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Qatar Airways will replace its entire 777-200LR and 777-300ER fleets with the new 777X by 2025. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ben Suskind)

Qatar Airways Outlines Fleet Renewal Plan, Set to Retire 777-300ER and 777-200LR Jets

Qatar Airways has announced its plan to retire and replace many of its existing aircraft in the coming years. Different fleet types will leave Qatar’s fleet in favor of newer, more efficient and exclusive aircraft and products from this year through 2028. The airline’s announcement was led by a plan to phase out its entire Boeing 777-300ER and 777-200LR fleets by 2024. The jets will be replaced by the new Boeing 777X type as part of a “green modernization” that…

Optimistic U.S. Airlines Reintroduce Hundreds of Airplanes to Service

The Big Three legacy carriers in the United States, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, will place substantial numbers of aircraft back into service in the coming months as demand for air travel continues to rise in the U.S. American Airlines Group will take over 200 aircraft…

Potential International Partnerships Arise For Embraer After Boeing Fallout

Brazilian planemaker Embraer confirmed Monday that it has entered talks with at least two potential new partners after its previous deal with American manufacturing giant Boeing fell through. Embraer CEO Francisco Gomes Neto said that his company is negotiating with companies in China, India and “others.” The Chinese state-owned manufacturer…

Boeing Resumes 737 MAX Production Amid Layoffs

The Boeing Company announced it will resume limited production of its 737 MAX aircraft in Renton, Wash. while also advising it will need to involuntarily lay off 6,770 employees to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus on the worldwide airline industry. David Calhoun, Boeing’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), stated…

Air New Zealand Pushes Back International Schedule Resumption, Defers Aircraft…

Air New Zealand has announced it will be pushing back the restart of international operations. Though the carrier had previously stated its plans to resume international flights by June 30, this has now been pushed back until August as demand levels remain low. From August 30, the Auckland-based carrier will…

Airbus Reaches A220 Milestone With New U.S. Production Facility

Airbus’ U.S. production capabilities have begun a new chapter following the inauguration of the newly completed 270,000-square-foot hangar designed to host the final assembly line of the A220 commercial aircraft. This facility, situated in Mobile, Alabama consists of five primary assembly areas where the different components of the airframe will…

Air France Announces Immediate Retirement of A380 Fleet

Air France has announced it will immediately retire its Airbus A380 fleet following the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The airline was due to retire nine A380s from its fleet by 2022, however, the French flag carrier has brought this date forward. In a statement, the airline said: "In the…

New Alitalia to Exit SkyTeam Transatlantic Joint Venture, Expand Long-Haul…

After its original decision in March to re-nationalize the Italian flag carrier, Alitalia, the Italian government has taken all the necessary steps to transition all the assets into the new company that will be owned by Italian taxpayers who, during the past 12 years, have injected over 7 billion euros…

Honoring the Giant: An Homage to the A380 on Its…

The Airbus A380, the largest passenger airplane in existence, celebrated the 15th anniversary of its first flight Monday amidst the coronavirus pandemic’s hold on the aviation industry. Airbus developed its superjumbo as a response to Boeing’s wildly-popular 747 superjumbo, which was the go-to aircraft for high-demand long-haul flights during the…

Using Social Media to Cover the Entire Lifespan of the…

Every aviation enthusiast has a particular airplane that is at the top of their list. It is not always an attachment we can explain, but it is one every Avgeek understands. For Njord Zonneveld, that airplane is the McDonnell Douglas MD-11. The MD-11 is a widebody, three-engine airliner that was…