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An A321neo with the 'More to Love' tail is seen at Airbus' Hamburg facility (Photo: Tobias Gudat)

First Airbus A321neo with Alaska Tail Makes Appearance in Hamburg

The Virgin America brand is gradually fading away. Since the announcement that Alaska would acquire Virgin America in a deal valued at $2.6 billion, the airline has been working to merge both brands, including future plans for Virgin's fleet of 67 Airbus narrow-body aircraft. In March of 2017, Alaska said that they plan to retire the Virgin America brand by 2019, meaning that Virgin America signage, logos, and branding would be phased out. The airline did state, however, that they plan…

U.S. Airlines Introduce Rules on Smart Luggage

Society as a whole is starting to see more and more "smart things." After the introduction of the smartphone, we have started to see smart cars, smart fridges, smart blinds, and now smart luggage. New smart suitcases and carry-on bags being sold possess all sorts of features aimed to make…

Traversing Larger Boundaries: The Ever Expanding Reach of Regional Aircraft

Regional aircraft, the small, less than 100 seat airplanes that we see at small airports across the country, are finding themselves on longer routes. The aircraft were originally offered as a way for airlines to serve short routes with less demand using less fuel-intensive aircraft. However, a new trend has…

Alaska Bids Farewell to Beloved 737-400 Combi Fleet

Like many AvGeeks, I’ve always been attracted to oddities in the aviation industry. Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737-400 Combi, short for combination, was, possibly, one of the last true aviation oddities in the U.S. Sadly, the final Boeing 737-400 Combi flew its last flight for Alaska Airlines on Wednesday. On the…

Virgin America Flights to be Operated by Alaska in April…

After purchasing Virgin America for $2.6 billion in 2016, Alaska Airlines will switch all Virgin America flights to Alaska operations on April 25, 2018. Alaska was cleared by the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice in December of 2016 to continue with the acquisition of Virgin America,…

Part Two: Fuel Hedging in the Airline Industry

While the previous post served as an introduction to the various types of fuel hedging methods, this post will focus on several real world examples of fuel hedging done right and wrong throughout the airline industry. As mentioned previously fuel hedging is the strategy that airlines use to control their…

PenAir Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Following 62 Years of…

Anchorage, Alaska-based regional carrier, Peninsula Airways, commonly referred to as PenAir, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as of Sunday, August 6. Chapter 11 gives companies temporary protection from its creditors, giving them the opportunity to restructure their finances and organization. The airline, which is one of Alaska's largest…

Taking a Ride Onboard the World’s First Revenue A321neo Flight

The morning of a much-anticipated trip is always the best. Anticipation is at its zenith, excitement is at full throttle, and all an avgeek like myself can do is countdown the minutes until it is time to leave for the airport. Of course, this morning was the whole reason I…

Alaska Airlines to Keep Virgin America Gates at Dallas Love…

Last week, Alaska Airlines confirmed that it plans to continue the operation of flights out of Dallas Love Field after its acquisition of Virgin America last year. As a part of the purchase, Alaska inherited Virgin America's two gates at the urban airport. Due to the Wright Amendment, Love Field…

Delta and Alaska Airlines Slated to End Partnership in 2017

Following Alaska Airlines' acquisition of Virgin America, Delta has announced that their partnership with the Seattle-based carrier will come to an end by May 2017. In a press release, the airline stated that this decision is a positive milestone for both airlines with Alaska's focus on the merger and Delta's…