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An Eastern Airlines 767 in the new livery. (Photo: Eastern Airlines)

Eastern Airlines Expands Operations Into Cargo Market with 777F Purchase

On Wednesday, Eastern Airlines announced that it will be expanding its operations into the cargo market following the acquisition of 35 Boeing 777F aircraft. Set to enter service in the first quarter of 2022, the aircraft acquired by the company will be the first 777s to ever undergo a passenger-to-freighter (P2F) transformation, allowing the carrier to begin serving the e-commerce express freight market. The conversion of the 777 will transition the aircraft into a fully certified cargo aircraft, allowing the…

JAL Retires Pratt & Whitney-Powered 777s

Japan Airlines has announced the retirement of all of its Prat & Whitney–powered Boeing 777s a year earlier than planned a little over a month after a similar United Airlines aircraft suffered an uncontained engine failure, raining debris over a Denver-area neighborhood. “JAL has decided to accelerate the retirement of…

JAL Retires Pratt & Whitney-Powered 777s

Japan Airlines has announced the retirement of all of its Prat & Whitney–powered Boeing 777s a year earlier than planned a little over a month after a similar United Airlines aircraft suffered an uncontained engine failure, raining debris over a Denver-area neighborhood. “JAL has decided to accelerate the retirement of…

Austrian Airlines Ramping Up Flights for Winter Tourism

As airlines worldwide prepare for a likely travel boom this winter, Austrian Airlines is making an aggressive return to international operations. With a focus on long-haul flights to sunny destinations, the carrier is reintroducing routes to Cancún, Mexico, Mauritius and Cape Town, South Africa, and is increasing its flight frequency…

Eastern Airlines to Start Widebody Freighter Operations

The third-iteration of Eastern Air Lines — the famous defunct U.S. carrier — filed plans for the operation of freighter services using two leased-Boeing 777-200 freighter aircraft. Eastern Airlines plans to use the aircraft on Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) charters.   The airline filed plans with the U.S. Department…

ANA Releases Interim Flight Schedule, Starts Retiring 777s

On Tuesday, Japan-based All Nippon Airways (ANA) released its interim flight schedule for the remainder of 2021, which will focus mostly on profitable domestic routes. However, the overall domestic network will shrink. The carrier also announced that, as its Boeing 777 aircraft are retired, its more efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner…

Two 777s Experience Birdstrikes In a Week

Bird strikes are not uncommon events in aviation, but it is certainly a peculiar occurrence that two of them have occurred in just a few days apart involving the same aircraft type, the Boeing 777. British Airways Flight Strikes Birds in Lagos On Dec. 30, a British Airways Boeing 777-300ER…

The AirlineGeeks Podcast Episode 22: New Airports and Iconic Retirements

Thank you for reading the AirlineGeeks Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at this week’s episode of our news podcast. For our full analysis of each of these stories, you can listen to The AirlineGeeks Podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts or through our distributor, Anchor. We start…

Trip Report: Delta’s Final 777 Passenger Flight

As airlines begin to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta is continuing to finalize some of its fleet restructuring programs. On Oct. 31, it had its final passenger flight onboard the Boeing 777 aircraft. I was lucky enough to get a seat on this final farewell flight.…

Final Delta 777 Flight Takes Off For Los Angeles

Delta is preparing to operate its final Boeing 777 flights. The final service, from New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport to Los Angeles International, will fly on Saturday, and the carrier’s final international 777 flight took place on Wednesday. The Atlanta-based carrier announced in May that it would retire…