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Taking Off During a Pandemic: Nolinor President Discusses New Airline

North America currently has the highest death toll of airlines lost to the pandemic. U.S. regional carriers Compass Airlines and Trans States Airlines have both shut down as a result of weakened demand caused by COVID-19. On the other hand, the continent is also home to the world’s newest airline brand and the first to debut during the pandemic. Nolinor Aviation, a Canadian airline specializing in charter operations, recently unveiled a new brand within its company called OWG. Unlike Nolinor,…

Etihad Airways Completes Humanitarian Flight to Cuba

There is a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to the current global pandemic’s effects on the airline industry. Even though airlines across the world have been required to cut capacity and then attempt to rebound to make up the losses, Etihad Airways is one of the…

Cayo Largo del Sur Airport Closes For At Least a…

The airport in Cayo Largo, a resort island in Cuba, closed unexpectedly on Tuesday, stranding passengers with no way out. The closure was initiated after the airport’s runway was damaged. At the time of writing, it is unclear how the damage occurred, but the airport will be closed until at…

An Old Airplane is Not an Unsafe One

The recent crash of a leased-Cubana Boeing 737 has caused the media to focus on the age of the aircraft. The Mexican registered airplane crashed on takeoff from Havana on a domestic flight to Holguin. The aircraft involved in the accident was a thirty-nine-year-old Boeing 737-200 that was manufactured in…

Updated: Cubana Flight Crashes Shortly After Takeoff from Havana

At 1 p.m. local time, a Boeing 737-200 crashed shortly after taking off from Jose Marti International Airport, the main international airport serving Havana, Cuba. Despite mixed information and unconfirmed accounts of the aircraft involved in the incident, AirlineGeeks can accurately state that the Boeing 737-200 aircraft was operated by…

Cubana de Aviación Grounds Antonov 158 Fleet

Cubana de Aviacion, Cuba's flag carrier, received an order from the Cuban National Aviation Authority to ground its An-158 fleet due to recurring technical issues that impact flight safety. The airline operates up to six of the Ukranian aircraft, but the repetition of maintenance issues and unavailability of spare parts…

The Next Chapter for Flights Between the U.S. and Cuba

Back in 2017, AirlineGeeks tackled the topic of U.S. airlines flying to Cuba. It was just after American Airlines had announced a capacity reduction for flights to the Caribbean island nation, and many were unsure as to just how much demand there would be for travel to and from Cuba.…

Fourth U.S. Airline Pulls Out of Cuban Market

Alaska Airlines announced that it will end its daily flights between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba, with its last flight to the Cuban capital planned for Jan. 22, 2018. Alaska was the first carrier to connect the West Coast and Havana with commercial service beginning on Jan. 5, 2017. Andrew…

Opinion: Cuba Remains a Resiliant Aviation Market

Before U.S. airlines were first allowed to fly to Cuba last year, very little was known about what the market might entail. Last December, I wrote about the saturation of the market with tens of thousands of weekly seats and whether that would prove sustainable for airlines. Then in April,…

Southwest Drops Two of Three Cuba Routes

From September 4, 2017, Southwest Airlines will end service to two of the three cities the airline flies to in Cuba. The airline currently serves Varadero and Santa Clara once daily from Ft. Lauderdale and Havana three times daily, twice from Ft. Lauderdale and once from Tampa. Southwest initially began…