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The four largest airline participating in Essential Air Service contracts, TOP: Southern Airways Express C208, Cape Air C402 ; BOTTOM. Boutique PC12 , SkyWest CRJ200 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Essential Air Service: What It Is and Why It's Needed

Every year, people around the country pay their taxes and begin to complain about which government programs are necessary and which are not. And every year the same question comes up: why does the government shell out millions of dollars in federal aid to airlines in order to fly — in some cases empty aircraft — to cities nobody has ever heard of? Because it’s essential. History of EAS Essential Air Service has played an interesting role in this country…

Delta Goes Big with A220 Launch

The airline responsible for the Airbus A220 being called the A220 instead of the Bombardier C Series has finally begun revenue service with the aircraft.  Delta Air Lines marked a new chapter in its 90-year history last week when it inaugurated a new aircraft type into its fleet, the Airbus…

JetBlue Completes Renovation of LaGuardia Airport’s Historic Marine Air Terminal

While Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport undergoes its $4 billion facelift, a smaller terminal on the opposite side of the airport is getting a renovation of its own. When construction began on Terminal B, many airlines relocated to neighboring terminals with. JetBlue Airways moving to Terminal A, LaGuardia’s historic Marine…

JetBlue Expands Service to Nantucket from New York Metro Area

JetBlue Airways announced a major route expansion from New York, though not at its main hub at JFK Airport. The New York-based airline will be expanding service to Nantucket Island off the coast of Cape Cod from New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Westchester County Airport. Both routes will be operated…

AAviationDay 2018: A Global Recap

In what is widely regarding as the preeminent aviation event of the year, AirlineGeeks and American Airlines held the third annual AAviationDay on Friday to promote the beauty of aviation to adoring enthusiasts around the world. The yearly event is planned around National Aviation Day, a national observation day started…

How Virgin America Disappeared From LaGuardia Overnight

The Virgin America and Alaska Airlines acquisition is well underway, and it is beginning to resonate around the combined airline's system. Perhaps one of the most noticeable changes occurred Saturday night at New York's LaGuardia airport where crews could be seen converting Virgin America branding into Alaska signage. [caption id="attachment_15202" align="aligncenter"…

Network Impact: Alaska Airlines Acquires Virgin America

As news broke last week of Alaska Airlines' acquisition of Virgin America, all other domestic airlines in the region would have been hastily analyzing its impact on their market share. The deal, valued at $57 a share in cash, has resulted in a $4 billion transaction including debt. Let's take a…

Cables Cut at LGA Causing 119 Delta Flight Cancellations

"Crazy morning" is an understatement for what travelers experienced trying to depart LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal C early July 24, 2015. The madness began at approximately 4:30 a.m. when an on-site contractor mistakenly cut feeder cables that were serving Delta’s Terminal C.  The Port Authority contractor was at LaGuardia due to…

Delta MD-88 Slides Off the Runway at LGA

A Delta aircraft slid off runway 13 late Thursday morning at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Delta flight 1086, an MD-88 from Atlanta registered as N909DL, touched down at LaGuardia at 11 a.m. The weather at LaGuardia was not particularly favorable with snow, freezing fog, and approximately a quarter-mile of visibility.…