8/08/2007: Virgin America Operates Maiden Flight

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, Virgin America (VX) operated its inaugural flight from New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX) to San Francisco (SFO) in 2007. After successes with Virgin Atlantic (VS) and Virgin Blue (VA) – now Virgin Australia, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson planned to emulate this in the United States. “Virgin USA” was […]

Qantas Asks Bosses to Become Baggage Handlers

DALLAS – Qantas (QF) has appealed to its senior executives to swap their boardrooms for baggage halls to work as baggage handlers for three months to tackle an acute labour shortage. The airline hopes to recruit at least 100 volunteers to work in these temporary roles for three or five days per week, either four […]

Take Off for Akasa Air

DALLAS – India’s newest low-cost carrier Akasa Air (QP), has taken to the skies for the first time. The maiden flight QP1101 departed Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM) early on Sunday morning for a domestic flight to Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD). The inaugural route is scheduled to operate 26 times […]

Edinburgh Airport Transatlantic Traffic Returns to Pre-pandemic Levels

DALLAS – Edinburgh Airport (EDI) has almost fully recovered its international passenger numbers, reporting that its transatlantic flights are back to 2019 levels. Flights to and from the UK and inside the Common Travel Area, which includes Ireland and the Channel Islands, have recovered more slowly, with traffic in June only reaching 65% of pre-COVID […]

8/06/1986: Maiden Flight of the BAe ATP

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, the prototype British Aerospace (BAe) ATP operated its maiden flight from Woodford, UK in 1986. Piloted by Test Pilot Robbie Robinson, G-MATP took off at 10:00 hrs. Despite poor weather conditions, the 2-hour, 40-minute flight was a complete success. The ‘Advanced Turboprop’ (ATP) can trace its history back to the […]

Lufthansa, Union Reach Wage Deal for Ground Staff

DALLAS – A week after a single-day strike that prompted Lufthansa (LH) to cancel more than 1,000 flights, the carrier and a union that represents German ground personnel came to a settlement on wages. The agreement between LH and the Ver.di service workers’ union calls for one-time payments of €200 (US$203) per worker that are […]

Air Canada Cargo to Add Boeing 777Fs, Drones to Fleet

DALLAS – Air Canada (AC) is going big in the freight market. The airline said that it would add two factory-built Boeing 777 freighters to its fleet. These planes are in addition to the two converted Boeing 767 freighters currently in service. The two new jets should be in service in 2024. The Canadian carrier […]

World’s First Airline to Use a 3-Door Disembarkation

DALLAS – While most of us disembark an aircraft from the front left door or occasionally from a back door, the latter of which is most often the case with budget carriers, India’s largest airline, IndiGo (6E), has launched its very own 3-point disembarkation method. The new disembarking process will allow 6E’s passengers to exit […]

8/05/1971: American Airlines Places DC-10 into Service

The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 overcame its initial bad reputation and carried passengers until 2014. Photo: The Smithsonian Institute A Reliable Aircraft The FAA subsequently grounded the DC-10. However, after its return to service, the type became a reliable aircraft, with a safety record comparable to its peers such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A300.  American […]

IATA BLAMES AIRPORTS AS TRAFFIC SURGES

Airline passenger numbers are soaring but many airports are hampering growth claims the International Air Transport Association. In June passenger traffic soared 76.2 per cent compared to the year-ago period but is only 70.8 per cent of pre-crisis levels. Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General lashed out at airports that are capping passenger numbers due to […]

Hans Airways Receives its First Aircraft

DALLAS – The UK’s newest start-up airline Hans Airways has received its first aircraft. The ex-Air Europa Airbus A330-200 (G-KJAS) arrived at its Birmingham Airport (BHX) base from Palma de Mallorca (PMI) on August 2. The airline’s CEO Satnam Saini, COO Nathan Burkitt and CCO Martin Dunn welcomed the jet upon arrival. It will now […]

Italian Government Asks ITA Bidders to Improve Proposals

DALLAS – The Italian Government has demanded that bidders for the new national carrier ITA Airways (AZ) improve their proposals after the country’s Economy Minister, Daniele Franco, stated they did not believe the bids were sufficient. Italy’s caretaker Prime Minister Mario Draghi, has said he wants his administration to complete the sale of the airline […]

Rolls-Royce Announces £111M Loss

DALLAS – Rolls-Royce has announced an underlying loss of £111 million before tax for the first half of 2022. The company blamed pressures from soaring inflation brought on by the war in Ukraine and supply chain issues, which it believes will continue throughout the year. Shares in the FTSE 100 company fell by 10.5% to […]

Embraer Publishes Second Quarter 2022 Earnings Results

DALLAS – Brazilian aerospace company Embraer consolidated revenues of US$1,018.9m in the second quarter of 2022, representing a decrease of 9.9% y-o-y. Revenue was mostly driven by lower deliveries in Commercial and Defense & Security and partially offset by higher revenues in Services & Support. Embraer’s commercial aviation arm reported a revenue reduction of 23% […]

