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Flying over the Alps onboard LATAM Brasil's A350-900. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Trip Report: An Intercontinental Odyssey in Times of COVID-19 (Part Two)

This is Part Two of a two-chapter story about international travel during times of COVID-19. This article reports the second and third legs -- the transatlantic flight from São Paulo to Frankfurt with LATAM Brasil, and a hop from Frankfurt to Florence with Lufthansa CityLine. Part One is available here. LATAM Flight LA8070 (GRU-FRA) Some two hours before departure, the A350-900 deployed to my flight was towed to the assigned gate. It was PR-XTD. According to Airfleets, it was delivered…

Trip Report: An Intercontinental Odyssey in Times of COVID-19 (Part…

This is Part One of a two-chapter story about international travel during times of COVID-19. This article introduces the routing, flights and reports the first leg -- a domestic widebody sector from Porto Alegre to São Paulo/Guarulhos with LATAM Brasil. The second part should be published in the next few…

Trip Report: Flying on a Qatar Airways 777-200LR from São…

Qatar Airways and its main hub Hamad International Airport recently announced an expansion to the airport that would increase its capacity in time for the 2022 World Cup and make it a destination without itself. En route to Doha, AirlineGeeks was invited by Qatar Airways to fly in its newest…

Trip Report: Onboard Azul’s First E195-E2 Flight

One month after having its first Embraer E195-E2 delivered, Azul started commercial flights with the new generation regional jet on Thursday, making a roundtrip between its hub in Campinas and Brazil's capital city of Brasília. PR-PJN, named "Sou Azul" and still the only E2 in Azul's fleet, was designated to…

Trip Report: Flying from Porto Alegre to Congonhas with LATAM…

Since TAM became LATAM after the merger with LAN at the start of 2016, many changes in the airline's service have occurred. The airline that, pushed a "premium" service from the beginning, needed to adapt to the reality of the market to assure its survival. Thus, the carrier adopted low-cost…

Trip Report: Flying from Porto Alegre to Congonhas with LATAM…

Since TAM became LATAM after the merger with LAN at the start of 2016, many changes in the airline's service have occurred. The airline that, pushed a "premium" service from the beginning, needed to adapt to the reality of the market to assure its survival. Thus, the carrier adopted low-cost…

Trip Report: Flying on Azul’s A320neo from Campinas to Porto…

After AirlineGeeks joined Azul Brazilian Airlines on its inaugural Airbus A330neo flight from Sao Paulo to Recife and back, it was time to test out another next-generation Airbus aircraft in the airline's fleet, the Airbus A320neo. The next-generation variant of Airbus' popular A320, the A320neo brings increased efficiency to the…

Trip Report: Flying on Azul’s Inaugural A330-900neo Flight from Sao…

Azul Brazilian Airlines' first international flights were announced in April 2014, only six years into its operation. Fueling the international expansion were seven secondhand Airbus A330-200s, a type still used today, and an order for five Airbus A350-900 XWBs. The Brazilian economy was soaring, the Brazilian real was well appreciated…

Trip Report: Flying on TAP Air Portugal’s New A330neo from…

Chicago became the newest North American recipient of TAP Air Portugal service as part of the airline’s ongoing efforts to double capacity to and from North America by the end of the year. The new service sees TAP flying to the Windy City five times per week, with flights on…

Trip Report: Hawaiian Island-Hopping on Hawaiian Airlines

While the typical U.S. traveler may complain about the decline in airline competition in the mainland United States over the last few years, Hawaiians have experienced even more challenges. Carriers like go!, Aloha and Island Air have collapsed, paving the way for Hawaiian Airlines to stand mostly uncontested on inter-island routes.…