Volcanic ash from Tonga eruption moves across Australia

ASh from the violent eruption of Hunga Tonga Volcano is slowing moving across Australia but does not appear to pose a threat to aircraft. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) the ash is at 42,000ft – above the usual flight levels of commercial aircraft. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority […]

Superb video of Airbus A330 refueling a C130

A superb video of a Royal Air Force Airbus A330 refueling a C130 transport has been taken by @CentreSeatOps. Most know the A330 as a very successful Airbus passenger aircraft in operation all over the world. But Airbus has also sold the A330 as an air refueling platform for air forces including the RAF and […]

Omicron Woes: jetBlue Axes 17 Spring Routes

DALLAS – As the industry struggles with Omicron-related interruptions, jetBlue (B6) becomes the fourth US airline to limit its route offering. The New York-based airline, which has the seventh-largest fleet in the US, has cut a number of domestic and international route services from its 2022 schedule, which is sure to trigger some inconvenience for […]

Norse Atlantic Secures DoT Approval for Transatlantic Flights

DALLAS – On January 14, 2022, the US Department of Transportation approved Norse Atlantic Airways’ application to operate transatlantic flights between the US and Norway or the European Union (EU). This is an important milestone for the airline as it is headed towards its first commercial flight this year. “We are thrilled by the Department […]

Air Malta to Cut Half of Its Workforce

DALLAS – The Maltese government has announced that Air Malta (KM) will cut half of its workforce as part of a new cost-cutting plan at the airline. The finance minister announced the government’s plan to prevent KM from going belly up. According to the Times of Malta, the government plans to cut the number of […]

Emirates produces another stunning advert atop the world’s tallest building

Emirates has produced another stunning advert from atop the 828m Burj Khalifa promoting Expo 2020. Like last year’s advert, this one features skydiving instructor Nicole Smith-Ludvik in an Emirates flight attendant uniform. READ: Lazzarini unveils James Bond-style airship/yacht. SEE: Amazing AN225 landing in fog This time she is holding placards promoting Expo 2020 Dubai. “I’m […]

Ryanair Cancels Flights on Seven Routes from Ukraine

DALLAS – Ryanair (FR) has halted flights on seven routes from Ukraine for the month of February amid the ongoing geopolitical turmoil in the region. Lowcostavia.com.ua reports that flights on Lviv–Bari, Lviv–Palermo, Lviv–Turin, Lviv–Bratislava, Kyiv–Bydgoszcz, Kherson–Krakow, and Kherson–Vienna routes “are canceled from February 1 to 28.” Reduced Winter Schedule In December 2021, FR cut 17 […]

Hong Kong Airport to Block Most Transit Flights

DALLAS – Hong Kong will halt transit flights from roughly 150 nations and territories for a month, further isolating the global financial powerhouse. Since the end of last year, the city has seen roughly 50 instances of the fast-spreading Omicron variety. The city had been without local transmissions for over three months prior to the […]

Today in Aviation: British Airways Receives First Concorde

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, British Airways (BA) received its first Supersonic Concorde. G-BOAA was handed over in an official ceremony at London Heathrow (LHR) in 1976. G-BOAA, also known as ‘Alpha Alpha,’ had flown subsonically from Filton Aerodrome (FZO) the previous day. The aircraft would operate the airlines’ first scheduled Concorde service to Bahrain […]

Finnair Reduces February Schedule by 20%, Delays Dallas Inaugural

DALLAS – Finnair (AY) is to reduce its February schedule by 20% and delay its route network expansions due to the spread of the omicron variant. Schedule disruptions have become common as the omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads rapidly worldwide. Airlines globally have struggled to keep up with highly elevated levels of infected staff members, […]

Falko, Embraer to Develop EVTOL Operator Network

DALLAS – Leasing group Falko Regional Aircraft is on the verge of adding 200 Embraer’s Eve Urban Air Mobility four-passenger eVTOL planes to its fleet. The companies stated the deal “contemplates a potential order” for the all-electric aircraft, which are anticipated to enter service in 2026. The aircraft leasing company and the Brazilian airframer also […]

Delta Air Lines Publishes 2021 Financial Results

DALLAS – Delta Air Lines (DL) has published its financial results for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2021 and its outlook for the first quarter of 2022. Q4 2021 was good for DL. The airline announced a pre-tax income of US$170m, and an operating revenue of US$8.4bn. Operating revenue was at 74% of the 2019 […]

LATAM Projects Operation of 72% for January

DALLAS – LATAM Airlines Group’s operational passenger projection for January 2022 is estimated to reach up to 72% (measured in available seat kilometers – ASK) of January 2019 levels in a pre-pandemic context. However, this estimate could be adjusted downwards depending on the increase in cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. According to a […]

UK Newcomer: Hans Airways Signs Letter of Intent for First Aircraft

DALLAS – Hans Airways, a two-year-old start-up airline based in the UK, has signed a letter of intent for its first aircraft, a leased Airbus A330-200. The aircraft, to be leased from Carlyle Aviation Partners, was first delivered to Air Europa in 2008, and operated with the airline until 2018, and has since been stored […]

