Airlines
Trulli
Photo provided by Ryan Ewing

Air France Officials Attacked In Employee Riot

Following the announcement of up to 2,900 planned job cuts to their 69,000 employee workforce, Air France officials had to be led away with police protection after angry riots led by airline colleagues. The incident occurred when Air France held a meeting with its central committee within the company's headquarters at CDG, outlining where and when the job cuts would take place. The meeting was abruptly halted as angry employees stormed the building, in which chaos ensued. The airline has…

Finnair’s First A350 XWB Makes Its Maiden Flight

Finland's flag carrier Finnair has seen its first Airbus A350-900 XWB embark on its maiden flight out of Toulouse. The aircraft, registered F-WZFM, took off at 11:20UTC on September 16th from Airbus' headquarters in southern France before conducting its initial flight tests lasting around six hours. [caption id="attachment_3088" align="alignright" width="300"] Finnair A350…

Scoot Retires Last 777, Becomes First All 787 Fleet

On September 2, 2015, Singapore-based low-cost carrier, Scoot, announced they had officially transitioned to an all Boeing 787 fleet with the retirement of their last 777-200ER. The transition process has gone very quickly for Scoot as it was only seven months ago that they received their first 787 in a…

Malaysia Airlines Reforms Under a New Identity

On Tuesday, Malaysia Airlines welcomed the formation of their new company, Malaysia Airlines Berhad. CEO Christoph Mueller walked through Kuala Lumpur International Airport, along with other staff members and senior managers, to mark the occasion. Passengers arriving and departing from Kuala Lumpur were greeted by the staff members, a warm…

Airlines Begin Banning the Shipment of Game Trophies

In light of recent news of the killing of world renown Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by American dentist Walter Palmer, airlines around the globe have updated their policies to no longer allow for game trophies to be shipped in their cargo holds. The first airline to make the change…

United Experiencing Computer Issues: Flights Grounded Nationwide

At approximately 8:50 AM EDT, passengers flying on United began to report delays due to system issues. Later, United employees were able to confirm that the outage has to do with the computer and reservation systems. At 9:43AM, United released the following Tweet: We experienced a network connectivity issue. We…

Alitalia Shows Off a Full-Fledged Redesign 

Today, Alitalia announced unveiled their rebranded business model. The new rebrand features a slightly-altered livery and cabin redesign. They will also update cabin crew uniforms and introduce up to seven new aircraft to the fleet. The rebrand will provide a fresh look for a design that has remained mostly unchanged…

Air China and United Airlines Expand Codeshare Partnership

On June 2nd, Air China, the national airline of China, and United Airlines, the world’s largest carrier by destinations served, announced a furthering of their codeshare partnership. The airlines already codeshare on certain routes and with this announcement they will now partner on an additional 22 routes in China and…

Large Carriers Begin to Embrace the Apple Watch

Whether or not early reviewers favorably view the Apple Watch, 2.3 million customers with pre-orders have left major international airlines competing to create the best app available for the new device. A long list including American Airlines, Delta, United, JetBlue, British Airways, Air France and more have all been slowly…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Iceland Express

Iceland Express was a discounted carrier that was based in Keflavik, Iceland with the purpose of giving Icelanders an alternate low-cost carrier besides the nation’s flag carrier Icelandair. Formed by the parent company Northern Travel Holdings in 2002, the airline started flights in February 2003 with flights from Keflavik to…