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IATA Estimates Airlines Set to Lose $84 Billion in 2020

Airlines will lose $84 billion in 2020, the biggest loss of cash ever according to the forecast of International Air Transport Association (IATA) which was announced on Tuesday. The losses are expected to total approximately $16 billion in 2021 as the aviation industry recovers from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.  IATA says that airlines lost $31 billion in 2008 and 2009 when the oil prices peaked at $147, showing the depth of the current aviation crisis. The aviation association…

Southwest Releases Its Published Flight Schedule With New Nonstop Flights

Amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic and its massive economic impact on the airline industry, Southwest Airlines, looking for a big change and transformation for future travel, announced in a press release an enlarged flight schedule running from Oct.31 through Jan. 4, 2021. The airline intends to lure more leisure and…

Boeing Cuts 12,000 U.S. Jobs Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Boeing announced Wednesday that it is cutting at least 12,000 U.S. jobs, including 6,770 workers who must take involuntary layoffs. The planemaker would not rule out the potential for more layoffs in the coming months, saying it has plans for “several thousand remaining layoffs.” It did say, however, that this…

A New Inspiration of Japan: An Inside Look at ANA’s…

Less than two weeks after it was announced, New York became the second city to receive All Nippon Airways’ newest premium products on Friday with the Japanese airline debuting “THE Room” and “THE Suite” on the Tokyo-New York route in business class and first class, respectively. Fitted exclusively on the…

United’s Free Sandwiches and What Could Come of Them

Last week, a user on Twitter who was flying from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport aboard United Airlines posted a picture of a sandwich given to him on his flight. The picture didn't get much attention, save for that of a few who…

Trip Report: Flying on LEVEL’s Airbus A330-200 in Economy and…

With low-cost transatlantic carriers digging into the bottom lines of major airlines, the response by many has been to reduce services and increase revenue through ancillary fees. However, the International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of airlines such as British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus, had decided to take…

Photo Tour: Onboard Iberia’s New Airbus A350-900XWB

Spanish flag carrier Iberia recently began a fleet renewal that includes the Airbus A350-900XWB as its centerpiece. The Madrid-based airline first took delivery of the ultra-modern aircraft in June before deploying it on short-haul routes in Europe, notably Madrid-London, for crew training purposes. Its first long-haul flight took place on…

Trip Report: Flying in Economy and Premium on Primera Air’s…

After nearly a decade of intra-European operations, Primera Air decided to enter the low-cost transatlantic realm just last year, dominated at the time by Norwegian Air Shuttle, WOW air and LEVEL. Although each had the same no-frills concept and a business model driven by ancillary fees, the three proved very…

Trip Report: Virgin Atlantic’s Former Air Berlin A330 Economy Class

Since their acquisition earlier this year, Virgin Atlantic's Airbus A330-200s have received a lot of negative feedback, most reviews complaining particularly about the leg space and seat comfort. Fortunately for me, at the end of August, I had the opportunity to be able to fly on one of these airplanes…

Lufthansa Group Announces Light Fare

Starting this summer, all Lufthansa Group passengers will have the option to book Economy “Light” fares on routes to and from North America on flights operated by Lufthansa, SWISS, Brussels Airlines, and Austrian Airlines. The cheaper fare is aimed at passengers traveling with only carry-on luggage as well as those…