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Hong Kong Airlines’ Operating Certificate in Jeopardy as Airline Fails to Pay Staff

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 Kong Airlines’ business has been severely affected by the social unrest and a sustained weak travel demand. With November being a low travel season as well, our revenue has reduced…

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,…

Peruvian Airlines Reportedly Suspends Operations

Peruvian Airlines has suspended operations after the airline's bank accounts were frozen by Peru’s tribunal fiscal, preventing it from paying fuel suppliers. The move took effect following discrepancies in tax values the airline should have paid for two Boeing 737 aircraft. The issue arose as Peruvian Airlines was claimed to…

XL Airways France Temporarily Suspends Operations

Two weeks after halting ticket sales, French carrier XL Airways has announced that it is suspending flights effective from Sept. 30 through until at least Oct. 3. The airline, based at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, operates a fleet made up of three Airbus A330-200s and one A330-300. The airline…

Thomas Cook Shuts Down, Leaves Passengers Stranded

After failing to secure additional funding, the largest and oldest tourist broker Thomas Cook has ceased operations on September 23,  setting an end to almost 180 years of history and tradition. Even though the group's social media channels kept reassuring that operations would continue as normal, the CAA, the U.K.'s…