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A Delta Air Lines A319 holds short as an American Airlines A321 departs Los Angeles (Photo: AirlineGeeks | James Dinsdale)

U.S. Airlines Ditch Covid-Era Ticket Flexibility

The COVID-19 vaccine has breathed new life into the American airline industry. People are finally beginning to feel comfortable flying again, and carriers are seeing a significant increase in future bookings. However, the surge in bookings and potential travel boom has led many airlines to ditch Covid-era ticket flexibility and reinstate strict, pre-pandemic fare rules. Although the decision is not surprising, customers need to remember to pay close attention to the terms and conditions before purchasing tickets. Big Four Legacy…

Singapore Airlines Raises S$2 Billion from Sale-and-Leaseback Transactions

Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced in a press release on Monday that it has successfully completed sale-and-leaseback transactions for eleven aircraft, including seven Airbus A350-900s and four Boeing B787-10s, raising approximately S$2.0 billion (US$1.5 billion). Four different parties arranged the transactions, SIA said in a bourse filing on Monday. They are…

flydubai Records Major Loss Due to Pandemic

Based in Dubai, budget airline flydubai reported on Sunday May 2 a major loss of US$194 million last year, Channel News Asia reports, as its revenue fell by more than 50% in what the airline said was due to a plunge in passenger traffic as a result of the Covid-19…

Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble Set for May 26

The highly-anticipated air travel bubble to allow quarantine-free travel between Hong Kong and Singapore is set for take-off on May 26, six months delayed after its initially-planned launch. Initially set for November last year, the travel bubble was burst by both countries due to the then-sudden rise of Covid-19 cases…

The AirlineGeeks Podcast Episode 45: Hope Amid Losses

Thank you for reading the AirlineGeeks Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at last 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, Overcast or through our distributor, Anchor.…

April Brings Renewed Life for Korean Aviation

The aviation industry in South Korea has seen a silver lining in spite of the country's fourth wave of coronavirus. AeroK, the brand-new Cheongju-based airline, will operate three flights each day between Cheongju to Jeju with its A320 starting on April 15. “Operation of our first scheduled flight had to…

Porter Airlines Postpones Flight Restart Date to June 21

On Monday, Toronto-based Porter Airlines announced it has postponed its restart date to June 21, over a month past its initial relaunch date of May 19. According to the carrier, several factors are impacting the delay, including travel restrictions, low passenger demand and a closed U.S.-Canada border.  Grounded Since March…

New U.S. Start-Up Avelo Airlines to Begin Service Offering $19…

New U.S. budget carrier Avelo Airlines has announced its launch date, including initial routes and its onboard services. The carrier will launch flights on April 28 out of its Burbank, Calif. base to 11 cities on the West Coast. Avelo’s business model is focused on connecting underserved markets that lack…

Gulf Air Opens New Route to Singapore

As the summer arrives, many airlines are beginning to operate new routes to improve this year's operation. One of them is Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Earlier this week, the Middle Eastern airline operated its first flight between its base in Bahrein International Airport and…

TAP Air Portugal Expanding Route Network in Europe, Africa

More than one year after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the global aviation industry, many airlines are finally on a path to recovery. In particular, Lisbon-based TAP Air Portugal has announced plans to gradually restore its network to pre-pandemic levels. The carrier will increase its flight schedule to nearly 900 flights…