Simple Flying - Feed The leading independent voice for aviation news and insight. Thu, 17 Mar 2022 06:00:14 GMT en-US hourly 60 Lufthansa Airbus A340 Returns To Frankfurt With Cargo Door Warning
A Lufthansa Airbus A340-300 flying from Frankfurt to Bangkok was forced to return to the airport after the crew received an indication that a cargo door was open. The aircraft circled while dumping fuel and landed safely back in Frankfurt around two hours later.

Thu, 17 Mar 2022 06:00:14 GMT
Sharp Airlines To End Melbourne - Griffith Flights
Melbourne-based Sharp Airlines is exiting the Griffith - Melbourne route at the end of March, severing only direct air link between the inland New South Wales regional center and Australia's second-biggest city. Sharp Airlines says the route would have wrapped up sooner, but for Federal Government funding throughout the pandemic that kept it operating.

Thu, 17 Mar 2022 05:00:14 GMT
Why Aren’t Air India Employees Using Tools In Chennai?
Air India is facing its first staff protest after becoming a private carrier. On Tuesday, several employees from the engineering department refused to pick up their tools to mark a silent disagreement against the management. The protest came after failed negotiations between the management and technicians regarding several issues, including salary and career progression.

Thu, 17 Mar 2022 04:24:31 GMT
Aircraft Lessor Moves To Shut Down Hong Kong Airlines
An Irish aircraft leasing company has applied to wind-up HNA subsidiary Hong Kong Airlines. Stellar Aircraft Holding 1 Ltd, a company based in Dublin, has filed a petition in the High Court with an initial hearing set down on May 11. The lessor has an Airbus A330-300 placed at Hong Kong Airlines.

Thu, 17 Mar 2022 02:00:14 GMT
Spirit Airlines Launches 3 New Routes Out Of Las Vegas Harry Reid International
Spirit Airlines will launch three new routes from Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas (LAS) in August 2022. By adding these new services, Spirit will have increased by 30% its offer from Las Vegas compared to last year. Let’s investigate further.

Thu, 17 Mar 2022 01:00:14 GMT
Pitot Probe Covers Remain In Place As Malaysia Airlines A330-300 Takes Off
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released a final report on Wednesday detailing its findings about a serious incident involving a Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-300 at Brisbane four years ago. The report reveals a litany of potentially catastrophic errors in the lead-up to departure and take-off.

Thu, 17 Mar 2022 00:00:14 GMT
Air Canada Targets Australia & New Zealand With Network Expansion
Air Canada is increasing its footprint in the Southwest Pacific, boosting frequencies into Sydney (SYD) and resuming flights to its former destinations of Brisbane (BNE) and Auckland (AKL). The changes will take effect over the course of the year, with Australia's biggest city the first to see the benefits - Air Canada is going daily into that city from May 1.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 23:00:13 GMT
Interjet Will Need To Pay What It Owes Before It's Allowed To Resume Flights
The owners of the former Mexican carrier Interjet are seemingly trying to revive the airline after nearly a year and a half without operating commercial flights. Nonetheless, the Mexican government has recently outlined the main requirement Interjet needs to fulfill if it wants to have an opportunity to fly again.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 22:00:15 GMT
Why San Francisco Airport Has Hired A 28 Pound Giant Rabbit
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) today announced the addition of a new member to its team of certified stress-relief animals- a 28-pound rabbit named ‘Alex the Great.’ Alex is a Flemish Giant, the largest breed of domestic rabbits. He will be on duty at SFO, trying to help passengers feel better while navigating the large airport.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 21:00:14 GMT
California Wants Crew To Take Longer Breaks But Airlines Aren’t Happy
InterVISTAS, on contract to the US airlines' lobby group Airlines for America, did an "economic analysis" on the ripple impacts of California's Meal & Rest Break (MRB) legislation being extended to airlines as mandated breaks for cabin crew. The matter is currently before the federal courts as Virgin America Inc. v. Bernstein, 21-260. Although Virgin America has been merged into Alaska Airlines with its history documented by Simple Flying, the aviation court case lives on.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 18:45:14 GMT
A Key American Airlines Hub: The Story Of Charlotte Douglas International
Charlotte Douglas International is one of the busiest airports in the US (it was the sixth busiest in 2020 based on passenger volume). It opened in the 1930s as a municipal airport for the Charlotte area, but has since expanded as a major hub for Piedmont Airlines and American Airlines.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 18:01:17 GMT
Qantas Signs Deal For 35 Million Gallons Of SAF
Australian flag carrier Qantas announced today it had signed a second major deal for the acquisition of sustainable aviation fuel. The airline is already fueling flights from London with SAF, and now the turn has come to tap into the available supply in California, one of the world's leading markets for advanced biofuels.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 17:01:16 GMT
Global Crossing Airlines Becomes The Latest To Order 200 EVE eVTOL Air Taxis
Embraer, Eve UAM, and Global Crossing (GlobalX) have announced the signing of a Letter of Intent for 200 of Eve’s electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The potential sale is added to Eve’s current order backlog of 1,785 eVTOLs, expected to launch in 2026.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 16:23:34 GMT
UK To Reintroduce 70/30 Slot Usage Rules In The Summer
Airports require airlines to have permits or “slots” to take off, land, and operate at an airport during a specific time period. During the pandemic, for airlines to maintain possession of their slots, airlines would need to operate their flights for at least 50% of the time. However, the required usage of slots for airlines is set to be adjusted to a ratio of 70/30 for the summer season.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 16:12:47 GMT
The World's Largest Converted Boeing 767 Operator Orders Even More
Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), the world’s largest operator of converted Boeing 767 aircraft, has placed an order to convert four more Boeing 767-300 aircraft into Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF).

