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United and Houston, one year later

United Airlines is making good on its threat to cut capacity at Houston Intercontinental, one of its largest hubs, finds a new Flightglobal Pro analysis. Capacity is down 11.4% this month compared to June 2012, Flightglobal/Innovata data shows. The Chicago-based carrier says that capacity is down 6% based on its internal data. The cuts come […]

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United says goodbye to the 737-500 (and the 767-200ER)

United Airlines retired its last Boeing 737-500 on 30 May, with a final flight from Cleveland to Houston Intercontinental. United Airlines The aircraft operated United 1705, which landed at Intercontinental at 19:44 local time, according to FlightAware. It was the Chicago-based mainline carrier’s last 737 classic. The 737-500 (N62631) was delivered to Continental Airlines in […]

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PICTURE: Alaska’s colourful Hawaii

This entry was written by Flightglobal reporter Jon Hemmerdinger, who we hope to have posting regularly to the Airline Business Blog in short order. Alaska Airlines is showing off its dedication to Hawaii – literally.  The Seattle-based carrier unveiled a Boeing 737-800 painted in its new “Spirit of the Islands” livery in Honolulu on 3 June, […]

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Lufthansa’s New York switcheroo

Lufthansa has two big partners in New York – the city’s hometown airline JetBlue Airways and its long-standing partner United Airlines. JetBlue became a partner in 2008 after the German carrier invested $300 million in the airline in order to fill the gap in United’s network, while the latter became a big player in the […]

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PICTURE: American’s first A319 comes together

American Airlines’ first Airbus A319 is prepping for its debut in September, as it proceeds through final assembly at one of the airframer’s factories.The Fort Worth-based carrier unveiled a picture of its first A319 on its Facebook page today. The aircraft’s tail is adorned with the stylised waving flag of American’s new soaring spirit livery. […]

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United’s 787 flexibility

United Airlines has a lot of flexibility in the 19 Boeing 787-8 deliveries that it has scheduled through 2015, finds a new Flightglobal Pro analysis. Ron Baur, vice-president of fleet at the Chicago-based carrier, and Brian Znotins, vice-president of network, agreed that the aircraft could be used to replace ageing widebodies in its fleet or […]

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United’s 787s return to the skies

United Airlines returned its fleet of Boeing 787-8s to revenue service on 20 May, with an inaugural flight from Houston Intercontinental to Chicago O’Hare. The flight, United 1, fittingly flew from the former home of Continental Airlines – the North American launch customer of the 787 in 2004 – to the United’s current home, not […]

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Phoenix seeks its place in the international sun

Phoenix Sky Harbor International is a bustling domestic airport, with competing hub operations on both Southwest Airlines and US Airways. If you are flying around the American southwest, odds are that you will pass through Phoenix at some point. City of Phoenix But if your destination is somewhere abroad, Dallas-Fort Worth or Los Angeles are […]

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American joins the regional refleeting party

American Airlines will begin upgauging its regional aircraft fleet with Embraer 175s this August, following the lead of Delta Air Lines in rejigging its regional feed. The Fort Worth-based carrier will use the 76-seat E-175s to replace 63-seat Bombardier CRJ700s and add capacity in nearly all of the 12 markets that they will serve from […]

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What’s New York doing in Atlantic City?

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has turned its sights south to the New Jersey beach resort and gambling mecca of Atlantic City for the region’s future air transport needs. The authority approved a long-term lease to operate and maintain Atlantic City International airport from 1 July, at its meeting on […]

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