. As airline officials began brainstorming how to mark the new service, the team wanted to create something innovative that no one…

United, Air India Marketing New Delhi Flights as Nonstop Despite…

With Pakistan restricting access to its airspace, airlines operating in the region have been forced to take indirect flight paths to get to their destinations. While this may mean an extra hour or so flying time and a brief delay for some, it means fuel stops for those flying the…

XL Airways France Talks Next Chapter and Growth Plan

In its 24-year lifetime, the airline currently known as XL Airways France has had quite the history. Initially launching in 1995 as Star Europe, the carrier provided short-haul services with a small fleet of Boeing 737-400 aircraft. Rebranding as Star Airlines in 1998, the carrier began expanding into the long-haul…

Conversation with the CEO: An In-Depth Look at Aegean Airlines

Greece welcomed 30.1 million tourists in 2017 and the number is expected to skyrocket by over 10 percent in 2018. With packed summer flights and light winter loads, the aviation sector has been very difficult to navigate for the various airlines that have attempted to succeed in this highly seasonal…

Icelandair CEO and CCO Talk Hub Strategy, Financial Position and…

Icelandair CEO Bogi Nils Bogason was confirmed into his position in December after replacing former president and CEO Björgólfur Jóhannsson in an interim appointment in August 2018. Since 2010 Bogi Nils had held the position of Chief Financial Officer of the Icelandair Group, a role he had also held from…

Interview: Viva Air Peru Pioneers as Airline Hits 20 Months…

Viva Air, Irelandia Aviation's South American venture, has been bringing the ultra-low-cost model and the operational capabilities from the successful Ryanair to transform the way people fly in a region historically driven by concentrated legacy carriers. The holding first launched operations in Colombia in 2012, where the airline was successful…

Exclusive: TAP Air Portugal’s Transatlantic A321neos Will Feature Lie-Flat Seats…

TAP Air Portugal is under massive renovation and rejuvenation, bringing in new aircraft at a steady pace and is undergoing a refresh of it's domestic and long-haul fleet with JetBlue founder David Neeleman at the helm. TAP has 19 Airbus A330-900neos on order, featuring Airbus' Airspace interior, and plenty other aircraft…

Emerging Markets, Pilot Shortages, A380s and Tennis: Visiting Emirates’ US…

The US Open has returned to Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York and so has Emirates Airline, a 6-year sponsor of the matches. As one of the main sponsors of the multi-week event stretching from late August into September, the Emirates name can be seen throughout the Billie Jean…

The Cost of Free Shipping: Cargo Pilots Claim Amazon is…

As the old saying goes, "if it's free, it's for me," and for most American consumers, nothing beats free. Ecommerce giant Amazon understands this well and is known for providing its Amazon Prime customers with 2-day shipping on products and effectively wiping out the retail industry in the United States,…