Runway to smart, sustainable and safe restart

The new trans-Tasman bubble is a runway to a smart, sustainable, and safe restart of the airline network in South-Esat Asia says Subhas Menon, Director General, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines. Below is Mr. Menon’s opinion piece published in full. “To the casual observer, the Asian aviation industry should be close to collapse after the […]

Qantas Touches Down in New Zealand Just After Travel Bubble Opens

MIAMI – The Trans-Tasman travel bubble opened at 23:59 local time and a Qantas (QF) Airbus A330-300 was on approach and lands in Auckland (AKL) just 41 minutes after the travel ban between the two countries was lifted. A first quarantine exempted flight after travel between the two countries was banned for the past 12 […]

IAI converts first Boeing 777-300ER to cargo plane

LONDON – Tel Aviv-based Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has converted a Boeing 777-300ER to a cargo plane for the first time. The aircraft will be called Boeing 777-300ERSF (which stands for Special Freighter). The conversion took place in close contact with well-known American leasing company GECAS. On April 15, Israel’s Independence Day, the type made […]

American Airlines Adds Boeing 787 Flights to Orlando

MIAMI – American Airlines (AA) will begin flying its Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Orlando International Airport to match greater demand this summer. American Airlines in summer 2021 expects to fly 90% of its domestic seat capacity compared to summer 2019 in anticipation of strong demand. With this recovery in the domestic and leisure market, the […]

Poste Air Cargo Launches International Service

MIAMI – Poste Air Cargo (M4), an Italian cargo carrier, launched an inaugural international cargo service between Italy and Israel on April 10, according to ch-aviation. Departing from Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO), the Boeing 737-400(F) registered as EI-GUA eventually touched down at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV). The service is operating on a […]

I flew on Southwest and Alaska, the two airlines competing to be the best of the West Coast and the winner is abundantly clear

Summary List Placement The West Coast of the US stretches more than 1,000 miles with no shortage of major cities from San Diego to Seattle. All the major US airlines serve this important region of the country but two are battling for dominance, Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Alaska is based in Seattle, although its […]

I visited the newly renovated AmEx Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas airport and it was the best way to spend a layover in Sin City

Summary List Placement Las Vegas is home to one of American Express’ 14 Centurion Lounges, widely considered to be the gold standard of airport lounges because of their high-end offerings including complimentary and meticulous crafted food items and alcoholic beverages. The lounge is located in the airport’s D gate concourse, home to United Airlines, Frontier […]

Iberia to Start Flight to the Maldives this Summer

MIAMI – Spain’s national carrier, Iberia (IB) has confirmed its plans to launch flights to the Maldives in time for this summer. From July to August, the Spanish airline will fly to this desired island. Moreover, The airline is currently awaiting the Maldivian government approval to begin operations. According to international media, once Maldivian governments […]

Take a magic carpet ride back to the golden era of flying

Filmgate.com has a superb video that will transport you back to the magic golden era of flying. The stock footage, used by movie studios, covers various locations in the golden era of flying that include New York, Tokyo, Paris and Rio. READ: Qatar Airways a standout for COVID-19 safety. You will see DC-4s, DC-6s, DC-7s, […]

Air Nostrum Aiming for €103m in State Aid

MIAMI – Air Nostrum (YW) is aiming to obtain €103m in State aid from the Spanish government to sustain regional air service, according to Aviation24.be. The carrier claims that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has acted as a drag on recovery, touting the funding as necessary to keep staff employed while maintaining service. The airline, reporting […]

After taking 13 flights on Frontier Airlines, I’ve figured how to get the best experience for the cheapest price. Here’s what to know.

Summary List Placement Frontier Airlines is one of the country’s fastest-growing airlines with a sprawling network that always seems to be adding new routes.  The airline’s strategy is offering flyers cheap non-stop flights to leisure destinations, and that’s in demand now that Americans are raring to get back in the air following an extended pandemic. […]

Experts reveals the best way to avoid out-of-control rental car fees as America is hit with massive nationwide shortages

Summary List Placement A rental car could consume the bulk of your vacation budget if you don’t plan ahead, experts warn. Airline and hotel costs are still lower than pre-pandemic prices, Nerdwallet recently reported. But right now, the US is facing a massive rental-car shortage that’s causing vehicles to either sell out or sell for […]

Airbnb’s CEO says the company will need millions more hosts to deal with a post-pandemic travel boom ‘unlike anything we’ve ever seen’

Summary List Placement Airbnb will need millions of new hosts to meet demand as the world exits the pandemic, CEO Brian Chesky told CNBC on Friday. “To meet the demand over the coming years, we’re going to need millions more hosts,” Chesky told the network’s Deirdre Bosa on air.  As the world tiptoes out of […]

