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Viewing Air Italy's A330-200 from the press conference. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Shaquille Khan)

Air Italy Announces New U.S. Flights as Senators Request Investigation

Air Italy has announced it will launch new routes to two new American cities in 2019, choosing to serve the West Coast cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco in its latest route expansion. Following the launch of New York and Miami service earlier this year, Air Italy focused largely on the eastern flank of its route network, increasing service to Asia with new flights to Delhi and Mumbai in India starting this month. With this announcement, the airline is…

Airbus Delivers First A330-900neo to Launch Operator TAP Air Portugal

TAP Air Portugal received its first Airbus A330-900neo on Monday at a delivery ceremony held at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. The A330-900neo is the next-generation version of Airbus' popular A330-300 aircraft, a major player in the long-haul market, and is the first of two variants of the…

Delta Tacks on More Airbus A330neo Orders to Support International…

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has expanded their current A330neo order from 25 to 35 aircraft with the order of ten additional Airbus A330-900s, according to a press release from the airline. The order, which was made to support Delta’s international growth strategy, goes alongside an agreement by the airline and…

LEVEL Expands Low-Cost Transatlantic Flights to New York and Santiago

IAG’s low-cost subsidiary LEVEL announced plans to start new routes from its Spanish hub in Barcelona to New York and Santiago de Chile, according to RoutesOnline. Service to Santiago, the airline’s second South American destination following Buenos Aires, will begin in March, while service to New York will begin in…

Lufthansa Enters and Condor Exits Austin Market

Buried deep in a press release sent on Sept. 27, Lufthansa gave a glimpse of hope for its shrinking Frankfurt hub which keeps seeing capacity reduction and international flights being transferred to the nearby Munich Airport. The airline subtly announced that it plans to offer its first connection between Frankfurt…

Trip Report: Virgin Atlantic’s Former Air Berlin A330 Economy Class

Since their acquisition earlier this year, Virgin Atlantic's Airbus A330-200s have received a lot of negative feedback, most reviews complaining particularly about the leg space and seat comfort. Fortunately for me, at the end of August, I had the opportunity to be able to fly on one of these airplanes…

Should Virgin Atlantic Have Retrofitted Their A330-200s Before Using Them?

Virgin Atlantic acquired four Airbus A330-200s from the now-defunct Air Berlin between February and May of this year. While the airplanes are now in the Virgin Atlantic livery, each with their own special name, the cabins remain the same from Air Berlin. While the interiors are all set to be retrofitted…

HNA Group Isn’t Paying for a Batch of New A330s

Chinese conglomerate HNA group, who owns carriers including Hainan Airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines and Tianjin Airlines has six Airbus A330-300s stalled by Airbus, after failing to pay on time, as seen and reported by a Reuters journalist after the A220-300 presentation in Toulouse last week. The aircraft are being held…

Argentina Removes Airfare Minimums, Deregulates Domestic Market

In an unexpected move, Argentina's Minister of Transportation Guillermo Dietrich announced that national administration will no longer set minimum prices for domestic airfares, starting on August 15. This means that the market will be able to advertise tickets for flights well below the existing "price bands" that were imposed in…

Photos: Airbus A330-900neo Makes U.S. Debut in Miami

Representatives from Airbus, TAP Portugal, Rolls Royce, RECARO, and MIA were on hand to show off the newest Airbus widebody jet,  the A330neo, for the first time in the United States.  This is the first aircraft delivered to launch customer TAP Portugal. The aircraft is embarking on a worldwide proving…