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 15:46:14 GMT
Webinar: Peter Foster, CEO Of Air Astana
Simple Flying is delighted to invite you to our next webinar of 2022, where we will be meeting the CEO of Kazakhstan's flag carrier. Peter Foster, CEO of Air Astana, will be in conversation with Tom Boon, Content Manager of Simple Flying on YouTube Live.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 15:30:14 GMT
18 Years Of Flight: Which Embraer 190s Have Flown The Most Cycles?
Having been a popular regional jet for the past 18 years, some E-Jets have had very busy lives. We take a look at which Embraer E190s have flown the most flight cycles. Not to be confused with flight hours (the amount of time an aircraft is in the air), by definition, a flight cycle is one single flight - takeoff, cruise and landing.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 15:00:14 GMT
All-Business La Compagnie Launches New York-Milan Services
French business class airline La Compagnie is set to commence a new direct link from Newark International Airport serving New York City to Milan's Malpensa Airport.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 14:42:27 GMT
Finnair Begins Allowing Passengers To Offset Their Flight Emissions
There is immediate crisis - like COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine. Then there is the slow-burning kind threatening to literally cook us alive down the road. As aviation has begun to bounce back from two years of unrelenting restrictions, the industry can now focus on rebuilding and its greatest challenge yet - making air travel sustainable.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 14:00:15 GMT
Emirates SkyCargo Returns To Dubai World Central After Pandemic Pause
After almost two years away, the Dubai-based carrier and its SkyCargo subsidiary have announced a return to its Dubai World Central cargo hub at the end of the month. This move will provide much-needed additional cargo handling capacity for the airline as it ramps up its operations following COVID-19.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 13:00:14 GMT
KLM & Transavia Become The Latest To Drop Mask Requirements
From March 23, KLM, Transavia, and TUI Netherlands will no longer enforce face masks on flights. The airlines will instead recommend passengers wear them in line with EASA and ICAO guidelines. Charter carrier, Corendon, has said it will scrap all requirements entirely.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 12:41:10 GMT
How American Airlines Is Inspiring The Next Generation of Female Leaders
March 8th may have come and gone for this year, but that doesn't mean it isn't always a good time to celebrate the steps being taken towards a more gender-inclusive aviation industry.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 10:04:49 GMT
Lufthansa Operates Its First Airbus A321 Converted Freighter Flight
Lufthansa Cargo's A321 freighter finally took its first commercial flight on March 15th. The carrier had announced the start date for its use last month, and bookings for the plane were opened on March 1st, two weeks before the launch.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 09:19:40 GMT
Virgin Atlantic Doesn’t Plan To Return To London Gatwick This Year
Virgin Atlantic has ruled out a return to Gatwick Airport this year after previously intimating that it could return. CEO Shai Weiss stated that Virgin would instead focus on its Heathrow operations, but didn't rule out a Gatwick return in the future.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 08:00:14 GMT
Delta Air Lines Considers Upping Ticket Prices To Offset Rising Fuel Costs
Taking a Delta flight could soon be heavier on the pocket as the airline looks to increase ticket prices in response to rising fuel costs. Airlines in the US are left with no choice but to pass down fuel price hikes to customers as elevated fares but are hopeful that renewed interest in traveling will see them through the coming few months.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 07:22:32 GMT
Ukrainian Ambassador Blasts Ryanair Over Ukraine Repatriation Flight Costs
Ukraine's ambassador to Ireland has slammed low-cost carrier Ryanair for its high prices on repatriation flights out of Ukraine. Larysa Gerasko made the comments regarding Ryanair's flights out of Poland, which are being used by refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 06:00:14 GMT
81 Years Of Philippine Airlines: What Are The Carrier's Oldest Aircraft?
Founded in 1941 by a group of leading Philippines businessmen, Philippine Airlines is the national carrier of the Philippines and one of the oldest airlines in Asia. We take a look at the airline's current fleet to see which planes are the oldest.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 05:30:14 GMT
Hello World: New Zealand Brings Forward Its Border Reopening
New Zealand has accelerated its border reopening, with fully vaccinated Australians allowed back in again from April. Travelers from 60 other countries on New Zealand's visa waiver list are allowed in from May 1. The move ends what will be more than two years of self-imposed isolation that has dramatically curbed the number of people traveling to the country and the number of airlines flying there.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 05:00:13 GMT
Qatar Airways Set To Resume Flights To London Gatwick
The Doha-London sector will soon see more connections as Qatar Airways is set to resume flights to London Gatwick from June. After some back and forth, the Doha-based carrier seems ready to commit to London’s second-busiest airport this summer.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 04:26:56 GMT
US Senate Passes Resolution To End Airline Mask Rule
The United States Senate passed a resolution on Tuesday to repeal the public transportation federal travel mask mandate that dictates wearing a face mask in order to fly in the US. Controversial Republican Senator Rand Paul forced a vote on the resolution using the Congressional Review Act, scoring a win when it passed by 57 votes to 40.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 02:00:14 GMT
Private Jet Company Comlux Expands Its After Sales Support
The Swiss-based company Comlux has announced the launch of Comlux Tech, a company that will offer a wide range of à la carte after-sales services to airlines worldwide.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 01:00:13 GMT
What Is Voluntary Bumping? How Can You Maximize Compensation?
Its common practice for airlines to sell more tickets than seats on flights, calculating that a certain number won't show up eventually. However, there are instances where all the passengers turn up, leaving carriers at risk of forcing people off. To prevent this, US airlines have adopted a process of voluntary bumping, allowing passengers to receive a financial reward and perks to move to another flight. Here's your guide to bumping and how to maximize your compensation.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 00:30:13 GMT
Pakistan International Airlines' Australia Flights Not Yet Approved
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is keen to start flights to Australia - so keen the airline is in route launch mode before they've been granted permission to fly. Multiple media outlets are reporting flights between Lahore (LHE) and Sydney (SYD) will start in April, but PIA will need an air operator's certificate (AOC) to fly passengers in Australia before that happens.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 00:00:14 GMT
Norse Atlantic Airways Secures Gatwick Slots But Eyes Launch Delay
The volatile situation in Ukraine, rising fuel prices, and sluggish passenger demand for long-haul travel have seen Norse Atlantic defer an initial route announcement and the start of ticket sales. But it's only a short-term pause. The Norway-based long-haul low-cost airline now plans a route announcement and the first ticket sales in April, with the first flights in June.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 23:00:13 GMT
Aerolíneas Argentinas Looks To Boost Its Brazilian Connectivity
Aerolíneas Argentinas will launch a new route between Argentina and Brazil, reopen three routes currently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, and increase the overall number of frequencies between both countries as it scales up its international capacity. Where will it fly? Let’s investigate further.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 22:00:14 GMT
Stretched Turboprop: The Story Of The Lesser-Known Fokker 60
The Fokker 50 was a turboprop airliner produced in the 1980s and 1990s, selling over 200 units in the process. The manufacturer developed it as an improvement of its earlier F27 'Friendship' model. However, did you know that Fokker also built a stretched version, known as the Fokker 60? Let's examine the story of this rare design.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 21:00:14 GMT
American Airlines Believes Strong Bookings Could Offset Rising Fuel Prices
American Airlines is expecting an expense increase in the first quarter of 2022 due to the significant rise in the price of crude oil in the last few weeks. However, it could be offset by a strong improvement in bookings, the airline said at the J.P. Morgan 2022 Industrials Conference. Let’s investigate further.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 20:00:15 GMT
What Happened To Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano's Boeing 767s?
Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano flew a wide variety of aircraft over its 85-year history. Among the designs operated by the former Bolivian flag carrier was the Boeing 767 family, of which the airline flew three examples across two variants at two different points in its history. Let's take a look back at the story of these jets, and where they are now.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 18:00:15 GMT
Green Hydrogen Production: What's The Latest?
Hydrogen is being hailed by many as the solution to decarbonizing large sectors of the economy and everything from power generation to municipal heating. The hydrogen market is predicted to grow to $2.5 trillion in direct revenues by 2050. Aviation is no different, and for many, it is an obvious solution to a very dire problem - it just needs more time to develop.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 17:24:05 GMT
Emirates Sets June Date For Launch Of Tel Aviv Boeing 777 Flights
Emirates confirmed today that, beginning on June 23 of this year, it will be servicing Tel Aviv on a daily basis. The route will be serviced by the airline's Boeing 777-300ER.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 16:45:14 GMT
Viasa Flight 742: The Douglas DC-9's Deadliest Accident
On Sunday, March 16, 1969, Viasa Flight 742 crashed when taking off from Maracaibo-Grano de Oro Airport (ORO) in Venezuela. All 84 passengers and crew and 71 people on the ground lost their lives. To this day, it remains the deadliest ever air crash involving a McDonnell Douglas DC-9.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 16:00:15 GMT
How San Francisco Is Cutting Ground Noise With Enhanced GPS
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has been given FAA approval to use new landing technology, known as Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS). The technology corrects inherent errors in GPS accuracy allowing aircraft fitted with compatible systems to land with greater precision.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 15:45:15 GMT
US DOT Blocks SkyWest From Suspending Flights To 29 Cities Over Pilot Shortages
In response to SkyWest's announcements that the US pilot shortage would cause it to withdraw Essential Air Services (EAS) connections to 29 cities that began last month, the US Department of Transportation has intervened to stop SkyWest's service withdrawal while seeking replacement vendors for the EAS connections.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 15:09:03 GMT
The Most Notable New Airline Routes This Week
I've covered a selection of new routes that took off in the last week. Why not sign up and receive my newsletter in your email inbox every week?

