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A Qatar Airways A350-1000 at the gate at Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mateen Kontoravdis)

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 rapid expansion for both the airline and city it would be serving. Just the year prior, the airline launched some of its longest flights at the time with new routes…

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.…

Air China Begins Fifth Freedom Route Between Houston and Panama…

China and Panama City are now connected through Air China via Houston. Air China opened up its first fifth freedom route from the United States to Panama, an addition to its five-times-weekly flight from Beijing to Houston. Despite flying to Houston throughout the week, the flight to Panama will only…

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…