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Airbus supports Grand Prix Abu Dhabi

Airbus, a leading provider of secure communications and collaboration solutions, was chosen as the official secure communications technology provider for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Formula 1 race security teams and coordinators, used the company’s Tetra network solutions to safeguard the venue and secure smooth performance during the event which took place between the […]

Satan does not fly American Airlines!

Florida resident Swati Runi Goyal was awaiting takeoff aboard an American Airlines flight to Las Vegas on the day before Halloween, when an airline employee approached her and demanded that she immediately changed out of a shirt proclaiming ‘Hail Satan’, otherwise threatening to remove her from the flight over the shirt’s ‘offensive’ message. In addition […]

Scorpion attacks United Airlines passenger on San Francisco-Atlanta flight

A female passenger on United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Atlanta was bitten by a scorpion mid-flight. A woman who felt a stinging sensation reportedly inspected herself in the aircraft’s bathroom, only to discover a scorpion in the leg of her pants. The arachnid was eventually captured by the plane’s crew. The woman was […]

ICAO is 75: Happy International Civil Aviation Day!

Seventy-five years after ICAO’s foundation, the International Civil Aviation network carries over four billion passengers annually. The global Air Transport sector supports 65.5 million jobs and USD 2.7 trillion in global economic activity, with over 10 million women and men working within the industry to ensure 120,000 flights and 12 million passengers a day are […]

FAA seeks public comments on Boeing 737 MAX Master Minimum Equipment List

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted a revised Boeing 737 MAX Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) today for a 30-day public comment period. An MMEL is a master list of aircraft items that may be inoperative under certain operational conditions, while maintaining the safe operation of the aircraft. The agency seeks comment any time an […]

Air Serbia re-launches Istanbul-Belgrade flights on December 11

Air Serbia will operate flights to Istanbul-Belgrade three times a week in the initial phase and increase the frequency to four times a week by the end of the year. In the first months of next year, the Serbian airline plans to increase the frequency to seven times a week. With the launch of Air […]

Airbus logged orders for 222 commercial aircraft in November

Airbus marked another month of high-volume bookings with new orders logged for 222 commercial aircraft in November, covering the A320neo Family, A330neo and A350 XWB members of its product line – bringing the overall number of orders booked by the company to more than 20,000. During November, a total of 77 single-aisle and widebody aircraft […]

Lufthansa Group announces 2020 summer long-haul destinations from Düsseldorf

The Lufthansa Group will continue to offer attractive long-haul destinations from Düsseldorf in the summer of 2020. The two New York airports Newark (EWR) and John-F.-Kennedy (JFK) as well as Fort Myers (RSW) and Miami (MIA) in Florida offer travelers a strong North American program. In addition, Lufthansa Group continues to connect Düsseldorf with the […]

Lucky 13 for Milan Bergamo Airport

For the first time in its history, Milan Bergamo Airport has hit the 13 million passenger mark, setting a new record for annual passengers for the Italian gateway. Handling just one million passengers for the first time in 1999, today saw the airport celebrate the historic moment with the lucky 13-millionth passenger departing for Dheli […]

Russian airlines lost 3.2 billion rubles from Putin’s Georgia ‘flight ban’

Russian airlines estimate their losses from the ban on flights to Georgia, introduced at the height of the “high” tourist season by decision of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, at 3.2 billion rubles. The calculation of losses carried out according to the methodology of the Federal Air Transport Agency, was submitted by the affected airlines to […]

Who is airline turnaround of the year?

LOT Polish Airlines was selected for its return to profit since 2016, following an extended period of loss-making, while also resuming strong traffic growth. In 2019, it expects to carry 10 million passengers for the first time, more than twice its traffic of just four years ago. A restructuring programme started in 2012 made LOT […]

Who is the regional airline of the year?

airBaltic was selected for its strong return to growth and profitability after emerging from a challenging restructuring period. Annual passenger numbers, essentially unchanged at 2.6 million between 2008 and 2015, look set to reach five million in 2019, a near doubling in four years. Revenues have enjoyed similar growth. airBaltic’s restructuring years and the 2016 […]

Who is the low-cost airline of the year?

