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COVID-19 Bailout Last Straw for South African Airways as Government Suspends Funding

While other airlines around the globe are receiving cash infusions to keep themselves afloat, the government of South Africa has decided to take the opposite approach. The government has opted to deny future funding for the flag carrier in a push to get the airline to move towards profitability. South Africa instead wants the airline to look at alternative and available resources with ways to stay afloat. The airline has had a rough track record and the recent events have…

Alitalia Recovery Further Delayed with No Buyers in Sight

The solution to the never-ending saga of ailing Italian flag carrier Alitalia has been further delayed. The three commissioners now at the helm of the virtually bankrupt airline have officially communicated that the new turnaround plan, due on March 31, is going to be presented on April 30. According to…

Aerolineas Argentinas Sets Tight Due Date for Fleet Replacement

In a changing and challenging commercial aviation market such as the Argentinian one, there are two long-awaited decisions that suffered significant delays in the last months. Those are Aerolíneas Argentinas' fleet replacement selections, both in the 100-seat and the long-haul segments. On one hand, the 96-seater Embraer 190AR is to…

Aerolineas Argentinas Seeks to Overhaul Loyalty Program

Last week, two announcements were made in Argentina's Official Gazette by Aerolíneas Argentinas, as required by law. The Argentine flag carrier issued a technical document that listed the problems and challenges with its loyalty program, Arplus, identified as a challenge that could not be solved by any local consulting firm. The second…

Palestinian Airlines: The Homeless Flag Carrier

The term "flag carrier" is often bestowed upon an airline with a strong connection to its homeland. Airlines such as Japan Airlines, Aeromexico and Lufthansa have become staples of their respective countries of Japan, Mexico and Germany and have been given the honor of being flag carriers. However, the State…

Austrian Airlines Updates Livery as Part of Rebranding

Austrian Airlines has updated its livery and recently unveiled an image of the new paint to the public. The new livery is part of a larger rebranding effort which includes new customer touchpoints and airport signage, but the most visible change will be the livery on the exterior of the…

Aeromexico Receives First Boeing 737 MAX 8

Aeromexico joined the ever-growing fraternity of airlines around the world that have received their first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The long-awaited delivery comes six years after the airline placed the order for the MAX in 2012 when the concept for this type of aircraft was a revolutionary idea. Wednesday’s delivery…