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Overview of the 2019 Paris Air Show. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Proposed Vietnamese Airline Scrapped Months Before Launch

Vinpearl Air, a proposed Vietnamese airline set to launch in summer 2020, is being scrapped. Its would-be owner, Vingroup JSC, plans instead to focus on technology and manufacturing businesses, including developing electric vehicles (EVs). Plans for Vinpearl Air were announced last year. In Aug. 2019, Vingroup said the carrier had been approved to launch operations; it planned to start flying during this year’s summer season. “The aviation market of Vietnam has a lot of potential and is developing strongly, but…

Argentina: Domestic Market Grows While International Traffic Plunges

The Argentinian Aviation Authority has released its statistics for the month of October, which show a steady growth on domestic traffic, but a steep descent in international passenger demand. October is a key month for Argentinian aviation as Norwegian Air Argentina recently began service amongst a field of various low-cost…

Iceland Aviation Market Faces Consolidation as WOW Air Becomes Part…

One of the fastest-growing markets that the commercial aviation industry has seen flourish in recent years is Iceland. Now, a traditional carrier made a move on its newest competitor, WOW Air and has presented a share purchase agreement to control the budget-long haul operator. As consideration for the shares, the…

Flybe Stock Drops 40 Percent as More European Airlines Cease…

European regional airline Flybe took a beating recently over a revised revenue forecast worth 40 percent of the company’s value in trading on Wednesday. The airline expects a drop in revenues over the next six months due to falling consumer demand. This worsens the airline’s expected losses for the year…

Indigo Partners’ JetSmart Commences Operations in Argentina

In an important week for the Argentinian aviation market, the newest actors have finally come to play in the newly deregulated market. While Norwegian Air Argentina started its domestic sales and set its operation launch to Oct. 16, Indigo Partners' southern venture JetSmart has started offering international routes between Chile…

The Slow and Painful Decay of LATAM Argentina

There are winners and losers in the fast-growing, quick-changing Latin American aviation market. After a few years of uncertainty, LATAM Holdings is ready to take the next step and start the European route expansion it has been chasing for a long while. But the expansion and consolidation efforts are sending…

Turboprop Experience: Onboard Avianca Argentina’s ATR 72-600

On Wednesday, Avianca Argentina operated the inaugural flight between Buenos Aires and Santa Fe route. I was kindly invited by the company to take a ride and report on it. The all-day journey started really early, just like when I took the Federal Flight in which Aerolineas Argentinas presented its…

China Expects to Develop and Market the World’s Largest Amphibious…

China expects to develop and market the world’s largest amphibious aircraft by 2022. The aircraft known as the AG600 is part of a two-pronged approach by the government to advance its aviation strategy. The AG600 is approximately the size of a Boeing 737 seating 50 people and is designed to…

Glasgow Airport Makes Initial Step in Establishing First Nonstop Route…

Glasgow Airport and the Shanghai Airport Authority have formed an alliance in an effort to expand tourism between the two cities, which could see the introduction of nonstop flights for the first time. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Thursday after months of negotiation. A number of long-haul routes operate…

Italy’s Meridiana Relaunches as Air Italy

The Italian aviation market continues to provide headlines as it was announced on Monday that Sardinian-based carrier Meridiana would be rebranded as Air Italy with fleet expansion plans and a base at Milan Malpensa. The announcement confirms months of speculation that a shake-up of the operation was imminent after Qatar…