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 15:01:14 GMT
Will Dual Registration Laws Prevent Leased Aircraft Being Re-Registered In Russia?
Russian President Vladimir Putin has today passed a bill that will allow foreign aircraft leased by Russian airlines to be registered in Russia. This would enable Russian airlines to continue operating despite Western sanctions imposed in response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 14:45:14 GMT
Ireland's Shannon Airport Scraps The 100ml Liquid Rule
Shannon Airport has announced that the 100ml restriction on liquids in passenger hand luggage has been removed. The restrictions have been an inconvenience to passengers since being introduced in 2006.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 14:16:14 GMT
Is Boeing Gearing Up To Resume 737 MAX Deliveries In China?
Despite the Chinese government still not having given the green light for the return of the 737 MAX to commercial service in the country, sources say that Boeing has begun flying the model to its completion plant in Zhoushan.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 14:06:23 GMT
Israel’s El Al Secures A Loan Worth $130 Million
The national carrier of Israel has announced that it has secured additional funding as it struggles to recover following the COVID-19 pandemic. Following huge losses incurred in 2021, the loan is just one measure the airline is taking to cut costs and return to profitability.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 13:00:13 GMT
This Time Last Year: KLM Says Goodbye To The Boeing 747
A year ago, on March 15th, 2021, the very last Boeing 747 in KLM's stunning blue livery departed Amsterdam Schiphol for good. The jumbo jet, registered PH-BFV, took off from Amsterdam Schiphol at 09:20 and headed for storage facilities at Teruel in Spain. Let's take a look at the special day and where the aircraft is now.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 12:00:14 GMT
Caracas Calling: TAP Air Portugal To Resume Venezuela Link Using Airbus A330neos ]]>
Despite operating large numbers of restricted flights to Caracas during the pandemic (using the '9' flight prefix), it'll return on a regularly scheduled basis from June.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 11:00:13 GMT
COVID-19 Surge Prompts China To Divert Flights Away From Shanghai
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, China has taken a stringent approach in its attempts to eventually get cases down to zero. With certain pockets of the country presently experiencing surges in case rates, its civil aviation regulator has elected to divert more than 100 flights away from Shanghai until the start of May.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 10:01:13 GMT
Norway Considers Reinventing Air Passenger Tax Scheme
As Norway's flight tax suspension comes to an end this summer, the country is looking to reinvent air passenger taxation. Under the new plan being crafted, taxes would vary depending on a route's environmental impact and economics. This is a big change from the global norm of taxing flights based on distance.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 09:00:13 GMT
Which UK Airlines Have Dropped Mask Requirements?
As the world learns to live with the COVID pandemic, some airlines in the UK have started to drop mask mandates. Jet2 was the first to remove the legal requirement to wear masks earlier this month and now, other airlines have also followed the move. This comes as the UK does away with COVID-related travel restrictions citing better vaccination coverage and a dip in infection severity. So, which UK airlines have so far dropped mask requirements?

