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Air Canada Boeing 767-300 arriving at LAX. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | James Dinsdale)

Air Canada Operates Final 767 Flight After 37 Years of Service

On June 2, Air Canada operated the final mainline flight of the Boeing 767-300ER. Flight AC439 departed Montreal-Trudeau Airport at 6:30 p.m. local time and arrived at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport at 7:27 p.m. local time. The final flight marked the end of a 37-year era for Air Canada's 767s. The retirement of the Boeing-produced widebody marks the first time since 1983 that the airline will not have a variant of the 767 active in their fleet.  The specific aircraft…

Hong Kong Airport Welcomes Transit Passengers Again

In response to the low infection rate of COVID-19 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Airport is loosening its travel restrictions and resumed airport transit services on June 1. The main travel restrictions, however, remain unchanged. Foreigners coming from overseas countries by plane are still banned from entering the city while…

South African Airways to Receive $1.2 Billion Government Bailout

The South African government has agreed to finance the restructuring of South African Airways (SAA) as indicated in a copy of a draft plan shown on Monday. The draft plan involves a government agreement to spend R21 billion ($1.2 billion) to restructure SAA. According to the draft plan, a working…

Eastern Airlines Assists in Repatriating Americans in South America

Eastern Air Lines, once a brand synonymous with luxurious air travel in the 1950s, fell on hard times in the 1990s and eventually closed its operations. An attempt to relaunch the the iconic brand in 2015 failed but a third attempt hopes to find a niche in flying in underserved…

Hungarian Low-Cost Carrier Wizz Air Opens Four New Bases, Adds…

Right in the middle of the pandemic, when his airline’s flying activity had been reduced to a few flights per week, some of which were pure cargo, Wizz Air CEO Jozsef Varadi was very bullish about the future of his company. “This crisis will present us with opportunities," Varadi said…

LATAM Chapter 11 Filing to Delay Brazilian Subsidiary’s Bailout

LATAM Airlines Group's recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing — precipitated by the need to restructure in the midst of the massive industry shock caused by COVID-19 — will likely affect the government bailout expected to go to its Brazilian branch, Reuters reported this Friday. According to the news agency, the bailout…

Icelandair’s Fate Uncertain as Its Home Country Opens Up

The government of Iceland has announced that it expects to start easing restrictions on international arrivals no later than June 15 with the condition that arriving passengers go into a two-week quarantine upon entry, undergo a coronavirus test or have a clean bill of health from their country of origin…

Travel Bubbles Hinder Return of International Travel

COVID-19 threw a huge wrench into things across the world with the travel industry being one of the hardest hit as the virus traveled country to country via passengers on board. Some countries have handled this pandemic relatively well, others have not. This has led to a problem, the countries…

TAP Air Portugal to Resume North American Flights

TAP Air Portugal is restarting flights to North America on June 4 following the completion of its three-phased re-opening. It will start with flights between Lisbon and Newark, and it has plans to launch additional services to Boston, Miami and Toronto from the Portuguese capital in July. Each planned service…

Post-COVID-19 Aviation Industry: The Middle Seat

Many civil aviation offices around the world are working on what will be the restart of airline operations and a new beginning in aviation. These efforts are intended to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission, including protection for crew, ground personnel and passengers before, during and after flights, and preventive…