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A Hainan Airlines A330 in Manchester (Photo: James Field)

Branching Out: The Growth of Chinese Airlines

At 6:02 p.m. New Zealand Standard Time on Tuesday, Airbus A330-200 B-8962 touched down at Auckland Airport. The aircraft was operating Sichuan Airlines flight 8909 from Chengdu, China. The inaugural flight not only represented a new route, but was also emblematic of a larger expansion, one that continues to reach all corners of the globe with its hub sitting in China. In recent years, airlines based in mainland China, both big and small, have been further growing their route networks.…

American Reverses Course on 737 MAX 8 Seat Pitch Dilemma

In early May, Fort Worth-based American Airlines outlined plans to configure their soon-to-be-delivered 737 MAX 8 aircraft with 29-inch seat pitch in the main cabin. After reviewing customer feedback, the carrier is reversing this plan, adding at least 30-inches of pitch on the latest generation 737 aircraft. American has 100…

Norwegian Announces Double-Digit Growth for May

Norwegian Air Shuttle transported more than 2.9 million passengers across their route network in May, a year-over-year increase of 11 percent, also a small slowing of growth in comparison to April’s 15 percent growth. This factor was achieved through a load factor of 86.5 percent, virtually identical to April’s 86.6…

United Announces Los Angeles to Singapore Flight with Boeing 787-9…

United Airlines announced Thursday they would launch nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Singapore starting on Oct. 27. The announcement comes on the one-year anniversary of the beginning of United flights between San Francisco and Singapore. The flight, which covers just over 8,700 miles, is approximately 3o0 miles longer than the…

Russia’s MC-21-300 Jet Quietly Completes Maiden Flight

The MC-21-300 commercial jet took off on its first flight from Irkut's manufacturing facility in Irkutsk, Russia on Sunday. This unannounced first flight is a milestone for the program as the manufacturer aims to compete with Boeing and Airbus for narrowbody aircraft development. The initial flight lasted approximately 30 minutes…

SWISS Takes Delivery of Highly Anticipated Bombardier CS300 Aircraft

On Friday, Bombardier announced that Swiss International Airlines took delivery of their first CS300 aircraft at Bombardier's C Series manufacturing facility in Mirabel, Canada. SWISS has planned the CS300's first commercial maiden flight on June 1, 2017, operating from Geneva to Heathrow. The airline intends to take delivery of 30 total…

Computer Outage Cancels All British Airways London Flights

A significant issue with British Airways' internal computer system led to the cancelation of all flights out of the airline's London Heathrow and Gatwick hubs Saturday. The airline has not yet announced the cause of the "major IT system failure" but said there is no evidence of a cyberattack. The…

Amazon’s Prime Air Faces Growing Pains Over Recent Pilot Strikes

In August 2016, a newly painted Boeing 767-300F emerged from a paint hanger in New York with a never before seen livery. The light blue, white, and dark gray aircraft flew through the night across the country to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It laid in wait until the Seafair Air Show…

Cathay Pacific Announces Layoffs in Hong Kong Following First Financial…

Hong Kong’s largest airline, Cathay Pacific, has announced the elimination of 600 jobs at the company in an effort to battle strong competition in the region and its first financial loss in eight years. While 600 people may be only a fraction of the 33,000 employees at the airline, the…

A Decade Later: British Airways Restarts Service from Bristol and…

This weekend marks the first British Airways departures from Bristol and Birmingham airports after the airline left both airports ten years ago. These changes follow British Airways' attempts to move more of their regional flights out of the busy London City airport where they currently operate 20 services per week. …