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Southwest Adds Chicago O’Hare, Houston Intercontinental Service

Throughout its history, Southwest Airlines has favored smaller, less busy airports, that are often close to major city centers. This has worked well for the airline in cities like Chicago and Dallas, where the airline has had a virtual monopoly at Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby. The airline has famously fought to remain at smaller airports, including a 34-year fight to repeal the Wright Amendment restricting growth at Love Field. Now in 2020, when the unexpected has become the norm,…

Viva Aerobus Adds Mexico City to Los Angeles and Houston…

Mexican low-cost carrier Viva Aerobus started serving Geroge Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and Los Angeles International Airport from its Mexico City hub on July 16 and July 17, respectively. A new domestic route to Tampico from Mexico City was also launched by the airline on July 16 as well.…

Qatar Airways Celebrates 10 Years of Houston Service

This past March marked the 10th anniversary of Qatar Airways' Doha-Houston route. The Middle Eastern carrier first commenced service to the Energy Capital of the World in March 2009, only its third route to the U.S. at the time. Qatar Airways launched the route to Houston during a time of…

Regional Carrier ExpressJet Begins Embraer E175 Service

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express regional carrier, began commercial service with its newest fleet type, the Embraer E175, on Thursday. The first flight, UA4042, departed Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, coincidentally the airline's two main bases, at 8:10 a.m. and arrived on-time at 11:17 a.m.,…

Jamaica Sees Big Increase in Summer Flights

The Caribbean island of Jamaica is set to welcome more travellers this summer as 8.4 percent more air seats are bound for the destination, over 1.4 million in total. United States Jamaica’s primary source market — the United States — has been the source of the most growth with over…

Ethiopian Airlines Continues North American Route Expansion, Announces Flights to…

Ethiopian Airlines will grow its North American routes, adding two cities in the continent to its route map. Scheduled to start in June, New York and Houston will see the African carrier launch flights to Addis Ababa via West Africa using Ethiopian's Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. First on the list…

United Adds Boeing 737 MAX 9 Routes

United is planning additional operations for its 737 MAX 9, according to RoutesOnline. The routes will be for the upcoming summer season and will be operated from the airline's hubs in San Francisco and Houston. The new 737 MAX routes will be from San Francisco to New Orleans and Seattle,…

Photos: A First Look as United Kicks Off 737 MAX…

On Thursday, just minutes before 8:00 a.m., UA686 took to the skies from Houston (IAH) for Orlando, marking the first ever revenue Boeing 737 MAX 9 flight in North America. Just about two hours later, the airline’s third MAX 9, N27503, departed Houston for Austin signifying that the airline officially…

United Becomes First U.S. Operator of Boeing 737 MAX 9…

United Airlines announced yesterday that it has taken delivery of its first 737 MAX 9 aircraft from the Boeing Delivery Center in Seattle, Wash. The new aircraft reduces fuel use and CO2 emissions significantly compared to older generation aircraft. United has given the MAX a new livery, which AirlineGeeks first reported on…

As Times Change for the 747, KLM Still Holds the…

Since its first flight in 1988, the Boeing 747-400 has seen five different versions produced. One of the unique versions was the 747-400M, more affectionately known as the 'Combi.' The unique mixed-use aircraft flew its first flight on June 30, 1989, prior to entering service with KLM later that year.…