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A JetSMART Argentina A320 taxiing in Mendoza. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Indigo Partners’ JetSMART Starts Operations in Brazil

On Friday, Chilean ultra-low-cost carrier JetSMART operated its first flight in Brazil, connecting Santiago to the Northeastern capital of Salvador. This is the first of four weekly operations, which from the end of the summer season, will become two. This is the first of three new routes to South America's largest country -- the airline will also connect the Chilean capital to Foz do Iguaçu and São Paulo (Guarulhos), starting from January 3 and March 20, respectively. "Brazil is one…

Emirates Announces High-Level Leadership Changes

Emirates president, Sir Tim Clark, announced he will be stepping down from the Dubai-based carrier in June 2020. The executive will remain as an external advisor for the airline. Clark has served Emirates for more than thirty years, joining as the head of route planning in 1985 and then moving…

Asiana Airlines Set to Confirm New Sale Deal on Friday

According to local media, Asiana Airlines, the second-largest airline in South Korea, is expected to sell on Friday. The consortium consists of Hyundai Development Co. and Mirae Asset Daewoo Co. After weeks of negotiations, Kumho Asiana Group agreed to sell a 31 percent stake in the airline for 2.5 trillion…

Jet Airways Seeking Fresh Bids

Indian carrier Jet Airways has announced that it will be reopening its expression of interest (EOI) process in a move to potentially attract new investors. After ceasing operations this past April, the insolvency process for the airline saw the reassignment of its slots to other carriers and the repossession of…

U.S. Threatens More Tariffs Over Airbus Dispute

Earlier in the year, the United States won a key ruling against the European Union over unfair subsidies being given to Airbus. The World Trade Organization had ruled that the United States can go ahead and target the European Union with billions of dollars of punitive tariffs over a dispute…

Canadian Low-Cost Carrier Swoop Outlines Summer Expansion Plans

Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier Swoop has announced an expansion of routes for the upcoming summer season. The WestJet owned airline will introduce three new destinations as well as increases in service on select routes. The 18-month-old airline has experienced success in the Canadian market, offering domestic, transborder flights as well as…

Inside American Airlines’ Gold Star Family Airlift to Disney World

Since 2006, American Airlines has partnered with the Gary Sinise Foundation to bring families that have lost members in combat together  Originally, the company operated charter flights to its Dallas/Fort Worth base where children were transported to the "North Pole," also known as hangar specially decorated for the holidays. Just…

Sun Country Airlines Expands to Canada

On December 9, 2019, Sun Country Airlines, the Minneapolis based low-cost carrier, announced that it will begin seasonal service to Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada starting next summer. The new route marks the carrier's first Canadian route in its history. The announcement of the Minneapolis-Vancouver service comes after the announcement…

Government Issues an Ultimatum to Hong Kong Airlines

Hong Kong’s Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) has informed Hong Kong Airlines to find increased funding by December 7, otherwise, the carrier's operating license may be revoked. Earlier, the cash-strapped airline failed to pay staff salaries on time, ATLA met with the airline’s management members on November 29 due to…

Fourth MC-21-300 Flight Test Aircraft Complete

Russian aircraft manufacturer, Irkut Corporation, headquartered in Moscow, announced that it has completed systems diagnostics of the fourth MC-21-300 aircraft designed for flight tests. Three of the jets are already undergoing flight tests and two are currently on static tests. On November 28, the new aircraft was transferred from the…