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China’s domestic flights nearly recovered, US remains 45% down

An air traffic assessment released by EUROCONTROL revealed staggering differences in domestic flight recovery throughout different continents. The US is halfway there, while China has almost reached pre-COVID levels on August 25, 2020....


American to cut domestic network to 15 US cities

American Airlines announced to be removing services to 15 cities in the United States due to low demand. The network cuts come into effect starting from October 7, 2020....


American Airlines to double cargo-only flights in September

American Airlines plans to operate over 1,000 cargo-only flights in September 2020, essentially doubling its air freight services compared to August....


Southwest deems armrests as low-touch areas

Southwest Airlines is retiring its extra aircraft cleaning procedures previously enacted due to the COVID-19 outbreak....


Singapore Airlines bets on non-stop services expansion to the US

Singapore Airlines (SIA) continues to expand its non-stop services, focusing on the Southeast Asia-U.S. market. The flag carrier has launched the first non-stop flight from Seattle, Washington, to Singapore, operated by Airbus A350 XWB, the airline’s go-to aircraft for non-stop services....


RAF Red Arrows join USAF Thunderbirds in stunning NYC flypast

The British Royal Air Force “Red Arrows” Aerobatic Team, led by the United States Air Force “Thunderbirds” Air Demonstration Squadron, performed a stunning display over the Big Apple on August 22, 2019, painting the New York’s skyline in red, white and blue smoke trails. Hundreds of thousands of onlookers watched as the formation of 19 aircraft flew down the Hudson River and around the Statue of Liberty in what has b...


Southwest in “operational emergency” as dozens jets grounded

If the delay of the FAA’s authorization for Southwest’s Hawaii service launch as well as the fallout from the shocking in-flight tragedy in which a passenger was killed last year were not enough, Southwest has now been hit with another major setback. On Friday, February 15, 2019, news emerged that Southwest has declared an “operational emergency” after a significant number of aircraft were taken out of service for maintena...


Southwest and off to Hawaii: soaring past range in test flight

Southwest has begun conducting test flights to Hawaii as it seeks regulatory approval to start its long-anticipated service to the popular travel destination. The airline carried out a one-time non-stop flight to Honolulu on February 5, 2019, using one of its Boeing 737s with plans to conduct a second flight the following day, and this time, passing the distance limit of its jetliners....


Qatar Airways reaches Open Skies deal with the EU

Updated. While the fiery dispute between U.S. legacy carriers and three major Gulf airlines continues to rage, the focus of Qatar Airways has now shifted to Europe. Reuters reported early on February 5, 2019, that the State of Qatar and the European Union (EU) are getting closer to finalizing a comprehensive air services agreement. The deal was signed later in the day, hailed by Qatar Airways chief as a "landmark" agreeme...


Full throttle: Vietnam scrambles to achieve FAA safety rating

Reports indicate the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) could grant Category 1 rating to Vietnam “soon”, allowing the Southeast Asian nation’s airlines to fly to the U.S. and codeshare with American carriers. Vietnam’s efforts to gain the top safety ranking have been backed by U.S. giant Boeing, as the country’s airlines are major customers of both Boeing and Airbus jets....