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The four largest airline participating in Essential Air Service contracts, TOP: Southern Airways Express C208, Cape Air C402 ; BOTTOM. Boutique PC12 , SkyWest CRJ200 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Essential Air Service: What It Is and Why It's Needed

Every year, people around the country pay their taxes and begin to complain about which government programs are necessary and which are not. And every year the same question comes up: why does the government shell out millions of dollars in federal aid to airlines in order to fly — in some cases empty aircraft — to cities nobody has ever heard of? Because it’s essential. History of EAS Essential Air Service has played an interesting role in this country…

Opinion: The U.S. Should Reconsider How it Handles Unruly Passenger…

As a country, the U.S. needs to seriously re-evaluate how it deals with the rise in unruly passenger cases onboard flights nationwide. An astonishing 5,981 cases of unruly behavior onboard commercial aircraft were reported to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2021. Despite this high number, 350 enforcement actions were…

SkyWest Requests More Route Terminations

United — through its regional carrier United Express — ended service to 11 small cities around the country, not more than two weeks ago. Unfortunately, in the next 90-days, they will be adding two more destinations to that list both of which are located in northern New York State. St.…

Photos: First Delta A321neo Out of Paint Shop in Hamburg

Delta's first A321neo made its debut on Friday after exiting Airbus' manufacturing facility in Hamburg, Germany. The Atlanta-based airline has 155 total A321neo aircraft on order after recently adding 30 more to its book in August 2021. The new aircraft's rollout for the U.S. airline was captured by local planespotters.…

UK Startup Airlines Hans Airways Signs LOI For Its First…

Hans Airways, a UK-based airline startup, has sent out a letter of intent (LOI) for its first aircraft, bringing it one step closer to its first commercial flight. The airline stated today that it has signed a deal for an Airbus A330-200 and has applied for its Air Operators Certificate…

Peruvian Airports To Receive Updates In Years Ahead

The Peruvian aviation industry ended 2021 and started 2022 with some key news regarding airport infrastructure: the Peruvian government has already started the procedures and other measures for the airport expansion at Cajamarca, Iquitos and Pucallpa. As the Peruvian government continues to advance the lands expropriation plan that will be…

Omicron Hits Aeromexico, Cancels More Than 260 Flights in Four…

Aeromexico canceled more than 260 flights from Jan. 6-10 due to a highly contagious outbreak of Covid-19 that has spread amongst its pilots and flight attendants. According to the Mexican government's Consumer Protection Office (PROFECO) who provided the statistic, a high number of crew members on the sick list has…

Austin Welcomes New Airlines, Prepares for Record-Breaking Capacity

Austin landed another high-profile route this week when Virgin Atlantic announced its plans to connect the Texas capital with London Heathrow. The new year-round service will commence on May 25 and operate four times weekly. This marks the first new U.S. route for Virgin Atlantic since 2015. The airline currently…

A Deep Dive Into the Aviastar Tu-204 Fire in Hangzhou

On Jan. 8, an Aviastar Airline’s Tupolev Tu-204 freighter caught on fire on the ground of Huangzhou, China’s Xiaoshan Airport. Thanks to the swift action by the airport firefighting crews, no one was hurt or killed during the accident. The plane was burnt into three pieces, and the cause of…

Icelandair Adds New Destinations to Network for Summer 2022

Icelandair is adding three more European destinations to its schedule this summer with the addition of Rome; Alicante, Spain and Nice, France to the network. “As we enter the New Year, we are seeing the signs of recovery for the travel industry," Bogi Nils Bogason, Icelandair's president and chief executive…