Bill Franke and Indigo Partners: Making Huge Splashes in the Desert

MIAMI – People who have lots of money often like to make conspicuous displays of their wealth. And folks who have airplanes typically like to do the same. So, what happens when someone has both money AND airplanes? The biggest splash coming out of the first few days of the 2021 Dubai Air Show was […]

Today in Aviation: General Electric’s GE90 Enters Service

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the General Electric GE90, seen on the Boeing 777, entered service in 1995, changing the way aircraft were powered. The engines first took flight on a British Airways (BA) trip between London Heathrow (LHR) and Dubai Airport (DXB). GE noted at the time that the engine was the most reliable […]

Full video of Boeing 777X’s stunning flying display

Boeing has released more vision of its 777X’s stunning flying display at this week’s Dubai Air Show. Our #777X put on an impressive flying display at this week’s Dubai Airshow! Watch the world’s largest and most efficient twin-engine jet impress crowds at #DAS21. pic.twitter.com/YeOnfEIcW4 — Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) November 17, 2021 The 777X was the […]

Boeing lands big 737 MAX order from Akasa Air

Boeing and Akasa Air, a brand of SNV Aviation, have announced the new Indian carrier has ordered 72 737 MAX airplanes to build its fleet. At the 2021 Dubai Airshow, Akasa Air CEO Vinay Dube said, “We are delighted to partner with Boeing for our first airplane order and thank them for their trust and confidence in […]

Dubai Airshow 2021: Day 3 Recap

MIAMI – Day 3 of the Dubai Airshow 2021 sees more low-cost airlines order Boeing and Airbus aircraft, including the 737 MAX, 767-300F, A320neo, and A220. Large orders continue to be signed, but unlike previous airshows at Dubai, when the big multi-billion orders were predominantly for widebodies and mostly made by the three big Gulf […]

Today in Aviation: Qantas Is Established

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Australia established Qantas (QF) as its first airline in 1920, making it the world’s third oldest commercial carrier. Today, QF maintains its position as the country’s largest carrier. The Beginning of an Era In 1919, the Commonwealth offered a £10,000 prize for the first Australians who reached the milestone of flying […]

Singapore Airlines adds the ritz to its 737s

Singapore Airlines has launched its highly-anticipated new cabin products, which will be rolled out on its Boeing 737-8 fleet in the coming weeks. This elevates the passenger experience on its narrowbody fleet to a level similar to its widebody aircraft, offering a consistent and premium travel journey across the entire Singapore Airlines network. READ: Aussie […]

Emirates to install premium economy in 105 jets

Emirates will install its new premium economy product in 105 of its 777 and A380 aircraft in addition to other cabin enhancements. The 18-month retrofit program, scheduled to begin at the end of 2022, will be entirely conducted at Emirates’ Engineering Centre in Dubai. READ: Aussie whizz Hapgood to lead digital production of Boeing’s next […]

Air Lease Corporation commits to 111 Airbus jets

Air Lease Corporation has signed a Letter of Intent for 111 Airbus jets across the manufacturers’ product range. The LOI is for 25 A220-300s, 55 A321neos, 20 A321XLRs, four A330neos and includes seven of the just-launched A350Fs. Founded in 2010, ALC has ordered a total of 496 Airbus aircraft to date. With this order, ALC […]

Swoop Unveils 10th Aircraft, Announces Major Route Expansion

MIAMI – Canadian Low-Cost Carrier Swoop (WO) unveiled today its 10th Boeing 737-800 aircraft and a significant route expansion from its Edmonton base. The airline reaffirmed its continued commitment to Alberta’s capital city by bringing online nine new routes bringing the city’s total to 23 destinations. The main announcement focused on enhanced connectivity to the […]

Dubai Airshow 2021: Day 2 Recap

MIAMI – Day 2 of the Dubai Airshow 2021 kicks off with a Boeing 767BCF order from DHL (D0), its biggest to date, and an Airbus order from Air Lease (ALC). There were also Boeing 777 freighter and 787 Dreamliner orders from Emirates (EK) and SAUDIA (SV), respectively. Let’s dive in! Boeing Orders DHL Express […]

Asia-Pacific airlines call for more action on restoring air travel

With International passenger volumes across the Asia-Pacific still at just 6 percent of pre-pandemic levels, the leaders of the region’s major airlines have called on governments to do more to restore global connectivity. The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines Assembly of Presidents met last week to discuss the major issues of the day: reducing carbon […]

Boeing provides detail for the 777X EIS delay

Boeing has provided some clarity to the delays that have dogged the EIS of the 777X, which is not expected into service till late in 2023 – some three years late. Boeing SVP Mike Fleming told media at the Dubai Air Show that the US regulator in the wake of the two 737 MAX crashes, […]

