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The first Embraer E190 in Breeze paint. (Photo: Denis González Díaz / @denis_costa_rica_spotter)

First Breeze E190 Leaves Paintshop

The first aircraft for Breeze Airways, the new project of JetBlue, Azul and WestJet founder David Neeleman, has left the paint shop. The aircraft, an Embraer E190 registered N90NA, was spotted at Juan Santamaría's International Airport, where it is under the care of the Coopesa workshop, at the end of December. Though Breeze has an active order for Airbus A220 aircraft, it has taken some old Embraer airplanes from Azul to help it kickstart operations this spring. The carrier will…

2020 Brazilian Airlines in Review Part I: After a Lost…

This is part I of a two-part story about 2020 for the major airlines in Brazil in alphabetic order: Azul, GOL and LATAM Brasil. Part I gives a brief introduction about the arrival of the COVID-19 crisis within the industry in the country, the macroeconomic challenges for the country going…

Boeing’s 737 MAX Returns to U.S. Skies

On Tuesday, Fort Worth-based American Airlines became the first U.S. airline to put the beleaguered 737 MAX back into revenue service after two deadly accidents. The carrier flew the 737 MAX from Miami to New York-LaGuardia upon its re-entry to service. The move comes over 20 months since the 737…

American CEO Takes Flight on 737 MAX

American Airlines is starting fights with Boeing 737 MAX aircraft ahead of the airplane’s return to passenger services at the airline later this month. American Airlines employees, including top executives, and journalists were invited aboard one of five flights on the aircraft. The move comes soon after the FAA lifted…

United Airlines Begins Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Charter Flights

On Friday, United Airlines began operating charter flights to begin the distribution of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which is poised to be approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by mid-December. United's Distribution Plan The Wall Street Journal, citing a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),…

Korean Air Acquires Asiana Airlines Rival

After being hit hard by the coronavirus for several months, a large merger and acquisition is going to happen in South Korea. Korean Air will acquire a 63.9% stake in Asiana Airlines and its no-frills carrier, Air Busan and Air Seoul for $1.62 billion. The airline will become the world’s…

Low-Cost Long-Haul Pioneer Norwegian Air Faces Uncertain Future

Norwegian Air Shuttle is facing an uncertain future after the government of Norway this week advised that the airline would not receive any further financial support from the state. In response to the government announcement Norwegian’s chief executive officer, Jacob Schram, expressed disappointment and referenced the imbalance occurring within the…

United Poised to Make JFK Return in 2021

Just over a month after United Airlines was first rumored to be returning to New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport, the carrier has officially confirmed its intentions. The Chicago-based airline will connect JFK with two cities on the U.S. West Coast starting in February 2021. The airline last…

New Irish Carrier Seeks Aer Lingus Regional Contract

Aer Lingus is seeking tenders for its regional operations in Britain and Ireland and a new carrier has entered the bidding for the contract which will be effective from December 2022. The Irish carrier relies on the regional connections to feed its international route operations which will play a significant…

Interjet Cancels Flights After it Fails to Pay for Fuel

As a new wave of COVID-19 rolls across North America, it appears Mexico-based Interjet is facing severe financial struggles. On Sunday, the airline canceled all of its flights through Tuesday, citing cash flow and aircraft maintenance issues. While there are limited details on the carrier’s specific financial struggles are, it…