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Mandarin Airlines to Launch Charter Flight to Tottori, Japan

Mandarin Airlines, a subsidiary of China Airlines, will be launching a new charter service from its Taichung hub in central Taiwan to Tottori in Japan’s Chugoku region beginning Sept. 4, 2019. The new non-stop flights will operate two times a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The two round-trip charter flights will be operated using an Embraer ERJ-190 aircraft carrying 104 passengers in an all economy class configuration. The total flight time is approximately 2 hour and 50 minutes each way,…

Via Airlines Ceases Commercial Service, Reverts Back to Charter Operation

Growing independent regional airline Via Airlines has abruptly ended all scheduled commercial flights with plans to revert back to its original business model of conducting charter operations. Known by its shortened name, ViaAir, the airline began flying in 1997, specializing in both public and private charter flights catered for corporations,…

Hi Fly to Introduce First Second-Hand A380 by Mid-Year 2018

Portuguese charter operator Hi Fly will become the first company to wet-lease a second-hand Airbus A380, by taking one of the five Singapore Airlines A380s which have already been retired. The intention, according to Hi Fly, is to operate two aircraft, starting with one by mid-2018. The aircraft configuration will…

Eurowings Turns to Royal Air Force Service Provider for Flight…

Passengers travelling from Germany to the Dominican Republic in early February expected to fly with Eurowings since they had booked with the Lufthansa subsidiary. They were in for a surprise when their flight was called for boarding. While it was indeed an Airbus A330-200 aircraft that was standing at the…

A Day in The Life of a Charter Pilot

Being a charter pilot is an interesting occupation within the aviation industry. In this piece, we take you inside the life of a charter pilot.  5:30 AM My day started at 5:30 AM on a cloudy Tuesday morning. I was going flying, but not on a big passenger jet. Instead,…

World Airways Calls it Quits

After years of struggling to stay profitable, World Airways finally called it quits today. The airline’s parent company, Global Aero Logistics, decided after failing to find investors to resurrect the airline from bankruptcy to cancel all flights starting May 27. The airline is the second to claim bankruptcy in the…