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New Star Alliance-Deutsche Bahn Partnership May Face Hurdles Shifting Flyers to Trains

Global airline partnership Star Alliance has a new old solution to cutting carbon emissions: the train. The alliance has signed German railway operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) as its first "intermodal" partner. The pact, which officially launches August 1, will build...

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SAS Airlines’ Bankruptcy Follows Months of a Showdown Over Aircraft Leases

Scandinavian airline SAS filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. on July 5, making good on CEO Anko van der Werff's threat in May that it would do so if it was unable to secure concessions from key stakeholders....

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Airbus Nets Big Win With Orders for Nearly 300 Aircraft in China

China's Big 3 airlines, Air China, China Eastern, and China Southern, have committed to 292 new Airbus A320neo family aircraft, further solidifying the European planemaker's lead in Asia's largest market. It's also a sign of confidence by the Chinese airlines...

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Air Canada Offers Rare Apology for Disruptions, Cuts 15 Percent of Summer Flights

“Air Canada’s operations too have been disrupted by the industry’s complex and unavoidable challenges," Air Canada CEO Michael Rousseau told frequent flyers in a letter June 29, offering his "sincere apologies" to disrupted travelers. "If you've encountered delays and cancellations...

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Delta CEO Cites FAA for Airline Disruptions Ahead of Busy July 4th Weekend

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian sees a "stressed" air traffic control organization as the leading cause of flight disruptions in the U.S. His comments come amid increasing calls for reliable airline operations ahead of what is forecast to be...

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Airline Weekly Promotes Russell to Editor and Brings Back Shabat as Senior Analyst

Airline Weekly is promoting reporter Edward "Ned" Russell into the top role of editor. At the same time, the subscription newsletter's co-founder Jay Shabat is returning to the publication as senior analyst. The moves position Airline Weekly, a Skift brand,...

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Delta and Latam Airlines Look for a South American Edge Under New Partnership

Delta Air Lines and Latam Airlines Group are on the cusp of regulatory sign off for a broad partnership that will give them a competitive edge — at least for now — on flights between the U.S. and South America....

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Lufthansa Brings Back A380s on Strong Demand, Aircraft Production Delays

Retirement isn't what it once was, at least not at Lufthansa. Next year, the German carrier will bring back the Airbus A380, which it "permanently decommissioned" during the pandemic, in order to meet resurgent travel demand. Lufthansa cited the "steep...

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Qantas Braces for Crowd Rush With Staff Bonuses, Schedule Cuts

The Covid-19 pandemic air travel recovery may have a hex on it. Flying is in disarray in Europe and the U.S. amid staffing shortages and industrial action, and Australia appears the next domino to fall with the country's largest airline,...

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Potential British Airways Strike Adds to European Airlines’ Struggles This Summer

Two unions representing British Airways ground staff at London's Heathrow airport have voted to strike over a pandemic pay dispute in what could be the latest in a series of travel disruptions the UK capital faces. Ground staff, including check-in...

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SkyWest Airlines Finds a Bold Solution to Pilot Shortage — Launch a New Carrier

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and many U.S. regional airlines are desperate for an inventive solution to their pilot woes. While some are pitching a potential — but unlikely — increase in the mandatory pilot retirement age...

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EasyJet Moves to Silence Critics With a Big Airbus Order

EasyJet is putting criticisms that it does not have the aircraft to play a major role in the reshuffling of Europe's aviation market to rest with a deal to expand its firm aircraft orderbook by more than half. The UK-based...

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