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Inside the cabin of an Aegean Airlines A321 which has been converted into a temporary cargo jet. (Photo: Aegean Airlines)

Getting Creative: Aegean Airlines Converts Fleet to Cargo Aircraft

As airlines deal with a sharp decline in air travel demand and closed borders, they are becoming creative in finding new ways to keep their aircraft flying. On March 26, Aegean Airlines temporarily suspended its international network until April 30 in an effort to preserve the sustainability of its operations. The airline will maintain several weekly flights between Athens and Brussels in the meantime to maintain Greece’s connectivity with the E.U.’s administrative center. Additionally, Olympic Air, Aegean’s subsidiary, has committed…

Airbus to Add A321 Production Capacity in Toulouse

In a move that will be welcomed by a number of its airline partners, Airbus announced this week that the company will increase the production capacity of its popular A321 at its Toulouse facility.  Airbus Chief Operating Officer Michael Schoellhorn said: “We are enjoying an unprecedented high demand for our…

Aer Lingus Faces Delays with Airbus A321neo LR Orders

Expansion plans for Irish carrier Aer Lingus have been slowed down due to delivery delays of the carrier’s new Airbus A321neo LR aircraft. “I was counting on having four Airbus A321neo LR aircraft last summer,” said Sean Doyle, chief executive of Aer Lingus at the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers conference…

United Orders 50 Airbus A321XLRs, Defers A350 Deliveries

A decision from United was expected in relation to the replacement of the airline's aging Boeing 757 fleet that still operates in the coveted North Atlantic route segment among others. And that decision finally arrived on Tuesday; the carrier announced that starting in 2024, it will incorporate 50 Airbus A321XLR…

SAS to Start Airbus A321neoLR Service in September 2020

Scandinavian Airlines, also known as SAS, has unveiled its initial plans for its Airbus A321neoLR, the second type in the A320neo family to join its fleet. The first aircraft will arrive from Airbus in mid-2020 with a start date of Sept. 18, 2020, debuting on the Copenhagen-Boston route. Though a…

Azul Receives First Airbus A321neo

Brazilian airline Azul received the first Airbus A321neo of Brazil. Configured with 214 seats and powered by CFM International's LEAP-1A engines, the aircraft is the first of 13 units ordered. The company will operate the A321neo on high-density domestic routes promising its customers a distinctive product, including larger luggage compartments,…

Frontier Becomes First U.S. Customer to Buy A321XLR

In a Paris Air Show that is still in shock after IAG's massive order of 200 Boeing 737 MAXs. Airbus' new product is delivering consistent results just three days after its launch. Indigo Partners, the same holding that two years ago placed a record order of 430 A320 family aircraft,…

Two Notable Things to Look for at the 2019 Paris…

Starting this Monday, the aviation industry will meet for the largest aerospace industry exhibition trade fair in the world, the Paris Air Show. Held at Paris' Le Bourget Airport, the event spans seven days including four trading days for industry members and three days open to the public. The 52nd…

Trip Report: Flying from Phoenix to Orlando and Back on…

American debuted its newest aircraft, the Airbus A321neo, into passenger service on Tuesday. The latest-generation narrowbody aircraft offers exceptional range, larger overhead bin space and, overall, a better passenger experience over previous-generation A320 family models. American became the third operator of the type in the U.S. after taking delivery back…

From Burg to Burgh: Why Did American’s First A321neo Go…

The newest member of the family for American Airlines has arrived as Airbus delivered the airline’s first Airbus A321neo, the next generation version of the Airbus A321, on Friday. Following the official handoff, taking place at Airbus’ facility in Hamburg, Germany, the aircraft was flown nonstop to Pittsburgh, where American’s…