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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 of Transportation (DOT) to increase its fleet from 10 to 18 aircraft. Additionally, it plans to increase the number of airliners participating in regularly scheduled service from six aircraft to…

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…

New Cargo Airline Begins Operations in Colombia, Airports May Reopen…

Panamericana Airlines, a Colombian company founded in Barranquilla under the direction of Thomas Friese, announced that it will begin operations in the second half of August. In an interview for El Heraldo, Ronald Peña, Panamericana Airlines Expansion Manager, said that the carrier will first offer international service to Miami and…

Korean Air Suspends Flights, Adjusts Premium Classes and Freighter Fleet

Korean Air announced Monday that it is scaling back a significant number of flights due to the decrease in passenger volume because of the coronavirus. In a press release, the airline announced it would be either suspending or reducing the frequency on dozens of flights in both its international and…

Qatar Airways Outlines Fleet Renewal Plan, Set to Retire 777-300ER…

Qatar Airways has announced its plan to retire and replace many of its existing aircraft in the coming years. Different fleet types will leave Qatar’s fleet in favor of newer, more efficient and exclusive aircraft and products from this year through 2028. The airline’s announcement was led by a plan…

American Grows Cargo Schedule as Shipping Demand Remains High

Lockdowns around the globe have created an increase in demand for shipping. The increase in demand in cargo is contrary to the drastic and dramatic drop in passenger demand as well as commercial flights. The reduction in passenger flights has lead to a drop in capacity for cargo as well.…