Qantas Group slashes capacity as Omicron bites down under

The Qantas Group has slashed capacity as Omicron bites down under with 30 per cent of domestic and 10 per cent of international seats cut. The Qantas Group said it now expects domestic capacity for the third quarter of FY22 to be at around 70 per cent of pre-COVID levels, down from the 102 per […]

Embraer Sells Two Portuguese Subsidiaries to Aernnova

DALLAS – Embraer and Spanish aerostructures manufacturer Aernnova have announced a new strategic partnership involving two subsidiaries: Embraer Portugal Estruturas Metálicas (EEM) and Embraer Portugal Estruturas em Compósitos (EEC). The two subsidiaries are located inside the Aeronautical Industry Park of Évora. According to an Embraer press release, Aernnova will acquire all the shares of the […]

Southwest Airlines’ First Black Flight Attendant Passes Away

DALLAS – CJ Bostic, Southwest Airlines’ (WN) first black flight attendant, passed away on Monday at 73, four years after being diagnosed with cancer. She was recruited in the airline’s first year of operations. Bostic was in WN’s third flight attendant training class when she became the airline’s first black flight attendant in 1972, just […]

Passenger Breaches, Damages Cockpit during Boarding

DALLAS – A passenger stormed into and damaged the cockpit of an American Airlines (AA) plane as it was boarding bound for Miami at a Honduran airport. The incident occurred yesterday, Tuesday 10. The suspect raced down the jetway and into the cockpit, breaking flight controls and attempting to leap through an open window while […]

Today in Aviation: Earhart’s First Hawaii Solo Flight

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, iconic aviator Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo between Hawaii and the US mainland in 1935. Using her trusty Lockheed 5C Vega aircraft, she departed Honolulu’s Wheeler Field just before 17:00 local time bound for Oakland, California. The 2,408-mile crossing took her nearly 19 hours to complete. […]

Magnificent drone shots of the world’s biggest plane – the AN225

Magnificent drone shots of the world’s biggest plane – the AN225 – have been taken in Rzeszow (Poland). The images were shot by Robert Neumann / From the Sky. WATCH: Lazzarini’s James Bond-style Yacht/Airship concept.  SEE: Geoffrey Thomas discusses groundbreaking MH370 tracking. READ: After the Qantas Airbus order Boeing must rethink the 737 MAX.   […]

Lazzarini unveils amazing James Bond styled airship yacht concept video

Lazzarini has unveiled an amazing “James Bond styled” airship yacht concept. Called Air Yacht, the extravagant vehicle has been revealed in concept images from Rome-based firm Lazzarini Design Studio according to a Daily Mail report. According to the website, “the dry carbon fibre structure can reach 60 knots thanks to four solar-powered electric propellers and […]

Boeing sells 909 aircraft in 2021 as it picks up speed

Boeing has sold 909 aircraft in 2021 as it picks up speed with 737 MAX orders. Leading the pack is the 737 MAX which had gross sales of 749 aircraft to 18 customers over the five models including six new operators. There are now 475 aircraft flying with 35 customers and cumulatively the MAX has […]

London Heathrow: Return to Normal Travel “Years away”

DALLAS – London Heathrow Airport (LHR) chief executive John Holland-Kaye cautioned that a return to normal travel “may be years away.” The CEO of the UK’s busiest airport highlighted the industry’s problems and the unpredictability that travelers face. In 2021, only 19.4 million passengers traveled through LHR, down 12.3% from 2020 at the start of […]

Qantas Returns Superjumbo A380 to Service

DALLAS – Qantas (QF) is operating its first flight with the Superjumbo A380 since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ‘Airboss’ is back in service on the route from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) and Los Angeles International (LAX). This first passenger flight marks the end of the A380 fleet grounding at QF. A […]

Leisure Airline SunExpress Unveils Summer Schedule

DALLAS – SunExpress (XQ) has confirmed a number of summer flights to Turkey from Gatwick (LGW), Luton (LTN), Manchester (MAN), Birmingham (BHX), and Edinburgh (EDI). The leisure airline, which is a joint venture between Lufthansa (LH) and Turkish Airlines (TK), will fly to Antalya, Dalaman, and Izmir up to seven times per week. It will […]

Qatar Airways celebrates 25 Years with super sale

It’s Qatar Airways 25th birthday but you get the presents! The multi-award-winning airline has great savings on flight tickets, seat selection, extra baggage allowance, hotel bookings, and car rental, for seven days starting January 12th 2022. And passengers joining the airline’s award-winning loyalty programme, Privilege Club, using the enrolment promo code FLYQR22 will instantly earn […]

Canadian Jazz Terminates Dash 8-300 Operations

DALLAS – On January 9, 2022, Halifax, Canada-based Jazz (QK) retired all of its remaining DHC-8-300 amid an airline fleet consolidation. On its last day of operations, the regional carrier had six of the type in service. Between 2008 and 2017, it had a fleet of twenty-eight DHC-8-300s, which has subsequently been significantly reduced, according […]