3d Imagery, 737 Max, Max, 737 Max 7, 737 Max8, 737 Max 9

Lion Air Bans People From “Documenting” Flights

Earlier I wrote about Garuda Indonesia's very, very bad logic. A popular Indonesian vlogger was on a Garuda Indonesia flight from Sydney to Bali in business class. The flight wasn't great, as they ran out of alcohol quickly and didn't have printed menus.…

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Air Belgium Business Class – 91

New Business Plan: Air Belgium Launching Caribbean Flights

This is sort of like that time Baltia changed their business model to go from flying 747s between New York and Russia, to flying regional jets between BALtimore, Trenton, Islip, and Albany. Okay, maybe it's not quite as bad, but it sure does represent…

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Air Italy Business Class A330 – 57

Air Italy Summer 2020 Flights To LAX, SFO, And YYZ

In 2018, Qatar Airways bought a 49% stake in Air Italy, which was formerly known as Meridiana. The airline currently operates A330s on long haul flights, and hasn't quite grown the way Qatar Airways had planned (initially the plan was for the airline…

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Ryanair 737 Max 200

Ryanair Renames The 737 MAX

The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded for months, with no end in sight to the grounding, given that they keep finding problems with the plane. Even once the plane is fixed and certified by the FAA, there will be a lot of work required to get the plane…

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Hi Fly A380 1

Wow: Venezuelan Airline Leasing A380

Estelar Latinoamerica is a Venezuelan airline based in Caracas. The airline has a small fleet consisting of just six ancient 737s (three 737-200s and three 737-300s), and they're also currently leasing an A340 from Portuguese leasing company Hi Fly to…

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Sun Country 737

Sun Country Slashes Change Fees

Over the past couple of years, Sun Country has undergone a radical transformation. The airline used to operate a hub-and-spoke network out of Minneapolis, had first class, and was surprisingly full service in not charging for carry-ons, etc. But they've…

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Air Seychelles A320

Air Seychelles’ Surprising New Once Weekly Flight To Israel

Well here's an interesting new route that's surprising on the surface, but sort of brilliant... Air Seychelles has announced that they plan to launch a once weekly flight between the Seychelles and Israel as of November 27, 2019. The flight will operate…

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Air Europa Business Class 787 – 9

Review: Air Europa Business Class 787 Madrid To Miami

My layover in Madrid was only about two hours. Madrid is a deceivingly massive airport, and a great place to connect if you're looking to meet your daily quota for steps in one layover. To be honest I actually have no clue what gate we arrived at, though…

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Ryanair 737

An Interesting Resignation At Ryanair

I don't follow Ryanair too closely on the blog, because there's not a whole lot aspirational about flying with them, and there aren't any great strategies for maximizing miles & points on them. Heck, many people earn miles & points to be able to avoid…

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Lion Air Captain Last Flight

Touching Video: A Lion Air Captain’s Last Flight

Lion Air Captain Sigit Wiranto operated his last commercial flight on July 2, 2019, from Makassar to Jakarta. There is some video footage from after the flight, and it's touching -- not because the airline did anything special, but because of how emotional…

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Flyadeal Backs Out Of 737 MAX Deal

Here's some more bad news for Boeing... Flyadeal is a Saudi low cost carrier that's owned by flag carrier Saudia, and which started operations in September 2017. The airline currently operates a fleet of 11 Airbus A320 aircraft, though they have lofty…

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Surinam Airways A340

Surinam Airways Boss Suspended Over 777 Decision

Surinam Airways is an airline that has intrigued me for quite a while. The airline has a single A340-300 that they use for their long haul flights, between Paramaribo and Amsterdam. The plane is over 20 years old, and previously flew for China Southwest…

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Pakistan 777

Pakistan Airlines Wants To Launch Nonstop US Flights

In October 2017, Pakistan International Airlines stopped flying to New York, which was their only destination in the US at the time. The airline had flown to the US for over 50 years, and over time flew to New York, Chicago, and Houston. The airline…

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Bamboo Airways A321neo

HUH: Bamboo Airways Wants To Fly A380s To The US

You can file this one under... "what on earth?" Bamboo Airways is a new Vietnamese airline that commenced operations at the beginning of 2019. The airline currently has a fleet of about 10 Airbus A320 family aircraft, and has a further 76 planes on order,…

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Air Transat A321lr

Air Canada Acquiring Air Transat, But…

In mid-May it was announced Air Canada intended to acquire Air Transat. At the time the airlines had entered into an exclusive agreement to purchase all issued and outstanding shares in a transaction valued at $520 million. A lot can still go wrong after…

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Air Peace 777

Air Peace Launching Flights To Sharjah (With First Class!)

I wrote about Air Peace several weeks ago, which to me is one of Africa's most interesting airlines. Air Peace is a privately owned Nigerian airline that was founded in 2013, which operates a fleet of just under two dozen planes, including Embraers,…

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Boeing 747

St. Vincent Struggling To Certify Strange 747

Well I'm happy that I'm not the only one who isn't sure what to make of this... Several weeks ago I wrote about how a 20+ year old 747-400 touched down in St. Vincent. The plane used to fly for China Airlines, and the plan is now for it to be based in…

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Surinam Airways A340

Cool: Surinam Airways Replacing A340 With 777

Last July I wrote about Surinam Airways' fascinating flight between Paramaribo and Amsterdam. The airline has a single A340-300 that they use for their long haul flights, as they fly several times a week between the two cities. The route makes sense,…

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Air Europa Business Class 737 – 5

Review: Air Europa Business Class 737 London To Madrid

I got to Gatwick Airport at around 7:30AM, plenty early for my 9:55AM flight to Madrid. My flight on Air Europa was departing from Gatwick's South Terminal. The first stop at the airport was The Grain Store, which is the Priority Pass restaurant at the…

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