WestJet CEO to Retire by Year-end

MIAMI – Ed Sims, president and CEO of Canadian airline WestJet (WS), has announced his retirement effective at the end of this year. Sims, who led Canada’s second-largest airline for four years, said in a video released by the carrier that he is returning home to New Zealand to be with family. The airline said […]

London Heathrow Boss Sets out Post-Pandemic Recovery

LONDON – Despite currently handling 90% fewer passengers than normal, London Heathrow Airport (LHR) Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye has set out plans for the airport’s post-COVID recovery. Speaking at the CAPA Centre For Aviation Live From Seattle seminar, Mr. Holland-Kaye said that the airport must acknowledge that post-pandemic travel trends may be different as the industry […]

19 of the best tree-house rentals in the US, including perches with ocean views, ziplines, and indoor hammocks

  Summary List Placement While travel is picking up in a big way thanks to vaccine rollouts, early summer travel trends show that vacationers continue to turn to road trips, national park vacations, getaways to remote areas, and unique stays. So, it’s not surprising to learn from the CEO of Airbnb that bookings for stays […]

I earned over a million credit card points and miles during the pandemic — here’s how I’m spending them

 Summary List Placement During the pandemic, my wife and I opened and spent on new credit cards to earn points and miles. We earned over a million airline miles, hotel points, and credit card rewards to use for travel. We’re now catching up on trips, including using points to book a family vacation to South […]

Airport Operators Association Alerts Summer Losses

MIAMI – The Airport Operators Association (AOA) is sounding the alarm on possible looming airport losses that could run as high as US$3.67bn (£2.6bn). AOA sees in the “overly cautious approach” shown by governments on their easing of travel restrictions as the reason for a disastrous summer season that the association says could be even […]

New Airline World2Fly Takes off with Airbus A350-900

MIAMI – Newcomer in the Spanish market, World2Fly (2W), owned by the hotel chain Iberostar, is starting big by putting on line two Airbus A350-900. The first one, registered as EC-NOI, was delivered on June 9 from Airbus’ Toulouse (TLS) facilities. The aircraft, on lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC), will be deployed on long-haul […]

13 of the best Airbnbs in the Hamptons, including budget apartments, cozy beach cottages, and homes with private pools

  Summary List Placement If you’re a New Yorker, you know that for many, summer is synonymous with the Hamptons. Long Island’s famed string of beach towns lure city dwellers with their sandy shores, upscale boutiques, and parties.  My husband and I spent our youth pooling money with friends on share homes in the Hamptons. […]

Airbnb will pay for 12 people and their families to live like nomads and travel for a year as it tries to attract more longer-term renters. Here’s how to apply. (ABNB)

Summary List Placement Airbnb wants to pay 12 people to live the life of a nomad for one year.  The home-sharing company announced Wednesday a new program called “Live Anywhere on Airbnb.” It will choose a dozen people to live in Airbnb listings for free for a year — in exchange, guests will share their […]

ACI Airports to Have Net-zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

MIAMI – Airports Council International (ACI) World and its five ACI regions have announced their commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Climate change has long been an issue for aviation. Following a year long research and consultation period, underpinned by extensive analytical and evidence-based research, this announcement by ACI is a huge step […]

Qantas to ground control: Tell NSW it’s dreaming over Sunrise flights

“Tell them – the New South Wales government – they are dreaming” is the unofficial word from sources at Qantas over suggestions that the airline would give a five-year exclusive to the harbor city for its upcoming ultra-long-range flights to London and New York. The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that a five-year exclusivity on […]

Qatar Airways considers order for up to 30 freighters

Giant Doha-based airline Qatar Airways is considering a multibillion-dollar investment with a potential order for 30 plus pure freight aircraft from Boeing or Airbus according to Seeking Alpha and Reuters. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker has told Reuters that a cargo version of the 777X is now on the table as the airline […]

Southwest adds more 737 MAX aircraft

Southwest Airlines says it is adding to its order for the smallest 737 MAX model by an additional 34 aircraft, citing an improvement in travel demand. According to Seeking Alpha Southwest’s plan to exercise options to increase its firm orders of 737 MAX 7 planes will raise its order book for the plane to 234 […]

Southwest Airlines Orders 34 Boeing 737 MAX 7

MIAMI – Texas-based Southwest Airlines (WN) has decided to exercise its option for Boeing 737 MAX 7, acquiring 34 of the type model. With this addition, WN becomes the largest Boeing’s customer for the smaller type of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with an order book standing at 200 according to French Le Journal de l’Aviation. […]

For one day only, you can earn 50x points on Southwest Airlines purchases — here’s how to get in on the deal

 Summary List Placement Southwest credit card holders can earn 50x points on Southwest purchases — but just for one day. This promotion is only available on June 11, 2021, in celebration of Southwest’s 50th anniversary. You can earn 50x points on a total of $100 in purchases, for a maximum of 5,000 bonus points. Read […]

