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Interview: “Stronger Together” Commuter Airlines Announce Merger

Yet another set of U.S. airlines has merged, but unless you live on the island state of Hawaii you probably won’t notice a difference. On June 4, 2020, the merger between Mokulele Airlines and Makani Kai Air was announced via Southern Airways Express media platforms. Southern Air acquired Mokulele back in Feb. 2019 and decided to keep the Mokulele brand alive in the state of Hawaii. The operations of the two Hawaii-based airlines will begin to combine on June 15,…

As Major Airports Shudder, a Single-Runway Arizona Airpark Bustles

Amid a global crisis that has practically reduced global travel to a skeleton of what it once was, a small, single-runway airpark smack-dab in the middle of the Arizona desert is an unlikely portrait of productivity. Pinal Airpark, situated along the Interstate 10 corridor between Phoenix and Tucson, in Marana,…

Exclusive: An Interview with Air New Zealand’s CRO

The effects of the coronavirus crisis on air transport demand are well known by now. A sheer drop in demand, combined with a very high number of booking cancellations has brought airline traffic to an all-time low. As a result, countries quickly reacted to ensure the survival of such companies…

ASTA: The Challenges of Running a Subregional Airline in Midwest…

As the saying goes, the best way to become a millionaire is by having a billion dollars and opening an airline. Aviation is a high-risk industry, with high costs and narrow margins. The risk of losing money is amplified in the regional markets. The low capacity brings costs per seat…

How Aircraft Are Given a Second Life Through Upcycling

When aircraft reach retirement age, their years of service are often celebrated and aviation enthusiasts nostalgically remember the years they spent dutifully carrying out their respective missions.  After the celebrations end and the memories fade, what happens to the airplanes we remember so fondly?  Many end up in the boneyard or other…

Photos: What It’s Like Inside JetBlue’s New A320 Interior

On Wednesday, JetBlue unveiled a new cabin interior for its fleet of over 100 Airbus A320 aircraft. The cabin refresh marked the first time that the airline had updated the interior of the A320 aircraft, the airline's first aircraft type and backbone of the fleet, since the airline's inception in 2000.…

Photos: Touring Lufthansa’s Exclusive First Class Terminal in Frankfurt

As part of Lufthansa's #ExploreTheNew events in Frankfurt, a select group of four journalists were given a private tour of the most exclusive club in Europe, the Lufthansa First Class Terminal at Frankfurt Airport. Only available to those flying Lufthansa's 5-star rated first class product and members of HON Circle, Lufthansa's…

These Four Flights Ended Up Diverting Twice Due to Last…

Last week’s winter storm was felt all over the Northeast, with the New York area receiving over 16 inches of snow. It led to many unique visitors for airports such as Stewart International Airport receiving a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380. But the snow couldn’t melt away quicker as a meltdown…

A Queen’s Goodbye: Ferrying a Boeing 747 to Its Final…

Halfway over the Pacific, I'm sitting in seat 6A, which is not the normal seat for me. Usually I'm on the upper deck, front row, right seat, monitoring the systems and instruments of this Boeing 747-400, but today is no ordinary day. We started this trip in Taipei, noon on…

“Alexa, Is My Flight On Time?” United Collaborates with Amazon…

United Airlines has partnered with Amazon to become the first U.S. airline to offer an Alexa skill for customers to check-in for flights, check flight status, view in flight amenities and more. This new skill allows customers to check-in and learn about their flights without lifting a finger. Customers can…