Lufthansa Cargo Ends MD-11F Operations after Two Decades

MIAMI – Lufthansa Cargo (LH) is set to retire its only remaining Boeing MD-11F next Monday after operating the trijet for more than two decades. Since 1998, the airline has operated 19 MD-11Fs, most of which are still operating for other cargo airlines based in the US while the other remaining ones have been scrapped […]

Today in Aviation: Maiden Flight of the Lockheed L-1011-500 Tristar

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the last variant of the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, the -500 took to the skies for the first time in 1978. The long-range variant was launched in August 1976 capable of flying up to 6,100nm (11,260km). It had a 4.1m (13ft 6in) shorter fuselage than its predecessors, a larger wingspan, higher […]

Stunning video of the restoration of Red Bull’s fabulous DC-6B

A stunning video has been made of the restoration of Red Bull’s fabulous DC-6B. The DC-6, built by the Douglas Aircraft Company, is the finest four-engine piston engine aircraft ever built – the best being its older sibling the twin-engine DC-3. Built in the 1940s and 50s the Red Bull aircraft was the second last […]

USA opens up to vaccinated international travellers

The USA is opening up to vaccinated international travelers from November 8 following the Biden Administration’s announcement that it will lift travel restrictions on foreign nationals that have been in place since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines said that “the reopening of international travel will allow for […]

Stunning 747 cockpit photograph from Captain van Heijst

Captain Christiaan van Heijst has taken a stunning 747 cockpit photograph with the northern lights making it look like a spaceship. Christiaan takes up the story. “The bridge of a flagship, two pilots, six windows, and a view that’s second to none. Some pilots prefer to keep the bright floodlights on to ‘stay awake’ while […]

Munich Airport, Urban-Air Port Partner for eVTOL Infrastructure

MIAMI – Munich International Airport (MUC) and Urban-Air Port (UAP) have announced a partnership to build eVTOL ground infrastructure and airport operations that will allow electric air taxis to take off and land vertically. The partners plan to combine MUC’s considerable airport knowledge and operational experience with UAP’s unique ground infrastructure technologies and solutions to […]

Air Canada to Resume South America Service, Increase Capacity

MIAMI – Air Canada (AC) has announced an expansion in service to many key South American destinations from its Toronto and Montreal hubs, as it continues to rebuild its worldwide network. Service to So Paulo, Brazil, will begin on December 8 with four weekly flights year-round, while service to Brazil’s financial capital from Toronto will […]

Italian Flag Carrier ITA Airways Is Born

MIAMI – The new Italian flag carrier ITA Airways (AZ) is born today in Rome with a “startup DNA” that looks to efficiency and innovation. The new airline states in today’s press release that it wants to place customers at the center of its strategy, its internal governance plans, and processes, through a strong digitalization […]

Bonza’s Kazakh roots underscore business plan

Bonza CEO Tim Jordan at FlyArystan. Rather than an impediment COVID-19 has presented Bonza Airlines with a prime opportunity to get launched with the current situation aiding its expansion plans of filling the void in the Australian air routes, Mr Gardner said. “Bonza Airlines is well-positioned to fill the void left by Tigerair’s exit and […]

Norwegian announces the end of face masks

The post Flight Global is reporting that Norwegian has announced that travelers on its domestic operations and on services between Norway, Sweden, and Denmark will no longer be required to wear face masks, with reports suggesting other airlines in the region are set to follow suit. ”Norwegian’s attitude has been to maintain the mask requirement […]

Air New Zealand adds quarantine free flights to NSW

Following the New South Wales Government announcement, Air New Zealand has added quarantine-free flights from Auckland – Sydney for Australian citizens or permanent residents. From November 5, Air New Zealand will start with two flights per week on Fridays and Sundays, and from December 1, this will increase to six flights per week to deliver […]

Qantas brings forward international flights to November 1

Qantas will bring forward the restart of its international flights by two weeks to November 1, 2021, after the Australian and New South Wales governments confirmed borders will reopen on that date. Qantas has also welcomed the decision by the NSW Government to remove quarantine arrangements for fully vaccinated arrivals. The airline said that it […]

You’ve Purchased an Airline. Now What Happens?