11 great rewards credit cards offering sign-up bonuses of 100,000 points or more

 Table of Contents: Masthead StickySummary List Placement Best credit card welcome bonus offers of 100,000 points or more Card Welcome bonus Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card The Business […]

Thai Airways to Fly Direct to Europe from Phuket

MIAMI – Thai Airways (TG) will commence direct flights from Phuket to Zurich, Paris, Copenhagen, London, and Frankfurt, starting July 2, 2021, as the country prepares to revive its tourism. The decision came right after the government confirmed to reopen Phuket to fully vaccinated tourists. Routing and Aircraft These flights will follow a Triangular scheduled […]

KKR is investing $150 million into private aviation firm Jet Edge in a deal that will rival NetJets and Berkshire Hathaway

Summary List Placement Private equity firm KKR is private aviation’s newest benefactor having just invested in Jet Edge, a California-based private aviation management firm that specializes in heavy jet aircraft from Gulfstream and Bombardier, in a deal announced on Tuesday.  Jet Edge now has access to a $150 million credit facility from KKR’s funds. The […]

Today in Aviation: ANA Paints Eyeballs on Jets, Cuts Bird Strikes by 20%

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (NH) announced in 1988 that painting eyeballs on Jets cut bird collisions by 20%. Bird strikes are a significant threat to flight safety and have caused a number of accidents with human casualties. There are over 13,000 bird strikes annually in the US alone. The first reported […]

How to earn, redeem, and maximize Chase Ultimate Rewards points in 2021

 Summary List PlacementTable of Contents: Masthead Sticky Chase Ultimate Rewards points are among the most valuable rewards you can earn with credit cards. The best way to use points is for travel booked through Chase or by transferring to travel partners. Pay Yourself Back is a way to use points to cover eligible everyday purchases […]

Hong Kong Airlines to Halve Staff, Pause Passengers Flights

MIAMI – Hong Kong Airlines (HX) is planning to cut up to 50% of its workforce and temporarily ground passenger aircraft, operating cargo-only flights. The move is an attempt to survive the ongoing economic woes in Asia due to COVID-19. As a result of ending passenger operations, all of HX’s Airbus A320 aircraft will be […]

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Plead for UK-US Bubble

MIAMI – British Airways (BA), Virgin Atlantic (VS), and with London-Heathrow Airport (LHR) believed that travel opening on May 17 was the right path. Unfortunately, this hope never materialized due to the UK’s “traffic light” travel restrictions system that left the US out of reach for travelers not wanting to undergo a quarantine on both […]

The best credit card deals and bonuses this week include a record-breaking 100,000-point offer worth $1,250 in travel

 Table of Contents: Masthead StickySummary List Placement It’s a fantastic time to consider opening a new credit card, as issuers continue to launch elevated offers and promotions geared toward those who are planning travel now that the world is opening up again. Some cards have boosted their welcome offers to over 100,000 points, including a […]

Is Qantas Infiltrated by Criminal Gangs?

MIAMI – Qantas (QF) says it is “disturbed” by the information relayed by several news outlets including BBC UK News, Times, and Strait Times just to mention a few, claiming that the airline has been infiltrated by criminal gangs. According to the above-cited newspapers as well as others, QF appears to have within its personnel […]

United to Require COVID-19 Jabs for All New Hires

MIAMI – United Airlines (UA) has announced that it will require all new employees to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. UA says that current employees are exempt, but that those who do get vaccinated will receive additional vacation time. Following a similar move by Delta Air Lines last month, UA this month will require […]

Vistara Obtains Approval for US Flights

MIAMI – Vistara (UK), a joint venture of Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, has received approval from the US Department of Transportation to operate international flights to the United States, the airline confirmed on Thursday. “We confirm that Vistara has reached out to the relevant authorities in the United States of America to secure permissions […]

ATR Obtains Funding for Big Data Project

MIAMI – ATR has obtained funds to launch a Big Data project within the framework ‘France Relance’ (France Relaunch), a French government initiative to rebuild an after-crisis aeronautical industry. The funds, consisting of US$360m (€300m) to be spent over three years, will be used to develop solutions to treat the amount of data, developed exponentially, […]

Aircraft Deliveries of the Week

MIAMI – Here’s a roundup of this week’s most notable worldwide deliveries of commercial aircraft, totaling 42 aircraft, from June 1 to June 5, 2021. DATE AIRLINE AIRCRAFT REG PREV. REG REMARKS JUNE 1 SunExpress Boeing 737-800 TC-SPA D-ASXP Leased AirPink Embraer ERJ-135 YU-PAA OK-ROM Aeromexico Boeing 737 Max 9 XA-MAZ N1786B Leased Republic Airlines Embraer ERJ-175 N238JQ […]