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Qantas Retires Final Boeing 747 from American Skies

When Qantas flight QF74 departed San Francisco for Sydney on Tuesday, it ended an era that started with one of its predecessors nearly a half-century ago, Qantas Boeing 747 service between Australia and America. In the latest milestone in its long history of transpacific flying, Qantas has retired its last Boeing 747 from American skies as the Sydney-San Francisco route, the final route to the U.S. that operated using the aircraft, will be upgraded to the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner starting…

JetSmart Slated to Take over Norwegian Air Argentina Operations

A rumor that began to circulate last week was officially confirmed on Wednesday: JetSmart will take over Norwegian Air Argentina's operations  "effective immediately," as emphasized in a statement issued by the Nordic airline. "To minimize the impact on passengers, JetSMART will continue to operate scheduled Norwegian Air Argentina flights from…

In Search of Financial Salvation, Avianca Rationalizes South America Network

This week, Avianca, the oldest airline of the Americas and second oldest in the world, celebrates its 100th anniversary. However, in recent times, the airline has not much to commemorate. Its financial situation is very fragile, with not much cash remaining and a very complex debt situation. As its latest…

Hong Kong Airlines’ Operating Certificate in Jeopardy as Airline Fails…

The continuing political protests in Hong Kong have been cited by Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) as the main reason a significant number of their staff will not be paid on time this month. The South China Morning Post on Thursday reported excerpts of an internal HKA memo which stated: “Hong…

How American’s New Codeshare Deal Could Open Up oneworld Passengers’…

The African continent has long been one of the markets that is least-permeated by U.S. airlines. On the surface, that seems sensible, given the continent's location had made flying there impossible until recent decades and the fact that both American and international multinational corporations have tended to place headquarters almost…

Asiana Airlines Temporarily Suspends Seoul to San Francisco Flights

As a result of a tragic accident in 2013, Asiana Airlines is being forced to suspend its daily service from Seoul to San Francisco for 45 days starting Mar. 3, 2020. On July 6, 2013, Asiana flight 214 attempted to land at San Francisco International Airport when the aircraft's tail…

Inside the Departure of Qantas’ First Nonstop Research Flight from…

Qantas launched its first research flight on Friday departing from New York’s John F. Kennedy International and flying nonstop to Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport, the first flight ever to do so, as part of its Project Sunrise. The ultra-long-haul test flights are the first stage in the project that is…

Alitalia Still Without a Savior, Is the End Approaching?

Another deadline has passed for Alitalia and there is still no indication of a likely solution to the Italian flag carrier’s long-standing troubles. A binding offer that was due to be presented by Oct. 15 on behalf of the consortium led by Ferrovie dello Stato and Atlantia did not materialize…

Flybe Unveils New Brand: Virgin Connect

Flybe, one of United Kingdom's biggest regional carriers, has announced that it will rebrand as Virgin Connect in 2020. The announcement was made by Mark Anderson, Connect Airways CEO in a corporate event held on October 15. The announcement is a major step as the airline becomes part of the…

Qantas Reveals Special 100th Anniversary Boeing 787 Livery

Qantas Airways has unveiled a special livery to commemorate the forthcoming centenary celebrations the airline will begin over the next year. The Australian flag-carrier will turn 99 in November and begin the countdown towards its 100th anniversary since the airline was founded. The aircraft, VZ-ZNJ, a Boeing 787-9 nicknamed Longreach,…