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An Emirates 777-300ER lines up on the runway for a test flight at Paine Field. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Emirates to Begin Flights Between UAE and Israel

As relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel continue to improve, Emirates has received approval to launch flights from Dubai to Tel Aviv.  According to reports by Kan News of Israel, the Dubai-based carrier has received approval from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport to operate flights between the two cities. Although there has not been official word from the airline, the rumored start date for the route is January 2021. When asked to confirm the new route, an Emirates…

JetBlue Leaves Long Beach For LAX

JetBlue announced Thursday that it will end services to Long Beach Airport in California and transfer them to Los Angeles International (LAX), which will become a focus city for the airline. JetBlue’s last day serving Long Beach will be Oct. 6. “LAX is one of JetBlue’s most successful markets and…

United Airlines Warns of Mass Furloughs in October

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to decimate travel demand, the airline industry continues to feel this major impact. United Airlines announced that they are getting ready to send potential furlough notices to about 36,000 employees. This would make up about 45% of their staff members in the United States. The…

Aeromexico Chooses Chapter 11 Restructuring as COVID Battle Rages On

Aeromexico parent group, Grupo AeroMexico SAB., has voluntarily opted to further its restructuring via the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process, the company reported on Tuesday. This comes as other Latin American carriers struggle to restructure themselves in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic. Aeromexico has faced competition from rising names such…

Frontier Adds 18 New Summer Routes Despite Diminished Industry-Wide Demand

Frontier Airlines announced Thursday that it will launch 18 new routes during its Summer 2020 schedule. The new services will launch in June and July and will feature big cities like Boston, Chicago, Newark and Philadelphia as well as a number of smaller cities like Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Sarasota-Bradenton…

Norwegian to Offer Free WiFi on Medium and Long-haul Fleet

Norwegian Air has announced it will begin offering complimentary WiFi on its medium and long-haul aircraft. The airline currently offers complimentary WiFi on its intra-European flights operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft but is currently being rolled out throughout its long-haul network including both Boeing 787 Dreamliner variants currently in operation…

Rolls Royce Advises of Further Issues with 787 Engines, Costs…

Rolls Royce this week advised airlines who operate Boeing 787 aircraft with their troubled Trent 1000 Package ‘C’ engines, that the faulty engine blades are deteriorating even faster than expected requiring additional maintenance checks. The affected engines have been the cause of significant operational issues for airlines since the end…

Italy’s Meridiana Relaunches as Air Italy

The Italian aviation market continues to provide headlines as it was announced on Monday that Sardinian-based carrier Meridiana would be rebranded as Air Italy with fleet expansion plans and a base at Milan Malpensa. The announcement confirms months of speculation that a shake-up of the operation was imminent after Qatar…

Lufthansa Officially Unveils New Livery at Dazzling Frankfurt Event

After weeks of speculation, Lufthansa officially displayed its new livery in an unveiling ceremony on Wednesday in Frankfurt. Lufthansa's new livery will focus more on dark blue and white, leaving out the yellow crane logo on the tailfin that has been primarily associated with the airline and is one of…

Alaska Airlines Reveals First Airbus A320 in Alaska Livery

On Wednesday, Alaska Airlines revealed its first, long-awaited Airbus A320 in the Alaska livery. The lucky aircraft, registration: N625VA, is the first from the Virgin America fleet to be repainted. The newly painted A320 comes just over a month after Virgin America formally merged with the Seattle-based carrier. From its merger…