OPINION: Why Alaska Should Keep the Virgin Brand

On April 4th, Alaska Airlines announced they had reached a deal to acquire west coast rival, Virgin America. The deal would see the new combined airline leapfrog jetBlue and become the fifth largest airline in America. The merged carrier would also have one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings as both…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Airborne Express

Founded in 1946, Airborne Express was a cargo airline established as the Airborne Flower Traffic Association of California with the intention of transporting flowers between the US Mainland and Hawaii.  Eventually the company would grow to be the third largest private delivery company in the US. For quite a while, the…

Jet2 Announces Sizable Recruitment Plan

UK based carrier Jet2 has announced a massive recruitment drive for the airline, planning to generate over 1,000 jobs across the United Kingdom. In the breakdown, the airline plans to hire 180 new pilots, 700 cabin crew, and more than 80 engineers. The company will advertise these vacancies through road…

Remembering a Legend: Joe Sutter

The mastermind behind the Boeing 747, Joe Sutter, passed away on August 30th, 2016. Mr. Sutter left us at the age of 95 due to pneumonia complications. In a statement released by Boeing, Raymond Conner, Boeing's CEO, points out that "Joe lived an amazing life and was an inspiration to…

First Scheduled Flight to Cuba in 50 Years Takes Off

August 31st, 2016 will go down as a historic day for relations increased between the United States and Cuba. For the first time in 50 years, scheduled flights between the United States and the Caribbean island took off. The honor for the first flights in 50 years went to jetBlue…

Alitalia Continues Chase for Air Malta Acquisition

Alitalia is continuing their chase for a 49% stake in Air Malta after local Maltese media have reported that the Italian carrier is to propose a four-year business plan to the government, outlining Alitalia's vision for Air Malta between 2016 and 2020. The plan, which is yet to be officially published,…

American and United Appoint New Presidents

There has been an interesting shakeup in the airline executive world this afternoon as American Airlines and United Airlines both name new company presidents. American's New President American announced Robert Isom as their new President who will report directly to the Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. The 52-year-old began his…

Qantas Group Reports Record Profits

The Qantas Group, parent company of Sydney-based Qantas Airways, reported record profits Wednesday of $1.42 billion AUD ($1.07 billion USD) for the financial year ending in June 2016. The owner of numerous other passenger and cargo carriers, including Jetstar Airways, Qantas Freight, and QantasLink, also announced pre-tax earnings of AU$820…

From the Ashes: Rebuilding Montserrat

1995 was a rough year for the islands of the Caribbean, as Hurricane Luis destroyed much of the northeast islands such as St. Maarten and the US Virigin Islands, damaging tourism and forever closing hotels like the Mullet Bay Hotel and La Belle Creole. However, nobody faced a more disasterous 1995 year…