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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 latest tracking data from Cirium collected by Flightglobal shows a positive uptick in the global aviation recovery. 11,500 passenger aircraft (Airbus and Boeing) were recorded in active service by mid-June,…

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…

Azul Looking at Fleet Expansion in 2019

Brazilian carrier Azul has announced plans to renew its fleet with new orders of Embraer 195-E2 and Airbus A320neo aircraft in 2019. Azul’s fleet plan for 2019 sees the carrier acquiring 21 new aircraft this year, 12 of which are from the A320neo family, six of which are E195-E2s and…

Southwest Debuts New Line of Shark Week Liveries

Southwest Airlines, in partnership with the Discovery Channel, launched a Shark Week Fleet with five aircraft. These aircraft celebrate the 30th anniversary of Shark Week, a popular show televised on the Discovery Channel. Each aircraft displays a unique shark to be shown in a Shark Week episode. These aircraft will…