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 08:47:20 GMT
Nigerian Airlines Say They Only Have 3 Days Of Fuel Left
Nigerian airlines have declared they only have enough fuel to operate for a matter of days in the face of rising costs and scarcity of aviation fuel. On Monday, the Airline Operators of Nigeria stated that they had just three days' worth of fuel supplies.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 08:00:14 GMT
The TSA Just Saw Its 3rd Busiest Day Since COVID-19 Began
Current trends across US airports are suggesting a solid rebound in air travel. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been reporting an increasing number of passengers screened at airport security checkpoints across the US for weeks, with March 11th being the third-busiest day over the last two years.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 07:16:57 GMT
Cargo Demand Helps Push EVA Air Back To Profit
Taiwanese carrier EVA Air has announced a net profit for 2021, attributing its performance to high cargo demand. The airline's cargo division saw a 70% increase in revenue compared to the previous year. The carrier plans to bolster its cargo division in the coming years.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 06:00:14 GMT
FedEx MD-11 Issues Mayday Call Over Sydney
Pilots onboard a FedEx McDonnell Douglas MD-11F struck trouble in the skies over Sydney on the weekend, issuing a Mayday call and aborting the final approach. FedEx flight FX9075 was in the final stages of a seven-hour plus flight from Singapore on Saturday night and descending over Botany Bay when a "flight control malfunction" occurred.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 05:00:14 GMT
China's First Private Airline: A Look At Okay Airways
Created by a group of Beijing and Shanghai investors in 2004 following the Chinese government's decision to allow non-state-owned airlines, Okay Airways became the first privately owned Chinese airline. In the early 2000s, the airline industry in China was dominated by three big state-owned carriers: Air China, China Southern Airlines, and China Eastern Airlines.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 04:30:14 GMT
Indian Music Won't Become Mandatory On Planes And In Airports
In December 2021, airlines and airports in India were asked to consider playing Indian music on planes and airport premises. Now, the Government of India has clarified its position on the matter, saying that carriers and airports are free to choose the kind of music they want to play for passengers.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 04:13:19 GMT
Russia To Face ICAO Hearing Over Shooting Down Of MH17
The Netherlands and Australia have joined forces to launch legal proceedings against Russia in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014. Of the 298 people onboard that flight who died, 196 were Dutch nationals, and 38 were Australians.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 02:00:15 GMT
How Do Flight Tracking Websites Work?
Flight tracking services and websites have brought exciting and valuable changes to the aviation sector. These provide real-time and historical access to flight information, including aircraft details, routes, position, speed, altitude and heading. The widespread adoption of ADS-B satellite tracking has made data available to aviation companies, media, enthusiasts and planespotters - not just ATC.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 01:00:15 GMT
Qantas To Reintroduce First Class On The Airbus A380 As 4th Leaves Storage
Qantas is bringing back first class on its flagship Airbus A380 flights between Sydney and Los Angeles. The Australian airline is restarting its highly-regarded first class cabin service on March 27. When the A380 resumes flying the Sydney - Singapore - London Heathrow route in June, London-bound travelers can also enjoy the well-upholstered surrounds of Qantas first class.

