Aircraft Orders and Deliveries
The Airbus A350XWB taxis at Chicago O'hare International Airport (Photo: Greg Linton)

Italy’s New Flag Carrier ITA Unveils Order of 50+ Airbus Aircraft

A new era of civil aviation in Italy is set to commence, as Italy's current flag carrier, Alitalia, is set to terminate its operations on October 15 due to its bankruptcy proceedings. In its place, Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) will succeed the carrier with a fresh balance sheet, 52 aircraft from its predecessor and 2800 employees. As part of a press release at the time of the announcement, ITA released a fleet growth plan for 105 aircraft by 2025, with…

Denver Air Connection Announces Texas Launch Date

At the beginning of September 2021, the Department of Transportation (DOT)  approved the alternate service plan request by a local Colorado-based Denver Air Connection. The request was to use some of the carrier's current flights out of Clovis, N.M. and operate flights to Dallas Ft. Worth in addition to the…

Boeing to Expand Converted Freight Production in China

On Sept. 28, the opening day of the China International Air Show, Boeing announced its plan to open two new Boeing 767-300BCF conversion lines in cooperation with Guangzhou Aircraft Manufacturing and Engineering Company (GAMECO), a joint venture between China Southern Airlines and Hutchison Whampoa. “It was mutually beneficial to continue…

Scoot Increases Athens-Berlin, Resumes Services

The recent continuous rise in community Covid-19 cases in Singapore has led to an increase in calibrated safe management measures and extensive testing, alongside stringent contact tracing measures. Around the world, the Delta variant has also caused panic and led to some trepidation with regard to travel, causing certain countries…

Air France Adds First A220 to Fleet, Announces First Destinations

Air France took delivery of its first Airbus A22-300 on Wednesday, welcoming an aircraft it christened "Le Bourget," named for a French town north of Paris with close historical ties to aviation and home of Paris-Le Bourget Airport, the Air and Space Museum and the biennial Paris-Le Bourget International Air…

Qatar Airways Backtracks on A380 Withdrawal, Cites A350 Issues

Qatar Airways has revealed that it will return at least five Airbus A380s to service from this November, a complete U-turn on the company's decision to permanently withdraw the fleet due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker informed Executive Traveller of the decision…

Air Canada Recommences Ties With India

The question of when to safely reopen Canada's borders for certain international travelers remains a constant conversation amongst many world leaders during the ongoing Covid-19 ordeal. Many major airlines continue to monitor travel restrictions and must adjust their flight schedules and route network to adhere to the imposed entry restrictions.…

South African Airways, Kenya Airways Seize Partnership Opportunity

Rhetoric on the need for cooperation between airlines in Africa has never been in short supply, but action has been less forthcoming. In the current aviation landscape, filled by the emergence of new markets, South African Airways and Kenya Airways are looking to redouble their efforts to remain competitive. The…

Trip Report: Catania to Olbia with DAT Volidisicilia

Editor's Note: Tickets were provided by DAT Volidisicilia to AirlineGeeks. Beautiful Sicilia, not-so-beautiful Catania Airport during Summer season. The terminal is big and modern as well, but it really gets crowded during this time of the year, and it showed. At least the airport management showed some commitment to avoid…

British Airways To Axe Its Short-Haul Network At London Gatwick

There had been some hints throughout the past several months, but this time there is an official communication by the carrier itself: following a failed negotiation with the pilots’ union BALPA (British Air Line Pilots Association), British Airways had decided to cancel almost all its short-haul flights from London Gatwick…