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An Air France A380 on final approach at LAX. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

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 context of the current COVID-19 crisis and its impact on anticipated activity levels, the Air France-KLM Group announces today the definitive end of Air France Airbus A380 operations." "Initially scheduled…

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…

One Year Later: Looking Back at Jet Airways

This past week we marked the one year anniversary of Jet Airways suspending operations. The airline flew its last flight from Amritsar to Mumbai on April 17, 2019. The airline technically still exists as an entity since bankruptcy proceedings are ongoing. Planes the airline has leased have been repossessed and…

As Major Airports Shudder, a Single-Runway Arizona Airpark Bustles

Amid a global crisis that has practically reduced global travel to a skeleton of what it once was, a small, single-runway airpark smack-dab in the middle of the Arizona desert is an unlikely portrait of productivity. Pinal Airpark, situated along the Interstate 10 corridor between Phoenix and Tucson, in Marana,…

Air Canada Converts Three Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft For Cargo Operations

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has not spared Canada and its air transport industry. Air Canada has reduced its capacity by 85-90 percent during the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. During the month of April, the Montreal-based carrier is planning to serve a…

The Process of Preparing Aircraft for Long-Term Storage

With COVID-19 decimating the travel industry, demand has dropped to almost nothing. Planes have been sent to storage for who knows how long. Many aircraft will be brought into service as demand picks up but some will be kept in storage longer since it will likely take some time before…

Embraer to Resume Critical Operations

Embraer is resuming critical operations in an effort to maintain its production lines and is also diverting efforts to assist the Brazilian government in the production of parts for respirators to combat COVID-19. During the temporary plant shutdown period, customer support, aircraft maintenance, and manufacturing were defined as essential roles…

Indian Aviation Industry Braces For $3.6 Billion Loss, Looks To…

After halting international services into and out of the country, the Indian government announced Monday that it would suspend domestic passenger services starting March 25 in an effort to slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus across the country. Airlines were directed to halt their scheduled passenger operations after 11:59…