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A Delta Boeing 767-300 lands in Los Angeles. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ben Suskind)

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 flying levels, Delta is remaining confident in its growth strategy and is aiming to fly about 50 additional transoceanic flights next summer. The airline’s revised schedule offers hope for an…

U.S. Government May Ban 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…

United States and Canada Follow Europe, Ban 737 MAX Operations

Canada announced the decision to ban the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on Wednesday. A short time later the United States made the same decision with President Trump announcing "all of those planes are grounded effectively immediately." This follows the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 on Sunday. Boeing shortly after…

U.S. Airlines Reignite Concerns with Qatar Airways over Air Italy…

Qatar Airways is hitting back at allegations that they are subsidizing Air Italy by providing ‘free’ aircraft and engaging in anti-competitive practices. The Financial Times reported the allegations by incoming U.S. House of Representatives Transportation Committee chairman Peter DeFazio and his concerns that the Qatari airline was undertaking strategies to…