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The four largest airline participating in Essential Air Service contracts, TOP: Southern Airways Express C208, Cape Air C402 ; BOTTOM. Boutique PC12 , SkyWest CRJ200 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Essential Air Service: What It Is and Why It's Needed

Every year, people around the country pay their taxes and begin to complain about which government programs are necessary and which are not. And every year the same question comes up: why does the government shell out millions of dollars in federal aid to airlines in order to fly — in some cases empty aircraft — to cities nobody has ever heard of? Because it’s essential. History of EAS Essential Air Service has played an interesting role in this country…

Alaska Airlines Expands Existing Codeshare with British Airways 

Alaska Airlines announced in a press release that it has enhanced its codeshare agreement with major European carrier and fellow oneworld alliance member British Airways. Tuesday’s announcement strengthens the carrier's long standing relationship by adding 16 additional markets. As the industry moves towards normalcy again and the airlines continue to…

Bamboo Airways Operates Inaugural Flight to the United States

Bamboo Airways operated its first flight to the United States on September 23, 2021, from Hanoi, Vietnam to San Francisco, marking an important milestone in its international operations. In total, the Hanoi-based carrier will operate twelve demonstration/charter flights from Hanoi and Da Nang to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle…

Alaska Airlines Reveals New Mexico Flights from San Francisco

Anticipating heavier demand to "sun and fun destinations" this year, Alaska Airlines has unveiled three new flights to Mexico from its hub in San Francisco. From December 18, the Seattle-based carrier plans to fly from Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Loreto and Mazaltán to San Francisco, weekly on Saturdays. Origin Destination Departure Time Arrival…

Bamboo Airways to Operate First US Flights via San Francisco

Vietnam-based Bamboo Airways will operate its first flight to the U.S. in late July or early August, according to a statement provided by the airline. Its first flight is a charter from Hanoi to San Francisco, arriving at the airport at 8:20 p.m. The Vietnamese low-cost carrier will depart San…

Bamboo Airways Files Intentions to Fly to San Francisco and…

In a recent U.S. Department of Transportation filing, Bamboo Airways announced its intentions to fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Los Angeles and San Francisco beginning in the third quarter of 2021 amid earlier reports of the airline's plans to launch flights to San Francisco. In April, AirlineGeeks reported…

Review: Traveling to Taiwan During the Covid-19 Pandemic in EVA…

Throughout the pandemic, people in Taiwan have led relatively normal lives. They went to work in offices, attended classes and ate in restaurants — all because Taiwan tightly controlled its Covid-19 case numbers. Although Taiwan has temporarily banned all non-essential travel, it has still been receiving returning nationals and eligible…

Bamboo Airways Eyes Flights to U.S.

Amid reports of Vietnam Airlines' plans to launch flights to the United States, Bamboo Airways Chairman Trinh Van Quyet expressed his interest in routes to the U.S., according to Reuters. The news stems from the Vietnamese carrier's plans to launch an initial public offering in the U.S., raising up to…

Vietnam Airlines Plans Launch of Flights to the U.S.

On Wednesday, Vietnam Airlines' Board of Directors approved a plan to initiate direct services to the United States. Under the plan, the Vietnamese-flag carrier will commence flights in two phases. Launching Flights to the United States Firstly, Vietnam Airlines will apply to the United States Department of Transportation for further…

United Airlines Delays JFK Return

United Airlines revealed Wednesday it is delaying its return to New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in an internal memo viewed, per Airline Weekly. The delay will last about a month, with inaugural flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco now scheduled for Feb. 28 instead of Feb.…