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Virgin 3 and Speedbird 1 lifting off Heathrow's runway's at the same time. (Photo: James Oates @speedbird_uk)

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Synchronize Departures to Celebrate U.S. Reopening

More than 600 days after the U..S.'s travel ban was introduced aimed to reduce the spread of coronavirus infections, arch-rivals British Airways and Virgin Atlantic momentarily put rivalries aside as both airlines departed from London Heathrow to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, symbolizing the end of restrictions on travel to the U.S. At 8:50 a.m."Speedbird One" and "Virgin Three" both lined up on runway 27L and 27R respectively at the same time, and on the countdown from Heathrow Tower,…

Aeroméxico Reports Its First COVID-19-era Positive Quarter Results

On June 30, 2020, Aeroméxico announced the beginning of a voluntary financial restructuring process under Chapter 11 of the legislation of the U.S., which has been carried out while continuing to operate as a going concern and offering services to its clients with the same quality that characterizes it. Despite…

Wizz Air Reportedly Bids for EasyJet Takeover

The U.K. aviation industry faces further uncertainty with the Guardian reporting that EasyJet was the target of an “unsolicited preliminary takeover approach” from another airline. Bloomberg and multiple other sources including the Guardian have identified Hungarian-based carrier Wizz Air as the potential aggressor, though the airline’s spokesperson offered no comment.…

Emirates Plans A380 Service to Johannesburg from 31 October as…

During the heart of the pandemic, the world’s largest passenger transport aircraft, Airbus A380, was strongly criticized for inefficiency during the air crisis, leading to most operators retiring the type. However, that was then as better days begin to appear on the horizon of the giant of two floors. The…

Air Canada Rouge Returns to the Skies

Air Canada's leisure airline, Air Canada Rouge, resumed service this week for the first time since the spring season.  The resumption of services ends their almost seven-month suspension. In February, Air Canada paused operations to Mexico and the Caribbean at the request of the Canadian government. Since Air Canada Rouge primarily served…

US Orders Airlines to Assist in Afghanistan Evacuation

According to multiple sources, the U.S. Transportation Command, part of the Department of Defense, alerted the Civil Reserve Air Fleet, composed of most United States-based airlines, that it would order them to assist in the U.S. military evacuation from Afghanistan.  On Sunday, the Secretary of Defense officially ordered the third…

U.S. Airlines Split On Future of Vaccine Requirements

When the coronavirus became a global pandemic in the winter of 2020, airlines globally were devastated by plummeting passenger counts. Carriers lost tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars daily, and many were counting the days until a vaccine was approved so that passengers could be inoculated and would…

United Adding Inflight Entertainment Screens Onboard New Jets, Orders 270…

United is making bold moves as it prepares for its next era in the post-pandemic world. On Tuesday, CEO Scott Kirby revealed information about the carrier's 'United Next' plan, including adding a record 270 aircraft to its fleet and retrofitting 100% of its mainline narrow-body jets with a new and…

Korean Air Flies Its Longest Nonstop Flight

Korean Air flew its longest flight since its founding in 1969 last weekend using one of its Boeing 777-300ER passenger jets. The jet, registered KE8047, operated a nonstop cargo flight to Miami International Airport on June 12 from Korean Air's base at Seoul's Incheon International Airport. The journey lasted 14…

Nigeria’s Green Africa Airways Slated for June Launch

While most aviation companies have felt the heavy impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, some entrepreneurs in the space have taken the crisis as an opportunity to embark on new ventures. One of the most notable in recent months is Nigeria's Green Africa Airways, a brainchild of a serial entrepreneur Babawande…