Boeing 777X puts on stunning display at Dubai Air Show

The Boeing 777X has put on a stunning display to open the Dubai Air Show in the UAE. The vision, taken by Airlineratings.com European Editor Andreas Spaeth, is breathtaking and left the crowd spellbound. Seems like @BoeingAirplanes #Boeing777X performed a touch of a barrel role today at #DubaiAirshow, stunning. In 1955 Tex Johnston did a […]

AirAsia X readies for takeoff after creditors endorse restructuring

Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia X is closer to resuming flights after shareholders overwhelming endorsed the company’s debt restructuring last week. But the airline has hit a potential road bump in its plan after Malaysia’s aviation regulator warned it should reimburse passengers who bought tickets. Some 99% of creditors across the company’s three share classes voted […]

Rex pursues Queensland growth as it adds Melbourne-Brisbane flights

Regional Express (Rex) will add double-daily Melbourne-Brisbane weekday flights from December 17 as its mainline Boeing 737 network springs back to life. The airline said the fifth capital city destination in its domestic network was a major step towards realizing its goal of servicing the Sydney-Melbourne-Brisbane “golden triangle”. The announcement came as the full-service airline […]

Indigo Partners in massive Airbus order for 255 A321neo family aircraft

Indigo Partners boss Bill Franke has underscored his faith in the airline industry’s growth with a multi-billion-dollar order for 255 additional A2321neo family aircraft across the company’s portfolio of airlines. The opening salvo in the Duba Airshow sees  75 A321neos and 27A21XLRs (extra long range) destined for Hungary’s Wizz Air, 91 A321neos to US carrier […]

Dubai Airshow 2021: Day 1 Recap

MIAMI – Indigo Partners portfolio airlines Wizz Air (W6), Frontier (F9), Volaris (Y4), and JetSMART (JA) have announced an order for 255 additional A321neo Family aircraft under a combined Indigo Partners agreement. Additionally, Emirates (EK) and Gulf Air (GF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve the commercial cooperation between both carriers. Indigo […]

Today in Aviation: First Norseman Tested on Floats

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the first Norseman, powered by a Wright R-975-E3 Whirlwind, was flight tested on floats on November 14, 1935. The C-64 Norseman, also known as the Noorduyn Norseman, is a single-engine bush plane designed to fly from unimproved terrain. It is easily identified by its stubby landing gear protruding floats from […]

FAA Authorizes Remote Tower Continued Operations

MIAMI – The FAA’s Air Traffic Services organization has approved the continued operations of the remote air traffic control tower at Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) in Virginia, US. The launch of Saab’s remote tower system at JYO, which became the first under the FAA’s Remote Tower Pilot Program, began in 2014 as a public-private partnership […]

Scoot Introduces Long-haul Singapore-London Service

MIAMI – Singaporean LCC Scoot (TR) has announced a new service to London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW) via Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). Flights will begin on December 16 and will be followed by three-times-weekly seasonal scheduled flights beginning in March 2022, with a review and potential increase in frequency based on demand and regulatory permission, according […]

Embraer E195-E2s Coming soon to Porter Airlines

MIAMI – Toronto-based regional carrier Porter Airlines (PD) will see new Embraer aircraft flying its routes starting in 2022. The airline has entered into agreements for sale and leaseback financing of up to 19 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. Independent agreements have been signed with three aircraft lessors. Five aircraft with Azorra Aviation Holdings, LLC Five aircraft […]

Today in Aviation: Midway Airlines Ceases Operations

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the first incarnation of Midway Airlines (ML) ceased operations in 1991. The carrier, based at Chicago’s Midway Airport (MDW), was established in 1976. At the time MDW had lost nearly all of its scheduled flights to O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 allowed ML to commence […]

British Airways A380 to Fly to Dallas Next Summer

MIAMI – Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) announced that British Airways (BA) will fly its A380 between its hub in London-Heathrow (LHR) and DFW. According to the airport’s tweet, the superjumbo will fly the route for the first time on March 27, 2022. However, the airline did not yet confirm the news. According to DFW, […]

LATAM Airlines Reports Q3 Loss of US$692m

MIAMI – LATAM Airlines (LA), Latin America’s largest airline group, reported losses of US$691,9m in the third quarter on Tuesday. The findings show that the company is still suffering from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. LATAM explained that the group’s total revenues increased by 156% between July and September, compared to the same period […]

Lufthansa Group Repays Federal Loans Early

MIAMI – Deutsche Lufthansa AG says it has repaid all remaining government Stabilization funds received from the Federal Republic of Germany. The repayment was made much earlier than expected, as announced in an LH Group press release today. This was possible primarily due to the rising demand for air travel, the quick restructuring of the […]

Today in Aviation: First Flight Airline Shuttle America

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, a new low-cost commuter airline Shuttle America (S5) made its maiden flight in 1998, established by CEO David Hackett. His aim was to offer high-frequency, direct flights between underserved cities on the eastern seaboard. Operations began with a fleet of three De Havilland Dash 8-300s, painted in a smart patriotic […]