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Lufthansa's A380 preparing to depart for its original destination after diverting to Austin on Oct. 1, 2018 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mateen Kontoravdis)

Due to Weak Recovery, Lufthansa Further Reduces Fleet and Staff

The summer has passed and the prospects for the aviation industry's recovery are once again exhausted. The high season ends and, except for some signs of recovery in demand that was seen in July and August, the market again shows the impact of COVID-19 on European aviation. For that reason, Lufthansa decided it must advance the intense restructuring program that ReNew called and took strong steps to reduce costs and financial risk. In a statement, the company determined that the…

Air New Zealand Decides To Ground Entire 777 Fleet

Air New Zealand has officially announced it will ground its entire Boeing B777 fleet until as early as September 2021. The airline initially grounded seven of its B777-300ER aircraft, earlier in May until the end of 2020, while its eight B777-200s have been sent to longterm storage overseas to Roswell,…

More Mainline Commercial Aircraft are Now Flying Than Stored

Global air travel has begun its journey to recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic decimated almost every aspect of travel. Now, the focus of the industry is addressing the post-COVID-19 challenges to navigate the industry to recovery. As the light at the end of the tunnel begins to get clearer, the…

The Last Gaucho: Aerolíneas Argentinas Retires Airbus A340 Fleet

On the early morning hours on Monday, Aerolíneas Argentinas' last Airbus A340-300, registration LV-FPU of Aerolineas Argentinas, had completed its last commercial flight for the company, which means the decommissioning of the aircraft type from the carrier's active fleet. The gap will be initially covered by expanding the current Airbus…

India’s SpiceJet Cooperates with Middle East Airlines, Signs Codeshare Agreements

SpiceJet, an Indian low-cost carrier, has signed a codeshare and interline agreement with Emirates. According to the agreement, the passengers are allowed to book both airlines’ flights from November 25 for travel starting on December 15. Emirates currently provides 170 weekly services from Dubai to nine destinations in India, where…

American to Replace 757 Fleet with A321XLR

In an expected and anticipated move, American Airlines is betting strongly on its Airbus fleet: the carrier just announced that it is converting 30 A321neo orders and exercising 20 A321neo options to the single-aisle ultra-long-range variant: the A321XLR. With a fleet of 425 aircraft, which makes American the largest Airbus…

China Airlines Selects New Aircraft to Upgrade Regional Narrowbody Fleet

China Airlines has chosen the Airbus A321neo for its future regional narrowbody operations. The Taiwanese carrier will lease 14 A321neo aircraft that are scheduled to enter service in 2021. Furthermore, the airline will have the option to negotiate for an additional 11 firm and five option aircraft orders once the…

Delta Begins Testing Free Onboard Wi-Fi

Delta has decided to take the first step towards providing free internet connection onboard its aircraft by setting up an “initial, limited test” on 55 domestic routes every day, starting on May 13. In the never-ending quest to improve in-flight customer experience one of the hottest battlefields is represented by…

Icelandair Reportedly Considering All-Airbus Fleet

Icelandair has announced that it will be increasing its fleet size from 33 to 50 aircraft by 2025. The move will replace the carrier's aging Boeing 757 fleet with the newer Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9, of which Icelandair has 26 on order. However, in its first…

Icelandair CEO and CCO Talk Hub Strategy, Financial Position and…

Icelandair CEO Bogi Nils Bogason was confirmed into his position in December after replacing former president and CEO Björgólfur Jóhannsson in an interim appointment in August 2018. Since 2010 Bogi Nils had held the position of Chief Financial Officer of the Icelandair Group, a role he had also held from…