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Southwest Adds Chicago O’Hare, Houston Intercontinental Service

Throughout its history, Southwest Airlines has favored smaller, less busy airports, that are often close to major city centers. This has worked well for the airline in cities like Chicago and Dallas, where the airline has had a virtual monopoly at Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby. The airline has famously fought to remain at smaller airports, including a 34-year fight to repeal the Wright Amendment restricting growth at Love Field. Now in 2020, when the unexpected has become the norm,…

ExpressJet to End Operations On Sept. 30

In a message sent to employees on Monday, ExpressJet announced that it will end its operations for United Airlines at the end of September. When it was beaten out by CommutAir for a contract to operate Embraer ERJ145s for United Airlines, ExpressJet had hoped to continue operating with the legacy…

Portugese Government Takes Majority Stake in TAP Air Portugal

Portugal’s government has agreed to pay €55 million ($62 million) to increase its stake in TAP Air Portugal, the national airline, to prevent the carrier from going bankrupt. The government will own a 72.5% stake in the airline, up from the 50% stake it’s held since partially privatizing the airline…

New United CEO Focuses on Push Towards Recovery

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz has officially stepped down from his post at the airline. He will be replaced by Scott Kirby. Kirby, an industry veteran, is widely considered well equipped to lead United through the Coronavirus crisis, the worst in the airline’s history. In stepping down, Munoz will become…

Opinion: Better to Prepare For Airline Doomsday

The airline day of reckoning is coming if everything continues on its current path. The bailout money airlines got this spring will hold them over until September 30 on the condition that payroll is maintained. Airlines, especially JetBlue and United Airlines, have become creative to find loopholes around this condition,…

Over the Boneyard: A Look Down at Roswell International Air…

Roswell International Air Center is a public-use airport that serves the city of Roswell, N.M. It was previously known as Roswell Army International Airfield during World War II, and Walker Air Force Base during the Cold War. The base was previously known for a large presence of US Air Force…

Emirates Announces High-Level Leadership Changes

Emirates president, Sir Tim Clark, announced he will be stepping down from the Dubai-based carrier in June 2020. The executive will remain as an external advisor for the airline. Clark has served Emirates for more than thirty years, joining as the head of route planning in 1985 and then moving…

Study Ranks Airlines with Safest Onboard Water

A recently released study has ranked the onboard water of major U.S. airlines and it may make you reconsider which airlines you drink non-bottled water on. The 2019 Airline Water Study, performed by the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center and DietDetective.com, recently released results that ranked major and regional…

Opinion: Chinese Crackdown on Cathay Pacific Sets Bad Precedent

On Aug. 14, 2019, the aviation world was stunned by Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg's decision to step down amid protests in Hong Kong. Though not officially confirmed, it is apparent that the resignation was Beijing’s response to news that Cathay Pacific employees were participating in protests. Hogg, the person…

Opinion: Chinese Crackdown on Cathay Pacific Sets Bad Precedent

On Aug. 14, 2019, the aviation world was stunned by Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg's decision to step down amid protests in Hong Kong. Though not officially confirmed, it is apparent that the resignation was Beijing’s response to news that Cathay Pacific employees were participating in protests. Hogg, the person…