Mexicana Comeback? Mexican President Considers Creation of a State-Owned Airline

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said his government is considering the possibility of creating a publicly run airline to serve destinations that currently do not have good air connectivity. As part of his daily morning press conference, the president said on Tuesday that the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA)…

Ethiopian Airlines to Help In Launch of New Nigerian National…

Ethiopian Airlines is the preferred bidder for the future Nigerian airline Nigeria Air, Nigerian Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika said last Friday. The Ethiopian national airline will own a 49% stake in the new Nigerian airline, while the Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund will take 46% and the Nigerian federal government the remaining…

IATA Moves to Have Age Limit For Pilots Removed

While the airline industry recovers from the drastic collapse in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines and airports worldwide are struggling to cope with the sudden uptick in demand triggered by the removal of many restrictions on international mobility. As the first “normal” summer in three years approaches its…

Emirates Provides Certainty to European Passengers in Uncertain Times

Emirates Airlines has provided certainty to its customers ahead of the European summer holidays. The Dubai-based carrier issued a statement on Thursday advising that the airline “has been co-ordinating with its ground handling partners at airports around the world, ensuring they are up-to-date with operational requirements and are prepared to…

Korean Air to Recommence Three Long-Haul Routes in July

Korean Air announced Thursday that it will recommence three long-haul operation destinations from July. The South Korean carrier had suspended long-haul flights at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic over two years ago. As a country, South Korea had very strict lockdown procedures, inbound travel and quarantine restrictions. The mandatory…

Republic Airways Requests Exemption From 1,500-Hour Rule To Address Pilots…

The airline industry has been worrying for many years about a possible upcoming shortage of pilots to fly all the aircraft needed to cover the networks of all carriers. With all the “baby boomers” approaching their retirement age, it was feared that there would not be enough new pilots to…

KLM Receives Blame from Unions for Strikes, Chaos at Schiphol…

With Dutch schools closing for the May holiday on Friday, Schiphol Airport was gearing up for its biggest weekend since Covid-19 broke out in March 2020. The Dutch airport had already advised travelers in the run-up to the weekend that they could expect large crowds and long lines throughout the…

Kenya Airways Offered $217 Million Debt Reprieve as it Eyes…

Kenya has offered its national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) a KES25 billion shillings ($217 million) lifeline on unpaid interest, which will help it survive and sustain operations during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline discloses in its latest annual report for the period to December 2021 that it failed…

Delta Takes Delivery of First Airbus A321neo

Delta Airlines on Wednesday took delivery of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft, delivered from Airbus’ European A321 Final Assembly Line location in Hamburg, Germany. Following some additional modifications and technical work in Atlanta, the aircraft is set to enter service in May. The delivery is the first of 26 A321neo’s —…