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 00:01:15 GMT
The UK Will End All COVID-19 Travel Restrictions By The End Of The Week
The United Kingdom is removing all remaining COVID-19 international travel restrictions for all passengers from 04:00 local time on Friday, March 18. The decision brings the UK into line with ten European nations, which have also removed all travel restrictions and follows a call by airline trade group IATA for governments to lift COVID-related travel restrictions.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 23:00:14 GMT
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About ULDs
Air cargo and freight is a massive industry worth over $120 billion in 2021 and growing. Cargo is carried with dedicated freighter aircraft and airlines, but also as belly freight in most scheduled passenger flights. This is facilitated by the use of Unit Load Devices - ULDs. These standard-sized containers enable simpler sorting, storage and transfer of cargo and are in use globally.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 22:01:15 GMT
How Will European And North American Airlines Fly To Asia?
As the war in Ukraine continues, Western nations have imposed costly economic sanctions on Russia, including restricting access to their airspace. With this move reciprocated, connectivity between Asia, Europe, and North America will be hit, adding flight times and possibly canceling some routes for good. Here's a look at the effects.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 21:00:14 GMT
Serbia's President Wants Moscow Flight Schedule Cut
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, announced that his country’s flag carrier, Air Serbia, will significantly reduce the frequency at which it operates flights to Moscow. The airline will revert to daily flights, down from the current 15 weekly rotations, after it was accused of profiting from Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Air Serbia had two false bomb threats on Moscow-bound flights in the last three days.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 20:37:42 GMT
The World Of FBOs: What Are Fixed-Base Operators? Throughout the aviation industry, there are various acronyms and terms that some on the 'outside' may not be completely familiar with. FBO- or fixed-base operator- might be one of these terms. A significant part of airport operations around the world, let's pick the term apart and look at a few examples along the way...