Spirit Airlines was selected for pioneering the ultra-low-cost model in North America, and more recently, turning its operations around and improving its customer relations. It is further evolving the model by leveraging new technology to drive up its non-ticket revenue, which should grow by 3% in 2020 after reaching USD56 to USD57 in 2019. CAPA […]

Who is the airline executive or the year?

This award is presented to the airline executive who has had the greatest individual influence on the aviation industry, demonstrating outstanding strategic thinking and innovative direction for the growth of their business and the industry. Airline executives across the globe could learn a lot from Tewolde GebreMariam who has helped deliver sustained profitability for Ethiopian […]

What is the airline of the year?

According to CAPA-Centre for Aviation, British Airways brand may only be 45 years old, but the airline has been built on a legacy that dates back 100 years to 1919 when forerunner company, Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T), launched the world’s first daily international scheduled air service between London and Paris. From Instone, Handley […]

FAA: Holiday or not – do not aim laser-light displays at sky

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a warning today that holiday laser-light displays aimed at houses become potentially dangerous when aimed into the sky. The agency receives reports each year from pilots who are distracted or temporarily blinded by residential laser-light displays. This creates a serious safety risk to pilots and their passengers flying overhead. […]

Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico: Creating seamless travel experience

Delta Air Lines and its Joint Cooperation Agreement partner Aeromexico are focused on providing their customers with a consistent experience when traveling between the two airlines. Over 3.2 million Delta and Aeromexico customers connect across the trans-border network every year and creating a truly seamless journey is paramount. Thus, by looking at all aspects of […]

South African Airways Bankruptcy: What is next for SAA passengers and African Tourism?

South African Airways is considered one of the most important airline connectors in Africa. Together with Ethiopian Airlines and Egypt Air, the carrier is a member of the Star Alliance Group connecting directly to other major international carriers including United Airlines, the Lufthansa Group or Singapore Airlines. Headquartered in Airways Park at O.R Tambo International […]

Turkish Airlines launches flights from Istanbul to Rovaniemi, Finland

Turkish Airlines announced Rovaniemi as its second destination in Finland following Helsinki. Starting on 5 December 2019, Rovaniemi flights will be operated reciprocally three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Always enhancing its fleet of 348 aircraft, Turkish Airlines increased the number of its destination to 317 with Rovaniemi. During the ceremony of […]

Transavia France announces first 14 destinations from Montpellier

Transavia France, the low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary of the Air France – KLM group, just unveiled its first 14 destinations out of Montpellier. As of April 3, 2020, Transavia will be the only LCC with airplanes based in Montpellier. As of April 3, 2020, Transavia’s 2 airplanes based at Montpellier airport will propose flights to […]

Angola’s Sonair airline stops flying Boeing 737-700s

Angola’s SonAir Airline Services, S.A., commonly known as SonAir, stopped running domestic commercial flights with the Boeing 737-700, which provided the air link between Luanda and the cities of Cabinda, Catumbela (Benguela) and Lubango (Huila). The company source told the Angop news agency that contrary to the initial decision to terminate the three aircraft fleets […]

Which airlines reject the most compensation claims?

Latest investigation by an air passenger rights organization reveals United Airlines rejects 40% of claims that have been identified as eligible, and American Airlines and Delta each reject 27% of valid claims. These wrongful rejections directly contradict the European law EC261, which covers passengers on flights that took off in the EU on any airline […]

United Airlines announces new Chief Executive Officer

United Airlines today announced that Oscar Munoz, Chief Executive Officer, will transition to the role of Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Airlines Holdings, Inc. in May 2020. As CEO, Munoz has transformed United’s culture and set new standards of operational and financial performance. J. Scott Kirby, President, will succeed Munoz as […]

IATA: Moderate slowdown in passenger demand growth

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic data for October 2019 showing that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) climbed 3.4% compared to the year-ago period. This was a modest slowdown from 3.9% growth recorded in September, owing to softer traffic performance in domestic markets. October capacity (available seat […]

