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Trump’s Personal Pilot on Short List for New FAA Head

Trump's personal pilot is in the running to lead U.S. aviation's chief governing body, the Federal Aviation Administration, a Trump administration spokesperson confirmed to Axios late Sunday night. John Dunkin has worked for Trump since 1989 when Trump even owned his own airline. It would go out of business three years later. Dunkin's role, however, took off in 2016, when he coordinated and led the aviation-related side of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, coordinating aircraft movements, among other duties, while serving…

Qatar Airways Receives First Airbus A350-1000 in Toulouse

Qatar Airways was once again the launch customer for the newest variant of the Airbus A350 on Tuesday. After being the first customer to receive the Airbus A350-900 in January 2015, the CEO was determined to be the first airline flying the A350-1000 as well. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways…

Italy’s Meridiana Relaunches as Air Italy

The Italian aviation market continues to provide headlines as it was announced on Monday that Sardinian-based carrier Meridiana would be rebranded as Air Italy with fleet expansion plans and a base at Milan Malpensa. The announcement confirms months of speculation that a shake-up of the operation was imminent after Qatar…

Alaska Airlines and Virgin America Cabin Crew Reach Key Step…

Just over a month after Alaska Airlines and Virgin America began flying under a single operating certificate, the Association of Flight Attendants declared that it had reached an agreement with Alaska Airlines. The tentative merger agreement represents 5,400 flight attendants working for the newly merged Seattle-based carrier under a labor…

SonAir Ends Houston Express After 17 Years

Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) made headlines when it became the first airport in North America to offer non-stop flights to each continent, excluding Antarctica, a few weeks ago. The addition of United’s flight from IAH to Sydney meant that there was now a direct flight to mainland Australia.…

A History of Saratov Airlines Following Devastating Accident near Moscow

With 2018 still in its infancy and the aviation world still reflecting on a year that suffered no commercial airline fatalities, the wretched news emerging from Russia on Sunday morning brought into sharp focus the dangers that are still very real in air travel. At roughly 08:27 UTC on Sunday,…

Iran Air Expects First Boeing Delivery and Outlines New Routes

With 15 Boeing 777-300ERs on order, Iran Air expects to receive its first long-haul aircraft this July, if U.S. officials do not interfere with the order. The airline made headlines last April when it almost received its first 777 a year early because of Turkish Airlines deferring one of its…

Lufthansa Officially Unveils New Livery at Dazzling Frankfurt Event

After weeks of speculation, Lufthansa officially displayed its new livery in an unveiling ceremony on Wednesday in Frankfurt. Lufthansa's new livery will focus more on dark blue and white, leaving out the yellow crane logo on the tailfin that has been primarily associated with the airline and is one of…

United CEO Oscar Munoz Sends Off Team USA at San…

As the official airline of Team USA, United Airlines sent 16 athletes, including members from the Freestyle Ski Team to the Olympic Winter Games on Tuesday. United flight 893 departed San Francisco at 10:45 a.m. PT, enroute to Seoul, South Korea. Members of Team USA and the United States Olympic…

Lufthansa Group Introduces New Leadership at Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines has had a tumultuous week culminating in the announcement on Monday that Chief Executive Officer Bernard Gustin and Chief Financial Officer Jan De Raeymaeker will both leave the Lufthansa Group-owned airline on March 31. Gustin, who has been CEO since 2008, although in a shared position from 2008-2012,…