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Inside Look: How an Airliner is Returned to Service After Being in Storage

Aviation is an ever-evolving industry, more so now than ever. Airlines are changing schedules by the day and placing aircraft into storage as the sector has taken an unprecedented tumble due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The jarring slump in air travel demand has left aircraft around the world virtually empty and airlines struggling to keep staff employed. No passenger air carrier is immune from the coronavirus’s effects, even as recovery glimmers on a distant horizon. During this period, there simply…

U.S. Airline Furloughs: Where We Stand

When SARS-CoV-2, the novel Coronavirus strain that causes COVID-19, first reached the U.S., nobody really knew how the disease, which at the time had not yet been granted pandemic status by the World Health Organization, would impact life in this country. Yet as the disease spread throughout the country throughout…

Pratt & Whitney to Serve JetBlue Through 2033 with New…

On July 30, 2020, Pratt & Whitney, through its affiliate International Aero Engines (IAE), announced the signing of a 13-year service agreement for 230 IAE V2500 engines. The service agreement is part of Pratt & Whitney’s “EngineWise” offering, which provides engine operators with services to maximize engine performance and fleet…

American and JetBlue Ink New Agreement

JetBlue Airways and American Airlines announced a new partnership on Wednesday in a joint press release that aims to create more connectivity options for passengers. The association includes an alliance agreement that proposes codeshare benefits and loyalty programs that will improve the offers of each operator in New York and…

JetBlue Leaves Long Beach For LAX

JetBlue announced Thursday that it will end services to Long Beach Airport in California and transfer them to Los Angeles International (LAX), which will become a focus city for the airline. JetBlue’s last day serving Long Beach will be Oct. 6. “LAX is one of JetBlue’s most successful markets and…

JetBlue Will Not Furlough Pilots Until 2021, Delta Announces Furloughs…

JetBlue’s Air Line Pilots Association Master Executive Council (MEC), a union that represents JetBlue’s pilots, has voted to approve a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with JetBlue that prevents JetBlue pilots from involuntary furloughs until May 1, 2021, per an internal email obtained by AirlineGeeks. The protections will prevent furloughs under…

Opinion: Don’t Fault Airlines For Not Blocking the Middle Seat

Over the course of the past few months, airlines have taken a number of different measures to do their part to curb the spread of COVID-19. Most have mandated that passengers wear masks onboard. Some have scaled back their food and beverage services, as well as cut back their amenities…

Qatar Airways Continues to Commit to U.S. Through Flight Resumptions

Qatar Airways aims to continue its commitment to operating flights in the U.S. market, even during the current, unprecedented crisis. The national carrier of Qatar is currently the only Gulf carrier to maintain flights to the U.S. out of Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth. The airline will reaffirm its commitment to…

JetBlue Adds 30 New Routes, Expansion of ‘Mint’ Services

JetBlue announced on Thursday that it will add 30 new domestic routes throughout the summer and fall with a focus on leisure and Visiting-Friends-and-Relatives (VFR) routes, a press release said. The carrier says that these markets are showing some signs of strength. “With business travel facing a less certain recovery…

How JetBlue is Continuing its Commitment to ‘Safety from the…

As airlines around the world continue to ensure passengers feel safe aboard their aircraft amid this global pandemic, JetBlue has extended its commitment to distancing passengers, by blocking the middle seat in rows where passengers are not traveling together as one party, through the July 4 holiday.  The airline’s policy…