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A line of TAP Air Portugal Airbus A330 aircraft in Lisbon. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Tom Pallini)

A Portuguese Flying Adventure: Flying TAP Air Portugal on Its Newest Airbus Products

Out of all the airlines in Western Europe, TAP Air Portugal is arguably the most ambitious. Though in existence for 75 years this March, the airline has just recently embarked on a revitalization and rebranding campaign to better establish itself in the highly-competitive European market. Entering the 2010s as of the few remaining state-owned airlines in Europe, TAP turned to the private sector to help bring it back to life. Selling a majority stake in the company to a consortium…

United Announces Santa Maria Return and More New San Francisco…

United will be adding additional service out of its San Francisco hub for the upcoming summer travel season. In addition to the new services, the Star Alliance carrier will restart flights out of Santa Maria Airport (SMX) on California's Central Coast through its regional United Express brand (SkyWest). Beginning June…

Lufthansa Cancels, Reinstates, Then Reroutes Tehran Flight

Following the historic Iran nuclear deal, airlines around the world flocked to restart service to the nation’s capital. As the U.S. reimposed sanctions on Iran in late 2018, airlines such as British Airways, Air France and Alitalia pulled their Tehran routes. Some airlines such as KLM pulled out due to…

Aircraft Lessor BOC Aviation Places Firm Order for 20 A320neos

Airbus announced this week that Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation placed a firm order for 20 A320neo aircraft. As of September 2019, BOC owns 309 aircraft. Of those, 37 are A320neos.  The company also owns 121 A320ceos. In addition to the 309 aircraft owned by BOC, they also manage 36 aircraft and…

Airbus Exceeds Aircraft Delivery Forecast in 2019

Reuters has reported that 863 Airbus aircraft were delivered to customers in 2019 exceeding the manufacturer’s forecast target for aircraft deliveries. The news agency is citing ‘airport and tracking sources’ for the unaudited figure which the European manufacturer refused to comment on pending official confirmation later this month. If the…

U.S. Threatens More Tariffs Over Airbus Dispute

Earlier in the year, the United States won a key ruling against the European Union over unfair subsidies being given to Airbus. The World Trade Organization had ruled that the United States can go ahead and target the European Union with billions of dollars of punitive tariffs over a dispute…

Airbus Begins Deliveries of Touchscreen Cockpit Display-Equipped A350s

Operators of one of Airbus' most technologically advanced aircraft will soon be receiving an upgrade to their orders as Airbus has started delivering A350 XWB aircraft equipped with new touchscreen cockpit displays. The new displays have been developed specifically for the aircraft in partnership with the aerospace technology company Thales…

Happy Holidays! 10 Great Gifts for AvGeeks

The holidays are just about here! In the spirit of the season, here are ten great gift ideas for your favorite AvGeek. 1. 3 Feet to the Left: A New Captain's Journey from Pursuit to Perspective by Korry Franke If you have ever wondered what it is like to upgrade…

Wizz Air Announces the Launch of Abu Dhabi-based Low-Cost Carrier…

Wizz Air announced on Thursday that it will set up a low-cost subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will be a partnership with Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company (ADDH), a partner of the Abu Dhabi government. The airline is expected to begin operations in the second…

Air Baltic Unveils State-of-the-Art Airbus A220 Simulator for Pilot Training

Air Baltic on Tuesday unveiled the newest addition to its fleet, an Airbus A220 simulator. Installed at the airline’s training center in Riga, Latvia, the full-motion simulator features the latest simulator technology that will aid Air Baltic’s pilots when training on the type. [caption id="attachment_38430" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Air Baltic's new…