ExpressJet Back in the Market Sooner than Expected

MIAMI – ExpressJet (XE) plans to return to the market, as stated in a January announcement from the airline, and it wants to do it soon. The carrier, based in Atlanta (ATL) at the moment with one single aircraft, a leased 50 seater Embraer ERJ145 registered as N12135 according to Planespotters, filed a request at […]

Amex Delta Reserve credit card review: Best for Delta loyalists who want airport lounge access and premium perks

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express CardSummary List Placement  Review: Is the Delta Reserve credit card the best card for you? American Express issues seven personal and small-business Delta credit cards to suit every type of traveler. The Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card is the most premium of the personal cards and currently offers a […]

Chateauroux, an Airport Where Crises Is Business

MIAMI – The pandemic has meant and still means dire times for airports, with all traffic having taken a downturn since last year and the light at the end of the tunnel not in view. However, there are exceptions and Chateauroux Airport (CHR) is one of them. Traffic at CHR is going steady and business […]

Frontier Airlines Starts Miami-San Salvador Service

MIAMI – Ultra-low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines (F9) has announced it is starting services between Miami (MIA) and San Salvador (SAL), as part of an expansion that added five new destinations from South Florida’s main airport. As stated in a company press release made public on April 15, “the new routes expand Frontier’s MIA service to […]

The 8 best hotels in Myrtle Beach for an affordable summer beach vacation

  Summary List PlacementTable of Contents: Masthead Sticky Named for its natural abundance of crape myrtle trees, Myrtle Beach has fast become one of the most developed spots along a stretch of East Coast known as the Grand Strand. Myrtle Beach is very much a casual, family-focused resort town, with 60 miles of brown sand […]

Bangladesh Closes Airspace over Covid-19 Fears

MIAMI – The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) announced on April 14 the closure of its airspace to all flights, both domestic and international, until April 21. Apart from flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG), which provides international passenger and cargo services to Asia and Europe, as well as major domestic routes inside Bangladesh, Emirates Airlines (EK), flydubai […]

South African Airways Appoints New Interim CEO

MIAMI – South African Airways (SA) has appointed Thomas Kgokolo as its third interim CEO in three years. Kgokolo took office on April 13. As published by Air Journal, he is the thirteenth person to hold the position in the past twelve years of SA’s troubled history. Thomas Kgokolo has a background as a chartered […]

The CDC’s suggestion to block middle seats on planes is flawed but I’m still in favor of it after taking 32 flights during the pandemic

Summary List Placement Airlines seemed to flat out reject a new suggestion from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday that middle seats should be blocked in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The airlines cited more recent studies that prove the efficacy of mask-wearing and air filters on aircraft.  “Since the […]

A ‘perfect storm’ is causing massive rental car shortages and prices are skyrocketing up to $700 per day in popular destinations

Summary List Placement A rental car shortage is currently pummeling the US, and may only get worse as travel continues to increase across the country. Mass vaccinations and easing travel restrictions have been pushing more people to travel again. As of now, airline and hotel costs are still relatively low compared to pre-COVID-19 prices, according […]

Delta CEO Ed Bastian declares ‘it’s absolutely safe to sit in the middle seat’ in defiance of CDC suggesting airlines should block them

Summary List Placement Delta Air Lines is holding firm on its commitment to end a year-long middle seat block despite a newly released report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that recommends keeping middle seats open to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  CEO Ed Bastian appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” Thursday […]

Alaska Airlines, SkyNRG to Produce SAF from Solid Waste

MIAMI – Alaska Airlines (AS) has signed a partnership with SkyNRG that aims to advance the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in its aircraft. As stated in a company press release yesterday, both companies signed “a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing to increased investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF),” adding that the agreement “builds […]

Turkish Airlines Flies the Boeing 737 MAX Again

LONDON – Following the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Boeing 737 MAX ban lift, Turkish Airlines (TK) resumed flights with the type today. The airline has an order for 75 Boeing 737 MAX jets. The First of a Long Series The aircraft, which departed today from Istanbul airport to Ankara, is the very first […]

DHL Announces Major Asian Pacific Expansion

MIAMI – Leading international cargo carrier DHL (D0) is expanding its routes in Asia and the Pacific to the US and Europe to meet the growing demand for freight services. To do so, D0 counts on its fleet of Boeing 777F freighters, offering up to 2,350 tons of weekly capacity, allowing for increased delivery speed. […]

Hong Kong Revises Quarantine Rules for Freighter Crews

MIAMI – Cargo flight crews who have not received COVID-19 vaccinations may now skip the required quarantine – as long as they are arriving from one of six countries deemed to be “low risk.” The South China Morning Post reports today that in addition to the quarantine skip, fully-vaccinated arriving crews may bypass isolation regardless […]