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An American 737 MAX at New York's LaGuardia Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

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 a nearly-20-month grounding of the type, which was initiated after two fatal crashes in six months from late 2018 through the spring of 2019. “We know that restoring our customers’…

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…

Despite Public Bank Loan Proposal, Azul Announces Issuing of $283…

With Brazil's air transport industry quickly recovering to 2019 traffic figures and April's historic lows looking like a small shape in the rearview mirror, airlines are shuffling their strategies to secure the future that comes ahead. On Monday, Azul Linhas Aéreas announced a big step in this direction as it…

Flybe Brand Set For Comeback After Asset Sale

The intellectual property, stock and equipment of the U.K. airline Flybe have been purchased by a firm associated with Connect Airways that owned the airline at the time of its administration in March of this year. BBC News reports that Thyme Opco is linked to the hedge fund company Cyrus…

Sun Country Expands Fleet During Pandemic, Prepares Push for IPO

Sun Country Airlines, an airline specializing in ultra-low-cost and charter operations in the United States, has restarted plans for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) as soon as 2021 if demand appropriately picks up, Crain’s reports. Sun Country had hoped to push an IPO in April 2020, but the operational complexity…