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The four largest airline participating in Essential Air Service contracts, TOP: Southern Airways Express C208, Cape Air C402 ; BOTTOM. Boutique PC12 , SkyWest CRJ200 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Essential Air Service: What It Is and Why It's Needed

Every year, people around the country pay their taxes and begin to complain about which government programs are necessary and which are not. And every year the same question comes up: why does the government shell out millions of dollars in federal aid to airlines in order to fly — in some cases empty aircraft — to cities nobody has ever heard of? Because it’s essential. History of EAS Essential Air Service has played an interesting role in this country…

American, United Report Net Losses, Project Capacity Again Lower than…

U.S. airline industry earnings season continued Thursday morning as rival legacy carriers American Airlines and United Airlines released figures from the fourth quarter and all of 2021. The pair of airlines followed competitor Delta Air Lines' lead with a beat on the top and bottom lines. United reported a total…

Allegiant’s December 2021 Traffic Numbers Exceed 2019 Levels

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air recently announced its December 2021 passenger numbers as well as its overall passenger traffic for 2021. Passenger numbers for the month exceeded the same month in 2019. This was despite operational difficulty over the holiday period mostly related due to crew shortages from the Omicron variant…

Photos: First Delta A321neo Out of Paint Shop in Hamburg

Delta's first A321neo made its debut on Friday after exiting Airbus' manufacturing facility in Hamburg, Germany. The Atlanta-based airline has 155 total A321neo aircraft on order after recently adding 30 more to its book in August 2021. The new aircraft's rollout for the U.S. airline was captured by local planespotters.…

Austin Welcomes New Airlines, Prepares for Record-Breaking Capacity

Austin landed another high-profile route this week when Virgin Atlantic announced its plans to connect the Texas capital with London Heathrow. The new year-round service will commence on May 25 and operate four times weekly. This marks the first new U.S. route for Virgin Atlantic since 2015. The airline currently…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Atlas Air to Add Four Boeing 777 Freighters

Last year has certainly been a drier year for Chicago-based aircraft manufacturing Boeing with production issues and fewer orders as opposed to fellow rival Airbus, especially with several notable airline customers who have switched to the Toulouse-based aircraft manufacturer. Fortunately for Boeing, the manufacturer seems to be getting a slightly…