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Amtrak's Pennsylvanian Passes Cresson, PA in 2020 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ian McMurtry)

Amtrak 2035: Does Amtrak Finally Have a Strong Plan Against Airlines?

With momentum on its side, Amtrak unveiled its grand plan for Amtrak System 2035, which it believes will be a sustainable system as prior to COVID-19 the rail operator was on pace to make 2020 its first financially profitable year in its 49-year existence. With cries for better rail infrastructure and a presidential candidate that wears the nickname ‘Amtrak Joe’ like a badge of honor, Amtrak seems to finally be on the right track. In its Amtrak System 2035 plan,…

TSA Screens Record One Million Passengers in One Day

On Sunday, the TSA screened 1,031,505 passengers - the first time the agency has seen a seven-digit number since March 2020. The numbers are a good sign that air traffic is picking up, but the airlines still have a long way to go before things get even close to normal.…

Delta Long-Haul Flights Return to Midwest Hub, Focus Cities

Banking on the potential availability of a vaccine, the gradual return of demand and the lifting of international travel restrictions, Delta Air Lines is adding frequencies and reopening routes in its winter 2020 and summer 2021 long-haul flying schedule. In line with IATA expectations for a multi-year recovery to pre-COVID-19…

U.S. Government Bans Chinese-Made Drones

The United States government is finalizing a law to prohibit its government from using drones made in China, ainonline reports. The National Defense Authorization Act bans the purchase of commercial drones made by a “covered foreign entity” by any U.S. government agency. This ban includes drone components including drivetrains, cameras and…

Hawaiian Increases Domestic and Inter-Island Schedule

Demand for travel to the Hawaiian islands plummeted at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The island’s government-mandated a fourteen-day quarantine for arrivals to the island chain, as well as a quarantine requirement for inter-island travel. However, the government of Hawaii has decided to begin to gradually relax these restrictions…

Interview: Eastern CEO Talks 777 and Strategy as Traffic Picks…

Despite diminished demand, shrinking fleets and network cuts affecting airlines around the world as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis, Eastern Airlines made headlines earlier this month as it acquired its largest aircraft yet and applied to serve its first regularly scheduled domestic flight. It’s important to distinguish which…

How Aviation Fits Into the $2 Trillion U.S. Aid Package

In the early morning hours on March 25, the White House and Senate struck a deal on an aid package for U.S. businesses and consumers totaling $2 trillion. Even though it had not yet reached, the sweeping bill will make available hundreds of billions of dollars for businesses in need…

Taiwanese Airlines Cut Services Amid Virus Outbreak

In light of confirmed coronavirus cases increasing sharply in the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan’s China Airlines and EVA Air are going to suspend scheduled flights to affected destinations. China Airlines announced that flights to Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, Brisbane, Australia, Auckland and Vienna will be suspended for 20 days.…

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…

Norwegian Air Argentina Files Request for U.S. Routes

Just two weeks after the United States and Argentina signed the commitment to amend the existing bilateral agreement regarding commercial aviation, Norwegian Argentina filed a request to ANAC, Argentina's national aviation authority, to operate regular flights to the U.S. The company is bound to present information to ANAC related to…