More On JetBlue’s Strategic, Financial Rationale for Spirit Airlines Offer

On Tuesday, news leaked that JetBlue had made a $3.6 billion takeover offer for Spirit Airlines, the Miramar, Fla.-based ultra-low-cost carrier that in February agreed to terms for a merger with close competitor Frontier Airlines. The early announcement — in addition to a formal release from the airline after the…

Emirates, Qatar Airways Push for New Nigerian National Carrier As…

Nigeria's much anticipated Nigeria Air will finally launch in 2023, according to the West African country's Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC). The office of the country's president officially agreed to the extended deadline, according to ICRC Director General Michael Ohiani. “I want to assure the Nigerian public that we are…

ITA Airways’ First Airbus A350 is Ready to begin Service

ITA Airways, Italy's national airline, has painted the first Airbus A350 in its fleet. As it was already confirmed in January 2022 that the Airbus A350s that will join the ITA Airways fleet starting from June 2022 are the ones that previously belonged to the Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines. The planes…

Delta Takes Delivery of First Airbus A321neo

Delta Airlines on Wednesday took delivery of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft, delivered from Airbus’ European A321 Final Assembly Line location in Hamburg, Germany. Following some additional modifications and technical work in Atlanta, the aircraft is set to enter service in May. The delivery is the first of 26 A321neo’s —…

China Sends Commercial Jets to Evacuate Citizens from Ukraine

Since Friday, March 4, China began to evacuate its citizens from active war zones in Ukraine via commercial flights. As of the moment this report has been posted, a total of 7 flights has been executed from Romania and Poland to pick up Chinese nationals and their families to go…

Volaris Releases 2021 Passenger Numbers, Announces New Route for 2022

Volaris — the Mexican ultra-low-cost airline — ended 2021 as the main carrier in Mexico by transporting the largest number of passengers more than Aeroméxico and Viva Aerobus. Volaris transported 7.3 million passengers in the last quarter of 2021, increasing by 27% compared to the same quarter of 2020. Domestic…

Frontier Opens New Crew Base in Phoenix

On Tuesday, Frontier — one of the U.S. major ultra-low-cost carriers —  announced plans to open a new crew base at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport. The crew base is set to open in November, later this year and is expected to be a base for 180 pilots and 275…

Russian Airline Aeroflot Violates Canadian Airspace

Canada issued a warning after Russian airline Aeroflot violated a restriction on using Canadian airspace on Sunday.  The infringement occurred on the same day that Canada and Europe announced they would block their airspace to Russian airlines in retaliation to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, putting pressure on the U.S. to…

Virgin Atlantic Announces Return of Full Complement of US Destinations

Virgin Atlantic has announced that from April it will reinstate its full portfolio of destinations in the U.S. The return to a number of U.S. airports and an increase in frequency to others has been driven by a 50% increase in passenger demand from 2021 in light of relaxed travel…