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ASTA's directors: Adalberto Bogsan, CEO, Fabiano Oliveira, CCO and José Neto, CFO. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

ASTA: The Challenges of Running a Subregional Airline in Midwest Brazil

As the saying goes, the best way to become a millionaire is by having a billion dollars and opening an airline. Aviation is a high-risk industry, with high costs and narrow margins. The risk of losing money is amplified in the regional markets. The low capacity brings costs per seat to very high numbers - especially in Brazil, a country with a devalued currency and very high fuel prices. Still, there are airlines in the country that find their space…

Airline Tycoon David Neeleman Talks Breeze Airways Start-Up

This Friday, the world finally met the U.S.'s newest airline: Breeze Airways. Known as Moxy during the developing phases of the project, the airline is headed by no less than David Neeleman, the world-famous airline entrepreneur, founder of Morris Air, WestJet, JetBlue and Azul. AirlineGeeks had the chance to catch…

Interview: SAS Operates First A350 Flight to Chicago

The introduction of a new aircraft type into an airline’s fleet is a momentous occasion. Years of planning prelude to the actual first flight of the aircraft in an airline's fleet. Back in November 2019 AirlineGeeks attended the delivery ceremony for SAS Scandinavian Airlines' first Airbus A350 in Toulouse, France.…

An Interview With Aerolíneas Argentinas’ New Vice President

After Alberto Fernandez took office, succeeding Mauricio Macri as Argentina's President, one of the big questions of the local commercial aviation market was who will take charge of the state-owned carrier, Aerolíneas Argentinas. Pablo Ceriani was appointed CEO of the Aerolineas holding, in a move that was perceived as a…

Conversation with the CEO: An In-Depth Look at Aegean Airlines

Greece welcomed 30.1 million tourists in 2017 and the number is expected to skyrocket by over 10 percent in 2018. With packed summer flights and light winter loads, the aviation sector has been very difficult to navigate for the various airlines that have attempted to succeed in this highly seasonal…

Interview: Talking with Volaris CEO Enrique Beltranena

Last year was an interesting year for Volaris, Mexico's largest low-cost airline, taking Aeromexico's domestic market crown after following through on a solid growth plan. A big part of that success comes directly as a consequence of Enrique Beltranena's leadership. Under Beltranena's command, Volaris has set the standard for Mexico's…

Interview: Viva Air Peru Pioneers as Airline Hits 20 Months…

Viva Air, Irelandia Aviation's South American venture, has been bringing the ultra-low-cost model and the operational capabilities from the successful Ryanair to transform the way people fly in a region historically driven by concentrated legacy carriers. The holding first launched operations in Colombia in 2012, where the airline was successful…

Interview: Norwegian Air Argentina CEO Ole Christian Melhus

Last week, during the inaugural flight of the new route between Buenos Aires and Bariloche, we got a chance to speak with Norwegian Air Argentina's CEO. Onboard LV-ISQ, NAA's third Boeing 737-800, we reviewed the first month and a half since the beginning of operations, and a quick review of…

Emerging Markets, Pilot Shortages, A380s and Tennis: Visiting Emirates’ US…

The US Open has returned to Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York and so has Emirates Airline, a 6-year sponsor of the matches. As one of the main sponsors of the multi-week event stretching from late August into September, the Emirates name can be seen throughout the Billie Jean…

Air Belgium Prepares For Take Off: Interview with CEO

Founded in 2016, Air Belgium has been working hard as it prepares to take flight for the first time this year. The airline will be the first new one in Belgium since 2006 when SN Brussels Airlines merged with Virgin Express creating Brussels Airlines, the flag carrier of the country.…