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The MC-21 completed its maiden flight on Sunday, May 28, 2017 (Photo: Irkut Corporation)

Russia’s MC-21-300 Jet Quietly Completes Maiden Flight

The MC-21-300 commercial jet took off on its first flight from Irkut's manufacturing facility in Irkutsk, Russia on Sunday. This unannounced first flight is a milestone for the program as the manufacturer aims to compete with Boeing and Airbus for narrowbody aircraft development. The initial flight lasted approximately 30 minutes while maintaining an altitude of 3,280 feet (1,000 meters). The test frame reached a speed of 186 miles per hour (300 km per hour). Yury Slyusar, the President of Russia's…

A Decade Later: British Airways Restarts Service from Bristol and…

This weekend marks the first British Airways departures from Bristol and Birmingham airports after the airline left both airports ten years ago. These changes follow British Airways' attempts to move more of their regional flights out of the busy London City airport where they currently operate 20 services per week. …

Norwegian Furthers U.S. Network Development, Adds Service to Denver and…

On Wednesday evening, Norwegian announced it would launch flights from both Denver International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to London-Gatwick Airport, starting in September of 2017.  The addition of these two flights marks the eighth and ninth route from London-Gatwick for Norwegian. Flights will be operated by the airline’s Boeing…

Cathay Pacific Boosts Frequencies in Three Continents

Hong Kong-based carrier Cathay Pacific has announced an expansion of frequencies on existing routes across three different continents in their network. These flights will be operated by the carrier's new Airbus A350 aircraft that they just recently began receiving. Commenting on the route expansion was Cathay Pacific's Director of Corporate…

France Faces Air Traffic Control Woes Following Strike

This week could be a hectic for air travel in France, more specifically in the southern and western regions of the country. There is an air traffic control strike planned from March 6 to March 10, and it could affect over one-third of flights in the country. The French civil…

United Ramps Up Its Summer 2017 Route Portfolio

This summer, United is increasing and revamping its route network, offering customers more options and destinations as the busy travel season slowly arrives. The airline will begin service between San Francisco (SFO) and Munich (MUC), which will be a seasonal route, which will be a new will be a new route for…

easyJet to Reopen Ski Season Flights Between Bournemouth and Geneva

easyJet has announced that they will be reopening their Bournemouth to Geneva flights from Dec. 10. This will be the 12th season that EasyJet has operated these flights with up to 7 per week. Paul Kight, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport said,“The easyJet route to Geneva has proved extremely popular…

Blacklisted Iranian Carrier Increases Service to Europe, Despite Concerns

The blacklisted Iranian carrier has been making its way to the top of the United States’ watch list. Mahan Air, founded in 1992, is the largest private Iranian carrier based out of Tehran, Iran. The airline operates flights to over 60 destinations in Europe, Central Asia, the Far East, and…