Wizzair to Launch Four New Routes From Warsaw

DALLAS – Europe’s third largest low-cost carrier Wizzair (W6), has announced it will launched four new routes from its Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) base. For the winter 2022/2023 season, W6 will start flights to Valencia (VLC), Spain, on December 12; Aqaba (AQJ), Jordan, on December 13 and Venice (VCE), Italy, on December 14. Bilbao (BIO), […]

CASA INCREASES INSPECTIONS ON FOREIGN AIRLINES

Civil Aviation Safety Authority inspectors are conducting random inspections known as ramp checks aimed at ensuring foreign registered aircraft and crew meet global and Australian safety requirements as airlines return to Australia. The end of COVID restrictions has seen a steady rise in international flights to Australia and a corresponding increase in workload for CASA’s […]

SUPERB VIDEO OF AN A330 LANDING IN FOG

Airplane Pictures has just posted a superb video taken from the cockpit of an A330 of a fog landing. Enjoy!! An Airbus A330 landing with fog g.bozzo pic.twitter.com/0IqopegzAi — Airplane Pictures (@ilove_aviation) August 3, 2022 READ: Tim Clark: I would build another A380 only twice the size. SEE: Geoffrey Thomas discusses airport chaos About AirlineRatings.com […]

Interview: Semi-Private Aviation with Aero CEO Uma Subramanian

DALLAS – The stark division between commercial airlines and exclusive private jet operators epitomizes the status quo of the travel industry—one that is being steadily disrupted by semi-private aviation, a concept promising to combine the exclusivity of private jet operators with the accessibility of commercial airliners. As a flagship in the burgeoning sector, Aero promises […]

Iberia Returns to Caracas with Direct Winter Routes

DALLAS – Spanish airline Iberia (LB) will resume direct flights to Caracas (CCS) starting in November with a frequency of three flights per week, The airline also made it clear that direct flights to Rio de Janeiro would resume with a frequency of three flights each week. Other IB routes to resume include La Habana […]

Air Canada Reports Second Quarter Results

DALLAS – Air Canada (AC) today reported its second quarter 2022 financial results. Highlights include operating revenue of CA$3.981bn, an operating loss of CA$253m, free cash flow of CA$441m, and unrestricted liquidity of over CA$10.5bn. The operating loss is the narrowest quarterly loss since the beginning of the pandemic. “The past three months have been […]

Airbus Axes Qatar Airways A350 Order

DALLAS – Airbus has canceled Qatar Airways’ whole outstanding Airbus A350 order. Although neither business has made an official statement, Reuters cites two industry sources. The order cancellation is related to the significant legal disagreement between the two businesses over the state of the Airbus A350s. While Airbus maintains that the damage is only cosmetic, […]

8/03/1994: First Jordanian Plane Flies over Israeli Airspace

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, King Hussein flew his royal aircraft across Israeli airspace, marking the first time that a Jordanian airplane had ever flown over Israeli airspace. In the midst of a Middle East peace process in 1994, King Hussein of Jordan flew his royal aircraft across Israeli airspace. The flight opened the door […]

Etihad Firms up A350 Freighter order

DALLAS – Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways (EY) has firmed up its order for seven Airbus A350F Freighters to be used by its cargo division. The move follows the signing of a letter of intent for the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97-powered aircraft at the Singapore Air Show in February. “In building one of the world’s youngest and […]

GEOFFREY THOMAS TALKS ABOUT INDUSTRY PROBLEMS

Airlineratings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas has appeared on Ticker News to discuss the problems facing the airline industry across the globe. There is an unprecedented raft of issues confronting the industry and experts say that it will take between 12 and 24 months to solve these issues. READ: Bloomberg uses absurd data to lash airlines READ: […]

PELOSI’S TAIWAN FLIGHT WAS THE MOST FOLLOWED ON FR24

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi’s flight to Taiwan is the most watched on record on Flightradar 24. The website said that “from the time it lifted off from Kuala Lumpur at 15:42 local time, SPAR19 was already the most tracked flight on Flightradar24 among active flights. By the time it landed in […]

Southern Indian City of Chennai to Get a New Airport

Chennai Airport. Photo: Tshrinivasan – Own work, DALLAS – The southern Indian city of Chennai, formerly known as Madras, has seen its airport (MAA) last nine decades since its establishment in 1932. Well, the Chennai International Airport operation period is nearing its end, and the city needs a new airport for the future.  Chennai International […]

Antonov Airlines Renames Aircraft after Ukrainian Cities

DALLAS – As Ukrainian manufacturer Antonov Design Bureau also happens to run its very own mega-sized freight carrier, Antonov Airlines (ADB) has renamed much of its fleet after Ukrainian cities that were casualties of the Russian invasion. The campaign goes by the motto, “Be Brave Like Ukraine.” The airlines’ latest social media post states the […]