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Bonza’s Future Remains Uncertain

Bonza, the recently shut down carrier in Australia, has no end in sight for returning to the skies after two weeks of canceling its flights. Hall Chadwick, the administrator of the airline, said that the suspension of flight operation would be held until May 29. The airline owes a debt of over $116 million, including $5.3 million in salaries with more than 300 employees were affected; salaries in April remained unpaid. Also, the airline owes $4.6 million to an aircraft…

Copa Delays 737 MAX 8 Launch Amid Boeing Delivery Woes

Copa Airlines is feeling the effects of Boeing's delivery woes as it delays the launch of its new 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The Panamanian carrier - which currently only operates Boeing 737-700, 737-800, and 737 MAX 9 jets - is now slated to debut the smaller MAX 8 type in…

JAL Debuts New Special Livery for EXPO 2025

Japan Airlines (JAL) unveiled its special "JAL MYAKU-MYAKU JET" livery for international and domestic routes in celebration of the upcoming 2025 World Exposition (EXPO 2025) in Osaka, Japan. The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner registered as JA823J will feature a unique design incorporating the exposition's official character, MYAKU-MYAKU, and other EXPO elements.…

China’s COMAC Begins Developing New Widebody Aircraft

Chinese aircraft manufacturer COMAC has begun work on a new widebody airliner dubbed the C939. The South China Morning Post, citing unnamed sources, reports that COMAC has already developed design concepts for the jet, but it will still be years before an actual prototype is built. Details about the program…

Malawi Airlines Announces Route Expansion

Malawi Airlines says it will launch flights to Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda. This is part of the airline’s route expansion strategy. According to NyasaTimes, the airline's marketing manager, Only Taulo, said that the route expansion was a sign of growth for the airline. Proposed destinations include Kigali in Rwanda as…

TAAG Angola Airlines Takes Full Control of Luanda-Lisbon Route

Angolan airline TAAG has terminated its service agreement with Portuguese carrier HiFly, assuming full management of the Luanda-Lisbon-Luanda route. According to Nelson de Oliveira, CEO of TAAG, the airline currently operates flights to Lisbon, specifically with flights DT 652 and DT 650, as reported by the E&M media website on…

Emirates Employees to Receive Bonus of Five Months Salary

After posting a record profit of 7.2 billion dirhams ($4.7 billion) for its 2023-2024 fiscal year, Emirates is giving its over 100,000 employees a bonus worth 20 weeks of their respective salaries. The Dubai-based carrier's profits increased 63% year-over-year. According to a report in the Khaleej Times, the company's employees…

SkyWest Confirms CRJ-550 Operations for Delta Connection

SkyWest will soon operate the premium-heavy CRJ-550 aircraft under the Delta Connection brand, a spokesperson from the regional carrier confirmed on Monday. Delta recently listed the aircraft type on its website's fleet page. Currently operated by only GoJet for United Express, the CRJ-550 is a CRJ-700 airframe with just 50…

airBaltic Plans a Bond Issue of €340 Million

Last week airBaltic reached an important milestone on the path towards its IPO. The carrier reported pricing a EUR 340 million (USD $367,113,300) issue of 14.50% 5.25-year (five years and three months) senior secured bonds. An Important Step The company proudly announced that the demand for the bond exceeded the…

Delta Planning to Fly Premium-Heavy CRJ-550s

Roughly two weeks ago, AirlineGeeks first reported that SkyWest plans to add the CRJ-550 to its fleet, transitioning 19 CRJ-700s from an expiring American contract. While Delta hasn't officially announced that it will operate the type, the carrier has since added the CRJ-550 to its website's fleet page, essentially taking the…