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A Virgin America A320 and Alaska Airlines 737 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Craig Fischer)

An Ode to Virgin America: Flying the Old Virgin Brand on the New Alaska Airlines

Virgin America, the unlikely brainchild of eccentric British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, began operations in the United States in 2007. With its emphasis on passenger comfort and entertainment, It was a new, exciting endeavor that most Americans had never seen before. Until it started operations, the closest thing we had to Virgin was JetBlue Airways and the short-lived Song Airlines. The time was peculiar for a new airline to start operations because that part of the decade was ripe with…

Indian Government Blocks Merger of Jet Airways and JetLite

The Indian government has formally rejected the proposed merger of Jet Airways and JetLite, its regional low-cost subsidiary. The decision comes three years after the airline's board approved the merger. In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, Vice President of Global Compliance and Company Secretary Kuldeep Sharma said that…

Opinion: The Unaccompanied Minor Program Needs Reform

If you go the website of virtually any U.S.-based airline and try to buy a seat for anyone under the age of 15, you're met with a message that goes a little like this: "Tickets for travelers under the age of 15 cannot be booked online. To book a flight…

First International Carrier Touches Down in Omaha, Nebraska

 Omaha’s Eppley Airfield received its first international service on Tuesday. Air Canada began non-stop service from Toronto to Omaha operating on a Bombardier CRJ200. The new service will run once daily, with increased service this weekend for the Berkshire Hathaway Stockholders meeting. Flight 7410, operated by Air Georgian, departs Toronto at…

Airbus Wants to Increase A320 Production Rate; Its Suppliers, Not…

An Airbus spokesman confirmed on Wednesday that it intends to increase the monthly output of its the Airbus A320 series from the current 55 aircraft to 63 by 2019, which will significantly improve the capacity of the builder to take new orders in a timeline that is suitable for future…

The 31st IATA Ground Handling Conference Opens in Doha

On Monday, the 31st IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) officially began at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Doha, Qatar. The conference started with the playing of the Qatari national anthem. Among those in attendance was Qatar Airways Group's own CEO, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al-Baker, and other executives from the…

IATA Ground Handling Conference Welcomes Delegates to Doha

Sunday night marked the unofficial first day of the IATA’s Ground Handling Conference (IGHC), held annually in a different city every year. This year, the city of Doha, Qatar was chosen as the designated city for the conference, the first time the IGHC has been held in Qatar, as well…

New Report Shows Record Low Number of Mishandled Baggage in…

As previously reported, 2017 was a record year for the aviation industry with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimating the number of passengers traveling as 4.02 billion. But this week, it was announced by SITA that 2017 was also a record-setting year for the lowest number of mishandled bags.…

JetBlue Expands Mint Service from New York

On Sunday, JetBlue Airways inaugurated Mint service from New York’s JFK Airport to Seattle-Tacoma Airport. This route is the latest to receive Mint service, following a series of expansion of JetBlue’s newest premium offering from its original mandate of serving key transcontinental routes between New York and California. History of…

Vintage Flair on Display as JFK Prepares to Open First…

On Tuesday, the old TWA Flight Center at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport opened its doors briefly to a select group of journalists to get a look at the future site of the long-awaited TWA Hotel. The event, hosted by MCR Development, allowed journalists to see the remnants of…