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 18:30:14 GMT
Why South Africa's Comair Remains Grounded By Regulators
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) had initially suspended the air operator certificate for Comair for 24-hours as a precautionary measure, effectively grounding its fleet and affecting passengers using low-cost airline Kulula, as well as flights for British Airways.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 18:09:23 GMT
Emirates Slashes 36% Of Its Remaining New Zealand Flights This Year
The planned reintroduction of Emirates' non-stop to Auckland has been pushed back to December 1st, while Christchurch won't return until November 30th. They're now due to resume during New Zealand's summer season.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 18:00:13 GMT
WestJet Plans A Near-Normal Summer Schedule As Canada’s Recovery Accelerates
On Monday, Canada's second-largest carrier WestJet announced its upcoming summer schedule. In the airline's own words, it marks a significant milestone on the road to recovery, reinstating nearly all of its pre-pandemic network. After two years of great uncertainty and reduced capacity across the board, could it be that summer 2022 will mean business as near-usual for WestJet?

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 17:00:14 GMT
Caribbean Airline Arajet Places 20 Boeing 737 MAX Order
Boeing and Arajet have confirmed that the Dominican startup carrier has placed an order for 20 737 MAX 8 aircraft. In the deal, finalized in February, Arajet has also optioned 15 other 737 MAX jets, which could bring their fleet up to 40 aircraft.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 16:36:03 GMT
Flying The Candidates: Inside The World Of Presidential Campaign Charters
The United States elections see some of the most powerful people in the country taking to the campaign trail. The number of stops on that trail depends very much on the candidate. As an example, during the final three weeks of the last general election, President Trump made 48 stops across 15 states, while President Biden appeared at 23 events in 10 states.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 16:15:26 GMT
Which Foreign Airlines Are Still Flying To Russia?
During Russia's invasion of Ukraine, several foreign airlines have ceased flying to the country. In many cases, this has been due to Russia banning foreign airlines from its airspace in retaliation to its own carriers being banned from foreign airspace. Nonetheless, a handful of non-Russian airlines still serve the country.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 16:00:14 GMT
Avelo Airlines Reveals 2 Inland Northwest Flights From Burbank
US low-fare airline Avelo is now adding nonstop service from Los Angeles' suburb Burbank to Boise, Idaho on May 24th, and Spokane, Washington on May 25th. The routes will be served by Boeing 737-800s twice a week.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 15:26:47 GMT
United Boeing 737 Diverts To Austin With Reports Of Fire Onboard
On Friday, a United Airlines flight on route to Houston had to divert due to a mechanical issue, according to the airline. But passengers on the flight have stated that there was a possible fire on board. What really happened?

