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A United 737 MAX 9 at Boeing's Renton factory. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

United Airlines Adds 25 737 MAX Orders

United Airlines on Monday morning announced that it is adding an additional 25 Boeing 737 MAX jets to its existing orders. The airline is also expediting deliveries of its existing MAX orders as the airline prepares for a recovery in travel demand. The newest planes that Boeing ordered are set to be delivered in 2023. It moved 40 deliveries up to 2022 and will take another five deliveries to 2023 along with the new orders. United is taking a total…

Air New Zealand Trials IATA’s Travel Pass

Following Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, Air New Zealand is going to trial the Travel Pass app developed by International Air Transport Association (IATA) on its Auckland-Sydney route in April. Air New Zealand Chief Digital Officer Jennifer Sepull says the goal is to enable customers to seamlessly…

British Airways Signs New Agreements to Strengthen Liquidity

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines have arranged several agreements with their national governments to save the business. However, none of them expected this crisis to last so long, and some carriers are asking their national institutions for new funds to survive the months to come. That is the case…

American Prepares for 13,000 Employee Furloughs

On Wednesday, American Airlines warned employees that it will send furlough notices to roughly 13,000 employees this week. The announcement comes as the second round of federal payroll aid, which was approved in December, is set to expire. “The vaccine is not being distributed as quickly as any of us…

KLM Halts Intercontinental Flights in Response to New Travel Restrictions

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has suspended 270 flights to the Netherlands, including all of its intercontinental services, after new government regulations were imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In addition to intercontinental flights, certain routes between Amsterdam and other European destinations will be canceled indefinitely beginning on Jan.…

Emirates Offers Vaccination To Its Employees

During the last couple months, the COVID-19 vaccination process has started in several countries around the world. This is the great hope of the air transportation industry to begin short-term recovery. On Monday, Emirates has announced a vaccination program for all its employees in collaboration with the Minister of Health…

Kenya Airways Prepares Pharma Cargo Facility For Fight Against COVID-19

Kenya Airways (KQ), through its cargo arm KQ Cargo, has unveiled its ultra-modern pharma facility at its main hub in Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The Kenya Cargo team is preparing for this critical logistical role in transporting the coronavirus vaccine once approved with the facility having the capabilities…

Cathay Pacific Introduced Covid-19 Insurance

Cathay Pacific Airways needs to lure the essential travel and boost passengers’ confidence after being hit by the coronavirus. The airline has introduced a free Covid-19 insurance to its passengers for the trips are commenced between Dec. 7 and Feb. 28 inclusive. Per a Cathay Pacific press release, the coverage…

United Airlines Begins Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Charter Flights

On Friday, United Airlines began operating charter flights to begin the distribution of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which is poised to be approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by mid-December. United's Distribution Plan The Wall Street Journal, citing a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),…

Qantas Enhances Services Between Sydney And Melbourne

Following the border reopenings, Qantas and its no-frills airline, Jetstar, have announced that they will operate 17 return daily flights between Sydney and Melbourne, together carrying 4500 passengers a day. Victoria was the epicentre of the coronavirus in Australia, and the state has been suffered a nearly four-months lockdown that…