Article • Landing Strip

Aviation Groups Warn of Dire Delays Due to 5G

Passenger and cargo operations at about 90 U.S. airports could be severely disrupted this week if 5G wireless networks are deployed as planned, airport and airline groups and unions warn. Meanwhile, the issue has pitted the aviation industry and its...

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Article • State of the Unions

AFA, Delta Spar Over Covid Policies

The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and Delta Air Lines are engaged in a public he-said-she-said over the federal government’s shortening of recommended quarantines from 10 days to five for employees that test positive for Covid-19. Delta’s chief lawyer sent...

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Article • Fleet

Airbus Uncertain of Timeline For Stretched A220

Airbus notched another win with an order for 22 A220s from regional-airline lessor Azorra, the first major order of the year for an airframer that reported a banner year last year, with more than 600 deliveries. The Azorra deal cements...

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Article • Weekly Skies

Delta Slashes Regional Flying by a Quarter

Delta Air Lines is the latest to cull schedules as a result of the pilot shortage facing the regional industry in the U.S. The Atlanta-based carrier has cut regional flights by as much as a quarter from previous plans through...

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Article • Sky Money

Airlines Issue More Than $1 Billion in Bonds

Korean Air priced a Japanese yen-denominated senior unsecured bond guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM). Proceeds from the three-year notes will be used to repay debt. Moody's Investor Service rated the bond an investment grade Aa2.Singapore Airlines sold...

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Article • Routes and Networks

JetBlue Ends 17 Pandemic Routes

Virgin Atlantic is the latest to pile into Austin. The British carrier will launch four-times weekly service between London Heathrow and the Texas capital with a Boeing 787-9 on May 25. Austin has been a pandemic network winner with dozens...

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Article • Feature Story

The Pandemic’s Last Impact

No one knows what the final outcome of the Covid-19 pandemic will be on the U.S. airline industry. That was the combined view of five industry leaders at the U.S. National Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.,...

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Article • Weekly Skies

Omicron Pummels Airline Operations

The quick spike in Covid-19 cases linked to the Omicron variant got the better of many airlines' operations over the holidays. According to FlightRadar24, airlines globally cancelled nearly 101,000 flights, or 8 percent of their schedules, from December 20 through...

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Article • Sky Money

Air Lease Prices Debut 2022 Bonds

Air Lease Corp. has priced a $750 million senior unsecured medium-term notes offering at 2.2 percent. The debt matures in January 2027. Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, including acquiring aircraft and repaying outstanding debt. Bank of America...

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Article • Feature Story

United CEO Backs Denver Bus Pilot Despite Slow Start

It makes a lot of sense for airlines to use a bus to connect smaller communities to major airports. Buses can go places aircraft cannot, and when they do replace planes, they can do so more cost-effectively and with lower...

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Article • Landing Strip

Clear Buys Virtual Queuing Company Whyline

Clear, the airport screening and biometric identity company, said on January 4 it had bought Whyline, a seller of virtual queuing and appointment systems. The companies didn’t disclose the value of the all-cash purchase. Whyline, based in Argentina, brings to Clear...

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Article • Fleet

Allegiant Switches to Boeing With Max Order

Allegiant Air has made a big strategic shift: Instead of the all-Airbus narrowbody fleet that it only achieved in 2018, the discounter has unveiled a commitment for up to 100 Boeing 737 Maxes with plans to operate a mixed fleet...

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