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 15:12:12 GMT
Major: Frankfurt Airport To Close To All Departures Tomorrow Amid German Security Strike Chaos
A widespread security strike is impacting some of Germany's busiest air hubs at the start of this week, including Frankfurt Airport. The situation is set to be so extreme tomorrow that Germany's largest airport won't handle any departing passengers for whom Frankfurt is their point of origin tomorrow. Let's examine the matter.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 15:05:14 GMT
Seattle Non-Stop: Singapore Airlines Ditches Its Vancouver Stop
Singapore Airlines' Seattle non-stops take off in June. It'll be the first time in 27 months that the carrier has served the Washington State airport non-stop

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 15:00:15 GMT
Royal Air Maroc Launches Casablanca Tel Aviv Alongside El Al Codeshare Agreement
Moroccan flag carrier Royal Air Maroc launched direct flights from Casablanca to Tel Aviv yesterday. However, the airline didn't stop with the route launch. Today Royal Air Maroc went a step further and announced a new codeshare partnership with Israeli carrier El Al.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 14:30:14 GMT
Classic And Diverse: A Look At Canadian North's Fleet
Headquartered in Kanata, Ontario, Canadian North is a domestic carrier with a particularly strong presence in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The airline's fleet features several classic designs, with several dating back more than three decades. Let's take a look at which aircraft operate Canadian North's vital services.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 14:30:13 GMT
Cathay Pacific Carried Just 1.1% Of Its 2019 Passengers In February
While much of Europe and the US have begun to return to business as usual and cultivate an attitude of learning to live with COVID-19, much of Asia is still on high alert. Most notably, mainland China and Hong Kong have been pursuing a zero-COVID policy, resulting in extremely stringent travel and quarantine requirements, along with full lockdowns.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 14:00:14 GMT
KLM Boeing 787 Pushed Back Onto Runway After Using Wrong Exit In Kuwait
On 12 March, a KLM Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner arriving in Kuwait from Amsterdam attempted to vacate the runway onto a closed taxiway, stranding passengers on the runway turnoff for half an hour.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 13:30:14 GMT
Canadian Low-Cost Carrier Flair Under Investigation Over Foreign Ownership
Flair Airlines (F8/FLE), the low-cost carrier based in Edmonton, Canada, is under investigation after concerns were raised about whether the company's control remains in Canadian ownership. Any breach of the ownership guidelines could result in a fine and even suspension of Flair's operating license.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 13:00:14 GMT
How Hydrogen Aircraft Will Help Ease Fuel Supply Woes
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused a domino effect across several industries. The aviation market has notably been affected, seeing flight cancellations, diversions, and demand shifts amid safety concerns, airspace bans, and sanctions. One field that is particularly being impacted is fuel. While there has been a motive to shift to alternative energy sources for a while, the current crisis is catalyzing the transition.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 12:55:02 GMT
Complicated Investigation: The Crash Of South African Airways Flight 406
On March 13th, 1967, a South African Airways (SAA) Vickers Viscount aircraft named "Rietbok," with the registration number ZS-CVA crashed into the sea while on approach to East London Airport (ELS). All 25 passengers and crew were killed in the accident, which to this day remains a mystery.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 11:30:14 GMT
Russia Sees Huge Increase In Sukhoi SSJ100 Flights
The rise in SSJ100 flights is based on the last schedule filing over the weekend. There now are 70,376 services planned between March and August, up by 15% (9,203) in a week. It's also the first time monthly flights have passed 10,000, with nearly 14,000 reached.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 11:00:13 GMT
Leeds Bradford To Expand Existing Terminal After New-Build Plans Shelved
Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) in West Yorkshire, UK, has shelved its plans to invest £150 million ($196 million) in building a new terminal. Frustrated by delays to the project, and wanting to avoid a public inquiry, the airport has instead elected to expand its existing terminal. The news comes ahead of a busy year at LBA.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 10:00:14 GMT
How Did The Lockheed L-749 Constellation Differ From The Earlier L-649 Model? The L-649 was Lockheed's first 'real' civilian aircraft. While its predecessor, the L-049, could also operate commercial service, this model was initially designed to be a military transport. However, 20-22 L-649s were built- superseded by the upgraded L-749- of which 119 were produced. Let's look at how these two early passenger transports differed from one another.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 09:30:13 GMT
Tata Group Chairman Resumes Air India Review
In a sign of how vital the revival of Air India is to the Tata Group, Chairman N Chandrasekaran is set to personally review the carrier's revival plans this week. The head of Tata will be in Delhi on Monday and Tuesday to hear from board members and finalize details of a years-long effort to reshape the carrier. Here's the latest.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 09:10:13 GMT
Copa Airlines Seeks To Spread Ticket Cost With New Partnership
California-based buy-now-pay-later solutions firm Uplift is expanding its reach in Central and South America by partnering with Panama's flag carrier Copa Airlines. Passengers flying the airline now have the option to spread out their ticket costs over a period of several months depending upon the plan they choose and use it on several popular destinations.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 08:43:04 GMT
Big Plans: Tata & SIA Inject $65 Million Into Vistara
India's full-service carrier Vistara has received another round of funding from its promoters. The cash infusion is the latest in a series of others and comes ahead of the summer schedule. The airline is also on an expansion mode, hiring more employees, adding more planes, and increasing its network. The extra cash in the pot is expected to help fuel all these plans.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 07:09:39 GMT
Royal Air Maroc Launches Direct Flights To Israel
Royal Air Maroc launched flights to Israel on Sunday with a direct service between Casablanca and Tel Aviv. This is the Moroccan national carrier's first non-stop service since the two nations normalized diplomatic ties in December 2020.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 07:00:14 GMT
Zimbabwe's Air Zim Expects To Join IATA In 3 Months
Air Zimbabwe has announced that it expects to rejoin IATA within three months. After making progress on its unpaid debts, the African carrier hopes to become a member of the IATA Clearing House, a billing and settlement service for the aviation industry.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 05:00:13 GMT
India Initiative: Indore-Gondia-Hyderabad Route Sees New Daily Flights
In a further boost to regional air connectivity in India, a new route was flagged off on March 13th. India’s regional carrier flybig commenced daily flights on the Indore-Gondia-Hyderabad route under the government’s UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme. This also marks the first time that the city of Gondia in the state of Maharashtra has been connected with other cities with a scheduled commercial flight.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 04:24:43 GMT
IATA Wants Intra-EU Travel Restrictions Dropped
Airline industry trade group IATA and Airports Council International (ACI International) have called for all remaining COVID restrictions applying to intra-EU and Schengen zone travel to be dropped. This includes ending mask-wearing for travel within or between States where it is no longer required in other indoor environments, ending testing requirements, and the need to present proof of vaccination or complete a passenger locator form (PLF).

