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SAS brand new Airbus A350XWB awaiting it's first scheduled departure from Chicago O'Hare (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ben Suskind)

Maskless Travel Is Returning on SAS. When Could the U.S. Follow?

Scandinavian Airlines, known most commonly worldwide as SAS, made headlines this weekend as it announced that passengers traveling within Denmark, Sweden and Norway would no longer be required to wear a face mask onboard its aircraft. The move was followed by other local carriers Norwegian, Flyr, and Widerøe, the latter two of which have route networks that are much more heavily concentrated within the Nordic countries. Masks are still required on all of the carriers' flights to destinations outside those…

Rollin’ to Your Runway Gets Faster and Greener

Does this airline experience sound familiar? Pushing back from the gate on time, you excitedly text family or friends that your flight will soon depart as scheduled. And then it happens. Long minutes pass as your jet sits idle on the ramp until receiving taxi clearance, or stuck awaiting takeoff…

Mask Mandate Extended Through Early 2022

On Tuesday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended the face mask mandate to Jan. 18, 2022, for passengers and crew onboard commercial aircraft or at U.S. airports. It is also extended to individuals on any form of public transportation like train and bus. The mandate aims to limit the spread…

Unruly Passenger Reports on U.S. Airlines Surpass 3,000

Its been 15 months since the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the airline industry, but the United States' domestic travel boom is helping carriers ramp up operations and begin their post-pandemic recovery. However, the surge came with an unexpected challenge - a shocking number of unruly passengers. Reports of disruptive behavior on…

Boeing’s 787 Deliveries Halted Pending FAA Approval

American-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing has halted deliveries of its 787 Dreamliners, causing probable delays for airline customers following a recent five-month suspension in handing over the aircraft due to production problems. The halt in deliveries comes as Boeing is still awaiting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for the manufacturer's proposed…

Laser Strikes Against Aircraft Increased in 2020

Amid the COVID-19 global health pandemic, air traffic worldwide saw a historic drop. Airlines parked thousands of their jets and furloughed employees. But the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says that, even as the number of aircraft in the sky plummeted, laser strikes against aircraft in the U.S. increased in 2020…

The Slow-But-Steady Recovery of Boeing 737 MAX Operations

Boeing's 737 MAX ungrounding was undoubtedly the best news the company received in 2020. Checkered by its safety issues, the 787 Dreamliner quality controls, the extended 777X delay and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic taking a historical toll on aircraft demand, 737 MAX's recertification allowed Boeing to resume deliveries…

NTSB Provides Update on United Airlines 328

The NTSB has released an update on its investigation into the catastrophic engine failure on United Airlines flight 328. The incident received widespread media attention when the engine cowling from the Boeing 777 landed in the front yard of a house in a Denver suburb. None of the passengers or…

Safety Regulators Take Action After United Airlines Engine Failure

The airline industry has acted quickly after a United Airlines 777-200 experienced an uncontained engine failure on Saturday, scattering debris across a Broomfield, Colorado neighborhood. Two Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines powered the incident aircraft, and Boeing and multiple countries have since grounded 777 jets that feature the engine model.…

Cayman Airways Set to Resume 737 MAX Flights

On Tuesday, Cayman Airways announced the un-grounding of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI) rescinded the airspace restriction for the jet. The CAACI joins the United States, Canada, the European Union, Brazil and the United Kingdom in re-certifying the plane.…