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Air Arabia Inaugurates Direct Flights to Uganda, Posts Profitable 1H21

Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa's first and largest low-cost operator, successfully launched commercial operations to Entebbe, Uganda's capital from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, on Oct. 10. The five-hour, 20-minute flight landed at Entebbe International Airport on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. and was welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute and cake cutting with airport, airline and other executives. Flights will operate three times weekly using the Airbus A320 aircraft and will depart Sharjah on Wednesdays, Fridays and…

Mesa Airlines Plans European Startup

American regional airline Mesa Airlines has announced plans to launch a new subsidiary in Europe. The company plans to use Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft, which it already uses extensively in the U.S., for the new airline, meaning the carrier will likely resemble Mesa Airlines itself as it begins its life cycle.…

Brazilian Anti-Trust Body Approves LATAM-Delta Joint Venture

As the COVID-19 pandemic razes both the Brazilian health system and national demand for air travel, one airline had at least a reason to celebrate this week. The country's national anti-trust authority, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), has approved the intended joint venture between Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and local LATAM Airlines…

Delta Officially Picks Up 10 LATAM A350 Orders

Delta Air Lines confirmed it has officially absorbed an order for 10 Airbus A350 aircraft from LATAM Airlines Group. The group, which currently operates a fleet of 330 aircraft, has been forced to cut 95 percent of its flying as a result of the global COVID-19 crisis. Through the deal…

Delta, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic Launch New Partnership

What is being billed as the ‘World’s Leading Partnership’ was launched this week by Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Air France. The joint venture (JV) by the four airlines expands on existing JVs between the U.S. carrier and the U.K. and European carriers. Delta CEO Ed Bastian stated:…

Virgin Atlantic to Take On Opportunities Left By Jet Airways,…

Virgin Atlantic announced it will be restarting flights between London and Mumbai as of October 27. The new flight announcement follows the recent demise of Jet Airways' operations, which used to codeshare with Virgin Atlantic on the route, allowing passengers to access Virgin Atlantic's North American route network. “2019 marks…

Boeing-Embraer Deal: Brazil’s New President Doubts on the Specifics

Once neglected by the two major builders, the 100-150 seat segment became a key player in the last few years. After Airbus’ acquisition of Bombardier's CSeries program, it was a matter of time to see Boeing going after the other competitor: Embraer. Both companies have a long history of collaboration,…

United, Avianca and Copa Look for a New Three Way…

Avianca and Copa Airlines want to enter into a three-way deal with United Airlines, which would strengthen the U.S. to Latin America presence of the three Star Alliance members. At an event held for the presentation of financial results on August 8, the parent companies of Avianca (based at Bogota)…

Delta Expands Joint Venture with WestJet, Consolidates Trans-Atlantic JV Without…

Delta Air Lines has been making headlines in the last few days with news of expanded strategic partnerships both within North America and trans-Atlantic. The U.S. carrier has broadened its joint venture (JV) with Canada’s WestJet to create a cross-border alliance which will see Delta codeshare on 68 routes to…

Boeing-Embraer Partnership Formally Announced at Farnborough

At the Farnborough Airshow yesterday, Boeing's Media Chalet unleashed a sudden rush of information seemingly all at once. First, Qatar Airways announced it was ordering new simulators. Minutes later, Qatar Airways GCEO Akbar Al-Baker announced five new 777 Freighters for its cargo fleet. And then, once the room was cleared,…