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A Thomas Cook A330-200 in Las Vegas (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Thomas Cook Shuts Down, Leaves Passengers Stranded

After failing to secure additional funding, the largest and oldest tourist broker Thomas Cook has ceased operations on September 23,  setting an end to almost 180 years of history and tradition. Even though the group's social media channels kept reassuring that operations would continue as normal, the CAA, the U.K.'s aviation authority, began preparations for Operation Matterhorn, a massive airlift that will take care of about 600,000 affected passengers. Under British law, the tourist packages sold by an authorized dealer…

Air Berlin Files for Bankruptcy Following Etihad Airways Pull Out

On Tuesday, Air Berlin announced that they will be filing for insolvency after its main shareholder Etihad Airway said it would no longer provide financial support. The German-based carrier has been hit for months with disruptions to its flights, while it has been going through several restructuring efforts. The carrier has built…

Alitalia Goes Bankrupt for the Third Time: Is This the…

On Tuesday, Alitalia announced that they have gone into administration following staggering losses within the carrier. The move to go into administration was formally approved by the Italian government and Alitalia shareholders. The Italian government is expected to give the airline 600 million Euros to continue operating flights while a…

TBT In Aviation History: Remembering Northwest Airlines

Northwest Airways was founded in 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. Their main focus was to transport mail and established a route between Minneapolis and Chicago. During this early part of Northwest’s history, the airline focused on expanding to smaller cities in the Midwest, with a route to Calgary becoming the airlines…