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 04:00:14 GMT
Which Airlines Are Hedged Against Soaring Jet Fuel Prices?
The price of jet fuel has rocketed by more than 35% in the past month and 75% in the last 12 months - a trend that is putting the squeeze on airlines. Supply concerns are driving the oil price upwards, and the cost of refined oil products such as petroleum-based fuels closely tracks the oil price. But some airlines are better protected than others against rising jet fuel prices.

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 01:00:13 GMT
Getting Airbus Off The Ground: A Look At Aérospatiale
Airbus has gone through numerous transformations over the decades. Despite being much younger than its rival Boeing, there have been a number of mergers and transitions within the company. One entity that contributed significantly to the growth of the brand is Aérospatiale.

Sun, 13 Mar 2022 23:00:13 GMT
Jetstar's First Flight To Bali In Two Years Takes Off
After a two-year hiatus, a Jetstar Boeing 787-8 took off for Bali on Monday morning with more than 300 passengers onboard. JQ43 pushed back from Gate 20 at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport mid-morning and signaled a long-awaited return to the popular Indonesian holiday island for the low-cost carrier. Jetstar's flights from Sydney and Perth resume next month, with flights from other Australian cities to follow in May.

Sun, 13 Mar 2022 23:00:13 GMT
Are There Any DC-6 Aircraft Still Flying Today?
Following its pattern of developing popular commercial solutions with the DC series, Douglas introduced the DC-6 to the post-WWII market. By 1949, the plane was flying with the likes of American Airlines, United Airlines, Pan American, Delta Air Lines, National Airlines, and Braniff. With over 70 years in the market, are any units still flying today?

Sun, 13 Mar 2022 21:13:24 GMT
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Sun, 13 Mar 2022 19:25:05 GMT
Breeze Airways Partners With ATP Flight School To Address Pilot Shortages
Breeze Airways this week announced that it is partnering with ATP Flight School to offer a streamlined route for graduates to become a First Officer with the carrier. The Utah-headquartered airline is seeking to provide a solution to the growing shortage of pilots with the move.

Sun, 13 Mar 2022 19:25:02 GMT