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NEWS Jan 29, 2024 Icelandair Adds More Airbus A321neos to Replace Boeing 757 Fleet Icelandair, a long-time operator of the Boeing 757, has signaled the imminent end of its Boeing 757s as it recently confirmed a lease for two Airbus A321neo jets. These aircraft are expected to join the fleet in the second half of 2025, bringing Icelandair's order book for this aircraft type to seven examples. This event follows the recent additions of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 jets. Read More →
NEWS Jan 19, 2024 Akasa Air Orders 150 Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Amid Rapid Expansion India's aviation industry is growing rapidly, with Akasa Air playing a major role in this transformation. At the Wings India airshow in Hyderabad, the young airline placed a large order for 150 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. This landmark deal propels Akasa Air's ambitious expansion plans and injects much-needed confidence into Boeing's 737 MAX program after recent incidents. Read More →
NEWS Jan 12, 2024 Delta Air Lines Confirms New Order for the Airbus A350-1000 Delta Air Lines has never been vocal about the new aircraft it plans to procure to replace its aging widebody aircraft, specifically the Boeing 767s. However, Delta has revealed its future plans after confirming an order for the Airbus A350-1000. Read More →
NEWS Dec 27, 2023 Lufthansa Embraces the Boeing 737 MAX in a 28-Year Reunion In a surprising move that facilitated discussion across the aviation industry, Lufthansa, the iconic German carrier, has reignited a long-dormant partnership with Boeing. After a 28-year break, Lufthansa placed a firm order for 40 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, with the potential to expand to a fleet of 100 through additional options. This decision marks a significant shift in strategy for Lufthansa, which has primarily relied on Airbus for its short- and medium-haul operations in recent years. Read More →
STORIES Dec 27, 2023 The Russian Concorde: Why Did The Tupolev TU-144 Fail? During the Cold War, the ever-looming threat of technological inferiority drove innovation in the aviation industry on both sides of the Iron Curtain. One of the most prominent examples was the race to conquer commercial supersonic air travel. The Tupolev Tu-144 was built as the Soviet Union's response to the Concorde in the West. Unlike the Concorde, the Tu-144 never experienced the same level of success as its western counterpart. Read More →
NEWS Dec 22, 2023 Azul Orders More A330neos Amid Long-Haul Expansion Plans Azul Linhas Aéreas confirmed a new order for the Airbus A330neo following a purchase agreement signed in June. With this order, the Brazilian carrier hopes to expand its widebody fleet and as a result, its long-haul route offering. Read More →
NEWS Dec 22, 2023 Texas Governor Flies 120 Migrants to Chicago to Protest Federal Immigration Policies Texas Governor Greg Abbott has made a controversial move by flying migrants to Democratic-led "sanctuary cities" in protest of the Biden administration's handling of the border crisis. The first flight, carrying over 120 migrants, landed at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD) on December 19. This came just a week after the Chicago City Council passed new regulations for receiving buses transporting migrants, prompting accusations that the flights were a direct retaliation by Governor Abbott.  Read More →
NEWS Dec 19, 2023 Turkish Airlines Places Massive Airbus Order for 150 A321s and 70 A350s Turkish Airlines, the world's most connected airline, recently confirmed a huge new order for 220 Airbus aircraft, following two smaller ones placed by the airline earlier in 2023. This mammoth order brings the Turkish flag carrier's total Airbus backlog to nearly 300 aircraft, in addition to the over 200 Airbus jets currently operated by the airline. Read More →
NEWS Nov 29, 2023 United and American Take Action Against Chicago O'Hare Airport Expansion United and American Airlines are seeking Mayor Brandon Johnson's intervention to modify O'Hare Airport's expansion plans, which include a new "global terminal" for both domestic and international flights. The project, initially budgeted at $8.7 billion, is now $1.5 billion over budget, prompting the carriers to request a slowdown, scale-back, or potential grounding of the expansion. Read More →
INFORMATIONAL Nov 20, 2023 A Deeper Look at Ethiopian Airlines' Fleet and Future Plans Ethiopian Airlines is Africa's largest airline in passenger traffic, destinations served, fleet size, and revenue. The airline grew rapidly over the years due to effective management, a lack of competition within Africa, and Ethiopia's strategic location near the "crossroads" of three continents. However, these achievements are not enough for Ethiopian Airlines. The carrier attended the 2023 Dubai Airshow to expand its fleet, where it ordered a total of 42 planes from Boeing and Airbus as of November 15. Ethiopian Airlines has showcased its continued commitment to being Africa's largest airline. Read More →