Via and from Dubai to Mexico and beyond on one Emirates Ticket

The Tourism opportunities to explore Mexico for travelers from the Middle East, Africa and India is on another level after Emirates enters the aviation market to connect the UAE with Mexico. Emirates has announced an enhanced interline agreement, which is set to open new routes and destinations for passengers traveling between Mexico, the Gulf and […]

Premium Economy Class Seating: Increasing Worldwide Demand

The International Air Transport Association estimates that by 2035, nearly 7.2 billion people will travel by air, a 100% jump from current levels. Moreover, most of these people are expected to be from Asia-Pacific, particularly India and China. According to Boeing, in the next 20 years, the demand for aircraft will go over 39,000 and […]

Air New Zealand wants you to drink your coffee and eat your coffee cup

Air New Zealand has begun testing new edible coffee cups with customers in the air and on the ground as it explores new and innovative ways to meet its sustainability challenges. The airline currently serves more than eight million cups of coffee each year. Air New Zealand Senior Manager Customer Experience Niki Chave says that […]

Air Seychelles links with Israel with nonstop flight

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, welcomed its first non-stop flight from Tel Aviv, linking Israel to the Seychelles. Flight HM021 which landed at the Seychelles International Airport was greeted by a traditional water canon salute in the presence of key dignitaries, government representatives, and travel trade members, as well as […]

IATA: Air cargo peak season off to slow start, annual demand down

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight ton kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 3.5% in October 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks a weak start to the traditional peak season for air cargo and the twelfth consecutive month of year-on-year […]

Christmas at Frankfurt Airport: Gift cards, shopping, dining and much more

During the weeks before Christmas, the terminals at Frankfurt Airport are incandescent with the glow of thousands of lights. Like every year, shops and restaurants invite guests to go on an extensive shopping tour while taking advantage of attractive bargains and yuletide culinary creations. Major international brands mingle with regional and “typical German” products. Small […]

Sunday Airlines launches flights to Sanya, China from Budapest Airport

Together with tour operator Robinson Tours, Budapest Airport will launch a new connection to Hainan Island’s Sanya next February. The leading Hungarian travel group will offer weekly flights to the Chinese city on SCAT Airlines subsidiary, Sunday Airlines’ 235-seat 757-200s. Complementing the Hungarian gateway’s existing portfolio to East Asia, the airport’s new airline partner will […]

NASA’s space ‘robot hotel’ launches tomorrow

NASA announced that it is launching a “robot hotel” into space with the upcoming SpaceX commercial resupply mission. The Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS), a protective storage unit for critical robotic tools, will be launched to the outside of the International Space Station on December 4 with SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, according to the US space agency. […]

United Airlines plans transatlantic route expansion with 50 new Airbus A321XLR jets

United Airlines today announced an order to purchase 50 new Airbus A321XLR aircraft, enabling the carrier to begin replacing and retiring its existing fleet of Boeing 757-200 aircraft and further meet the airline’s operational needs by pairing the optimal aircraft with select transatlantic routes from its key US hubs in Washington D.C. and Newark/New York. […]

DHS wants mandatory airport facial recognition scans for all Americans

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is lobbying for a change to the current rules covering all Americans entering or leaving the United States, in order to “provide that all travelers, including US citizens, may be required to be photographed upon entry and/or departure” from the US, citing the need to identify criminals or “suspected […]

Delta Air Lines and LATAM to launch codeshare in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru

Delta Air Lines and LATAM will launch codeshare for flights operated by certain LATAM affiliates in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru beginning in the first quarter of 2020, pending receipt of applicable government approvals. The codeshare will offer customers increased connectivity between up to 74 onward destinations in the United States and up to 51 onward […]

Consumer attitudes towards service animals during travel revealed

The results of the consumer survey dealing with attitudes and perceptions relating to the presence of service and emotional support animals during travel were released today. 78.8% of people in the survey stated that service animals should be allowed in the passenger cabin of a plane. 51.7% of people thought a restaurant is the worst […]