Monthly Archives: August 2017

Southwest Airlines receives its first Boeing 737 MAX 8

Southwest Airlines took delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 737 MAX 8. Southwest is the first airline in the United States to receive the 737 MAX, and the carrier expects to take delivery of eight more MAX aircraft in the coming weeks with the intent to launch nine MAX aircraft into revenue service throughout its […]

Qantas plans direct flights from Australia to UK and US by 2022

Qantas has announced it is investigating direct flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York by 2022. A direct flight would cut total journey time by up to four hours on Sydney-London and almost three hours on Melbourne-New York. If accomplished, this 20-hour non-stop journey would be longest commercial flight. In […]

EASA warns about A350-941 explosion risk, orders checks

A warning of the highest level of urgency has been issued by the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) for the new Airbus A350-941, which was introduced to service in 2014. The air worthiness directive (2017-0154-E) was issued due to a hydraulic fluid cooling system problem, which, if not solved, could potentially lead to an engine […]

Russian FATA denies rumors about plans to cancel 5000 licenses

Russian commercial aviation pilot training programs, approved before January 1, 2016, will be deemed invalid. The order of the Federal Air Transport Agency (FATA) of 2006, which approved training programs for commercial aviation pilots in higher education institutions, has been annulled. Russian media wrote that about 5000 active pilots, who had graduated private and state […]

Saudi Arabia offers to fly Qataris to Mecca as crisis continues

Saudi Arabia has allowed Qatar pilgrims to enter the country through Salwa border crossing in order to facilitate the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Meanwhile, the political crisis in the region is far from over, as Qatar does not seem too excited about the second part of the offer – allowing Saudi planes into the country to […]

Lufthansa to overtake up to 90 Air Berlin aircraft

Air Berlin applied for insolvency on August 15, and sales negotiations for the second-largest German airline are scheduled for August 18. The German market leader Lufthansa wants to secure a large part of the aircraft: up to 90 of the 144 airplanes operated by Air Berlin. The German flag carrier would then fly them under […]

airberlin files for insolvency | German Government offers support | airberlin continues flight operations

airberlin has filed to commence insolvency proceedings under self-administration at the local District Court (Amtsgericht) of Berlin-Charlottenburg, in order to continue with the restructuring process that is already underway. The Federal German Government, Lufthansa and other partners are supporting the airline in its restructuring efforts. The Federal Government is supporting airberlin with a bridging loan […]

Emirates to deploy extra flights for the upcoming Hajj season

Emirates will be operating extra flights to Jeddah to help facilitate travel for thousands of pilgrims this year heading to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Hajj.  Emirates will be operating 45 additional flights to Jeddah and 12 additional flights to Medina from 17 August until 11 September to help serve the 2 […]

Virgin Atlantic Cargo appoints Alliance Ground International to handle growing San Francisco volumes

Virgin Atlantic Cargo has appointed Alliance Ground International (AGI) as its cargo handler in San Francisco to support its growing operations at the U.S West Coast airport. The airline operates twice-daily services connecting London Heathrow and San Francisco and added another three direct flights a week from Manchester at the end of March, the only […]

Emirates ramps up services to Cairo

Airline offers four additional weekly flights from 29th October 2017. Emirates, the world’s best airline according to TripAdvisor, will increase capacity on its services to Egypt from 29th October 2017, with the launch of four additional scheduled flights every week to Cairo. The four new flights will increase the number of frequencies between the two […]