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Avianca, SKY Merge, Creating Large South American Low-Cost Airline

Avianca — the Colombian airline which in May 2020 requested to file for bankruptcy in the U.S. for the second time in 20 years — announced today a new business move that will allow it to consolidate its operation in the domestic and international market. According to the Diario Financiero de Chile, SKY Airline CEO Holger Paulmann said yes to the merger with the Colombian carrier, with the aim of becoming the largest low-cost airline in Latin America. This comes…

Volaris Obtains Certification to Operate as Salvadoran Flag Carrier

On Tuesday, August 24, Low-cost airline Volaris received its Air Operation Certification and Operation Permit from the Salvadoran Civil Aviation Authority. The authorization allows the airline group to establish “Vuela El Salvador” (Volaris El Salvador), a new subsidiary in El Salvador with which it ensures its expansion plan in Central…

Greater Bay Airlines to Launch Operations from Hong Kong

Greater Bay Airlines, a new Hong Kong-based low-cost carrier, has confirmed plans to begin operations with international services from Hong Kong to Bangkok, Thailand; Phuket, Thailand and Singapore. The startup will begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2021 with three Boeing 737-800 passenger jets. Greater Bay Airlines first applied…

Global Crossing Airlines Becomes the Newest U.S. Air Carrier

After receiving its Aircraft Operating Certificate (AOC) administered by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday, Global Crossing Airlines, also known as GlobalX, is recognized as the country’s newest airline. However, they continue to patiently await the Department of Transportation’s approval. The certificate granted, authorizes the airline to operate…

Growing Pains and Delays: Onboard Avelo’s Phoenix-Burbank Flight

There is a reason that I opted out of Avelo’s media flight in late April, and my experience on the airline’s inaugural Phoenix/Mesa to Burbank flight highlighted that. Media flights are typically set up to go perfectly with an operational execution that does not match with reality. And sure enough,…

Itapemirim Recieves Green Light by Brazil’s Aviation Regulator

As the vaccination effort rolls out and local airlines start to forecast a steady recovery of the market by the second half of the year, as of last Friday Brazil officially welcomed its newest airline. Itapemirim Transportes Aéreos announced it received the COA - Certificado de Operador Aéreo, or Air Operator…

ExpressJet Plans Independent Renaissance

Much like Avelo Airlines and Breeze Airways, another name might take to the skies in 2021 as the United States commercial aviation industry continues to rebound from 2020. For this airline, the name will return to the skies, unlike the aforementioned brands. While still in the early stages, the return…

Flypop Signs A330-300 Deal With Aircraft Lessor

United Kingdoms startup airline flypop has recently signed a lease deal for multiple Airbus A330-300 aircraft with Avolon ahead of the planned launch of flights between the UK and India later this year, the airline has announced. Based in Ireland, Avolon is the world's third largest aircraft lessor. It provides…

Connect Airlines Plans To Reconnect Canada – United States

In the wake of the Air Canada-Air Transat merger termination, the business industry of Canada might just get an additional competitor to add to the mix. The Toronto-based firm, calling itself Connect Airlines, targets a late 2021 launch date and wants to lure in business travelers as they make their…

New U.S. Start-Up Avelo Airlines to Begin Service Offering $19…

New U.S. budget carrier Avelo Airlines has announced its launch date, including initial routes and its onboard services. The carrier will launch flights on April 28 out of its Burbank, Calif. base to 11 cities on the West Coast. Avelo’s business model is focused on connecting underserved markets that lack…