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A Virgin Atlantic A330 departs from Washington Dulles International Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Peter Weiland)

Airlines Slash Capacity, Ground Aircraft As Crisis Continues

The continued uncertainty and unprecedented disruption to the aviation industry due to the novel coronavirus pandemic will result in significant losses for airlines. Schedules are being constantly amended as governments seek to contain the spread of the virus by limiting passenger movement. In addition to the U.S. travel ban for residents of European countries in the Schengen zone, a growing number of countries have also instigated restrictions. India has suspended visas for visitors from all countries for at least a…

LATAM Lowers Elite Status Requirements

In an unexpected move, South American carrier LATAM announced it will be lowering its elite frequent flyer qualification requirements in order to retain high-value flyers that did not make it through the latest requirements hike in 2018. The news was first reported by Argentinean blog Sir Chandler. The new changes…

U.S. Senate Considers Bill to Improve Aircraft Certification

Members of the United States Senate have introduced a bill to reinforce aviation safety and oversight particularly with regards to certification, FlightGlobal reports. The bill comes amid the ongoing Boeing 737 MAX scandal, which has left many puzzled as to why the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) did not vet the…

Outrage in Brazil as Historic C-47/DC-3 is Shockingly Scrapped

The Brazilian aviation community was put in shock this Friday upon the news of the scrapping of a historic Douglas C-47/DC-3 in Rio de Janeiro. Emerged images of the destroyed aircraft, one of the most famous remaining DC-3s of the country, spread quickly on social media and generated a huge…

Porter Airlines Announces Seasonal Service to Myrtle Beach

Porter Airlines, the Canadian regional carrier based out of Toronto, has announced that it will begin seasonal service to Myrtle Beach, S.C. this March. Starting on March 4, 2020, Porter will begin flights between Toronto and Myrtle Beach. The flights originate from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which is located…

Skywest Orders 20 Embraer E175 Jets

Brazillian aircraft manufacturer Embraer announced that Skywest signed a firm order for 20 E175 jets in a 76-seat configuration. The order has a value of $972 million, based on 2019 list prices, and is already included in Embraer’s 2019 fourth-quarter backlog. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second half…

Flybondi Starts Flights to São Paulo

Flybondi, Argentina's first ultra-low-cost and currently third largest airline of the country, started operations connecting Buenos Aires to São Paulo/Guarulhos this Friday. This is the third destination of the airline in Brazil, following Rio de Janeiro (Galeão) and Florianópolis. The flight will be operated three times a week with the…

How Aircraft Are Given a Second Life Through Upcycling

When aircraft reach retirement age, their years of service are often celebrated and aviation enthusiasts nostalgically remember the years they spent dutifully carrying out their respective missions.  After the celebrations end and the memories fade, what happens to the airplanes we remember so fondly?  Many end up in the boneyard or other…

Boeing Completes First 777X Flight in Everett, Wash.

After years of design, testing, set-backs to overcome and a few last-minute weather delays, Saturday was the day aviation saw the Boeing 777X take to the skies for the first time. Marking a new era for what has been a turbulent period in Boeing's history. N779XW, a 777-9 variant, took…

Over the Boneyard: A Look Down at Roswell International Air…

Roswell International Air Center is a public-use airport that serves the city of Roswell, N.M. It was previously known as Roswell Army International Airfield during World War II, and Walker Air Force Base during the Cold War. The base was previously known for a large presence of US Air Force…