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A Qatar Airways-painted Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on a test flight. This aircraft regularly operates Qatar's flight from Doha to Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo: AirlineGeeks

The Complex Variables of Efficient Flight Planning

While it may not be top of mind to industry outsiders, flight planning in aviation is virtually an art of its own. It's where it all starts, sometimes even hours before the flight itself. While the subject may seem 'under the radar', it is without a doubt one of the most important steps of the flying process. The flight planning process involves multiple factors, the most important of which arguably is fuel consumption. In the first nine months of 2019…

British Airways Looks Toward Centenary, Announces Sustainable Fuels Challenge

With plans to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, British Airways has begun planning events focused on the future of flying, with particular emphasis on sustainable fuels. In collaboration with Cranfield University, British Airways has created a challenge, which has been dubbed as "BA 2119: Future of Fuels", with plans…

Emirates Reports Sudden Drop in Profits Due to Rising Fuel…

Dubai-based Emirates announced that its half-year profits suffered an 86 percent drop on Thursday. The news comes after the carrier, one of the largest in the Middle East, was hit by sudden hikes in oil prices. With fuel costs making up a third of the airline’s expenses and rising by…

Flybe Stock Drops 40 Percent as More European Airlines Cease…

European regional airline Flybe took a beating recently over a revised revenue forecast worth 40 percent of the company’s value in trading on Wednesday. The airline expects a drop in revenues over the next six months due to falling consumer demand. This worsens the airline’s expected losses for the year…

ICAO Redefines Fossil Fuels in Attempt to Reduce Global Aviation…

Much to the dismay of environmentalists, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an agency of the United Nations, came to an agreement to declare fossil fuels as “green alternative fuels” to help reduce carbon emissions by the global aviation industry. The agreement is a real head-scratcher for most, requiring a…

Rising Fuel Costs Crashes the Profitability Party

The aviation industry is known for having high costs. Multi-million dollar machines fly across the world carrying passengers seeking a bargain. It’s hard to run a consistently profitable airline when so many factors impact profitability; competitors could be waging a fare war, geopolitical events can be killing demand, or the…

Widerøe Takes Delivery of First Embraer E190-E2

In a ceremony held on Wednesday at Embraer's facility in São José dos Campos in Brazil, Norwegian airline Widerøe accepted the first produced Embraer E190-E2 aircraft, the newest family that the Brazilian aircraft builder is developing. The aircraft type is part of a reimagined version of its current E-Jet fleet,…

United Airlines Announces Start Date for Boeing 737 MAX 9

Just three days after the aircraft was cleared for commercial operations by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), United Airlines announced its initial routes for the carrier's newest single-aisle addition, the Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. The announcement comes after an exciting month for Boeing, first with the unveiling of the…

Airfares May Increase Over Recent Oil Price Uptick

In past years, the cost of oil was significantly low and that was a key factor in several decisions the commercial aviation industry has taken. That relative stability is now gone, and the increasing price of fuel is pushing for airlines to review their acquisition strategy and to update fares.…

Boeing Unveils First 737 MAX 7 Aircraft at Renton Facility

Aircraft spotters and Boeing employees were out in force on Monday as the aircraft manufacturing giant unveiled the newest member of its Boeing 737 MAX family: the MAX 7. For the occasion, Boeing held a ceremony at its factory in Renton, Wash. where they showed off the plane to its…