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Aviastar Tupolev Tu-204 Burnt Down at Hangzhou Airport (Photo: Courtesy Weibo @三七V博)

A Deep Dive Into the Aviastar Tu-204 Fire in Hangzhou

On Jan. 8, an Aviastar Airline’s Tupolev Tu-204 freighter caught on fire on the ground of Huangzhou, China’s Xiaoshan Airport. Thanks to the swift action by the airport firefighting crews, no one was hurt or killed during the accident. The plane was burnt into three pieces, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. [caption id="attachment_56343" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Aviastar Tupolev Tu-204 Burnt Down at Hangzhou Airport (Photo: Courtesy Weibo @三七V博)[/caption] The Fire Scene The cargo flight 4B6534 was…

Icelandair Adds New Destinations to Network for Summer 2022

Icelandair is adding three more European destinations to its schedule this summer with the addition of Rome; Alicante, Spain and Nice, France to the network. “As we enter the New Year, we are seeing the signs of recovery for the travel industry," Bogi Nils Bogason, Icelandair's president and chief executive…

American Airlines And Aer Lingus Launch New Codeshare

Tuesday morning, legacy carrier American Airlines announced their new code-share agreement with Aer Lingus — the national carrier of Ireland. The agreement will initially target those routes between the United States and Europe — giving passengers far more options to travel between the two countries.  The bilateral agreement will allow…

Air Mauritius Resumes Flights To Johannesburg

Air Mauritius recently announced the resumption of its commercial flights from Johannesburg to Mauritius. The airline will now serve five weekly flights scheduled for January 2022, operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Flights will be operated by both the Airbus A350-900 and the A330-900neo. Air Mauritius flight resumption…

Singapore’s Changi Airport Observes Surge In Passengers

Singapore’s Changi Airport has revealed its traffic at the end of 2021, which was about 15% of pre-pandemic levels. Compared to early 2021, the passenger capacity was only 3% of pre-pandemic levels. The international travel hub believed the passenger traffic will improve this year. However, the airport will need to…

Viva Aerobus Sets Passenger Record

In December 2021, Viva Aerobus exceeded, for the first time in its history, more than 1.6 million passengers transported. This represented a growth of 46% compared to the same month of 2019 and with a load factor of 84%. In a press release, Viva Aerobus published these record figures that…

ITA Airways Eyes Likely Agreement with Lufthansa As Delta Watches…

Though its operations first started less than three months ago, ITA Airways has become an airline of great interest both in its home country and around the world. The fact that it is the Italian national airline is a strategic factor both for the company itself and for other European…

Interviews: Southern Airways Express Receives King Air After Delay

Despite knowing a lot about the Essential Air Service, or EAS, program and what goes on in it there are still some things that slip past and go unnoticed. Southern Airways Express won the contract for the community of Chadron, Neb., (CDR) to operate daily flights to Denver on the…

American Airlines Resumes Sydney Services

American Airlines has resumed service between Sydney and the United States. The airline joined competitors Qantas, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines on the Los Angeles - Sydney route for the first time in several months this week. The Dallas-based airline has joined the ranks of other airlines that have…

Air China Received Three New Airbus Aircraft at the End…

On Dec. 31, 2021, Air China picked up an Airbus A320neo and an Airbus A321neo from Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France. On the previous day, the flag carrier of China received a brand-new Airbus A350 from the manufacturer's Tianjin, China facility. Air China set the ambitious goal to receive 55…