MIAMI – The ink is dry on the check and you’ve handed it over to the seller. Now what? Last week, the Tata Group, an international conglomerate, agreed to take over bankrupt and debt-ridden Air India (AI) from the Indian government. The deal was valued at US $2.4bn. Tata receives the assets of the airline […]

Air France Ramps up Winter Schedule to 182 Destinations

MIAMI – Air France (AF) continues to rebuild its network with an offering of 182 destinations this winter, including 87 long-haul trips. The airline will launch new long-haul services from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Muscat (from October 31), Colombo (1 November), Zanzibar (18 October), and Banjul (1 November). Air France will also resume several […]

Addio! Alitalia Flies for the Last Time

MIAMI – Alitalia (AZ) takes to the skies one last time today before handing over the reins to ITA, Italy’s new national carrier, which begins service tomorrow. Flight AZ1586 departs Cagliari, Sardinia (CAG), to land for the last time in Rome (FCO). After COVID-19 drove the final nail in the coffin for the long-struggling carrier, the […]

Today in Aviation: Compagnie Corse Mediterranee Rebranded As Air Corsica

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, French regional airline Compagnie Corse Mediterranee (CCM) is rebranded as Air Corsica (XK) in 2010.  Founded in 1989 by Corsican politician Pierre-Philippe Ceccaldi, the airline was established on the grounds of Ajaccio – Campo dell’Oro Airport in Ajaccio, today Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport (AJA), Corsica, France, with the aim of […]

Delta boss wary of rising fuel prices

Delta Air Lines expects revenues to hit more than 70 percent of 2019 levels in the December quarter but chief executive Ed Bastian has warned rising fuel costs are undermining profitability. Delta recorded its first quarterly profit since the start of the pandemic in the September quarter with a pre-tax result of $US216 million when […]

ANA flights to celebrate 10 years of Dreamliner service

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner entering service with special commemorative flights on October 31. ANA was the launch customer for the Dreamliner in 2011 after placing its first order in 2004. Today it operates 76 of the aircraft – 36 787-8s, 38 787-9s and two 787-10s. […]

American, JetBlue flyers start to see alliance benefits

American Airlines loyalty scheme members will be able to redeem miles for JetBlue flights from next month after this week gaining access to elite benefits such as priority check-in, boarding and baggage. The ability to redeem miles will make American AAdvantage the only US loyalty program to allow earning opportunities across three US carriers: American, […]

IATA boss says eased UK entry requirements need to be simpler still

The UK may have moved to simplify its entry requirements, but International Air Transport Association (IATA) boss Willie Walsh wants them made even simpler. Walsh accused the UK government, which last week slashed its list of red countries and eased entry restrictions, of failing to capitalize on early vaccination success by continuing to restrict travel […]

Inside Jet Engines: Predicting Molten Droplet Solidification

MIAMI – Understanding the solidification process of molten droplets can help develop a universal model to predict their deposition in jet engines.  The deposition of molten particles on the interior surface of jet engines can cause significant damage and degrade the performance of the engine. Now, scientists from Japan successfully simulated the solidification process of […]

The Cascading Cause of Southwest Airlines’ Delays

MIAMI – Industry experts say Southwest Airlines’ (WN) point-to-point route network makes it more vulnerable to broad problems than other carriers. According to Henry Harteveldt, president of the Atmosphere Research Group, flight delays produce cascading complications at each flight’s subsequent stops, and the airline had scheduled more flights than it could handle. Southwest’s pilot union […]

Boeing Max deliveries on an upward track

The number of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft heading to customers continued to rise in the third quarter as the US aerospace company delivered a total of 85 commercial aircraft. However, there were no 787 deliveries as the company continued to grapple with production issues. Figures released Tuesday show the aerospace giant delivered 66  Max family […]

AstraZeneca posied to get green light for US travel

US health officials have said people immunized with AstraZeneca will be able to visit America when travel restrictions change next month. Several media outlets quoted the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a saying people will be able to fly to the States if they’ve received shots of vaccines approved or recognized for emergency […]

Geoffrey Thomas discusses Bonza on Ch7’s Sunrise

Airlineratings.com’s Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas discusses new start-up Bonza with Channel 7’s Sunrise hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr. READ: Qatar gets green light for UK flights READ: New technology tracking of MH370 to start.  SEE: Geoffrey Thomas on Australia’s border openings The Oxford Dictionary defines the meaning of the adjective Bonza as “excellent; first rate”. […]

Gossamar wings take solar Airbus drone to world record height

Eat your heart out Icarus —  the Airbus Zephyr S is not only flying closer to the sun but it’s staying up there for extended missions. While it looks like a gust of strong wind would be its undoing, the solar-powered Zephyr is proving its mettle after a successful test campaign saw it establish a […]

Airport Modernizations Offer Unique Partnering Opportunities

MIAMI – Airports in America are undergoing significant changes as focus has shifted to long-overdue, critical needs related to modernization. Finally, there is funding for these efforts. Public officials are preparing to launch thousands of projects with objectives related to expansion, safety, increased efficiency, and compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules. Most of the […]