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WestJet Joins Cargo Frenzy With First Air Freighters

WestJet is making a bet that the pandemic's e-commerce boom will last by adding at least four Boeing 737-800 freighters to its fleet next year. The passenger-to-cargo conversions will be the first dedicated freighters in the Canadian carrier's fleet. The...

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Southwest Airlines Names Its 6th CEO to Replace Gary Kelly

Southwest Airlines will get its first new CEO in nearly two decades next February when Gary Kelly passes the reins to Robert Jordan. On February 1, 2022, Jordan will become the sixth CEO of the Dallas-based carrier, which celebrated its...

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Air France to Streamline Air-Rail Connections as Move to Replace Short Flights Accelerates

There is growing momentum to replace short flights with train trips in Europe amid a renewed interest in reducing aviation emissions. France is using climate legislation to codify a ban on certain domestic flights, and politicians are debating similar plans...

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American Airlines Forced to Pare Summer Schedules Due to Staff Shortages

Many American Airlines crews and frequent travelers have poor memories of the summer of 2019. The carrier faced operational issues that left a bad taste in pretty much everyone's mouth so much so that management publicly acknowledged the issues and...

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Startup Breeze Airways Defends Plans to Hire College Kids Against Discrimination Claims

Breeze Airways fired back against unions and defended its controversial flight attendant hiring plans in the latest salvo of a war of words waged in the dockets between the startup airline and organized labor. In a filing this week, Breeze...

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Lufthansa Hopes New Subsidiary Eurowings Discover Will Gain Long-Haul Traction

The Lufthansa Group has long wanted to get into the long-haul leisure game. Efforts have ranged from flying high-density Airbus widebodies at Lufthansa Cityline and Eurowings, with neither generating hoped-for returns before both came to an end with the coronavirus...

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JetBlue Prunes New Pandemic Routes as Recovery Accelerates

JetBlue Airways bucked convention when it began unveiling dozens of new routes early on in the coronavirus pandemic. The additions were widely seen as a play to fly where the few travelers out there were going but also some strategic...

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Shipping Bottlenecks Are Giving Air Canada a Big Cargo Boost

Air Canada, particularly hurt by stringent travel restrictions in its home country, continues to get a lift from its cargo business, aided by frustrations about bottlenecks and shipping delays for cargo on ships. Air Canada's story is yet another sign...

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Are U.S. Airline CEOs Too Optimistic About the Business Travel Recovery? Maybe Not

If you listen to United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby or American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, you'd think their rhetoric is a willful wish that business travel's recovery is imminent, starting in the post-family vacation period after Labor Day. But are...

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Canada’s Transat Walks Away From Hotels to Refocus on Airline

Canada's Transat is abandoning its vertically integrated travel company model to refocus on its core airline business, with plans to retool its network to ferry passengers from all over Canada to transborder and other international destinations through its hubs in...

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Gol Takes Lead in Brazilian Consolidation with $6 Million Deal for Map Transportes Aéreos

Gol taking the first step in the expected wave of Brazilian airline consolidation with a reais 28 million ($5.6 million) deal for regional carrier Map Transportes Aéreos. The deal would strengthen Gol's presence at slot-constrained São Paulo Congonhas airport and...

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Spirit Aims to Dominate South Florida With 30-Route Miami Expansion

Spirit Airlines plans what is one of its single-largest new city expansions ever with up to 31 flights a day to 30 destinations from Miami International Airport, beginning between October 6 and November 18, the airline said Tuesday. The expansion...

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