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American’s invigorating A319

American Airlines marked the latest milestone in its nearly two-year restructuring with the delivery of its first Airbus A319 on 23 July. Edward Russell The 128-seat jet symbolises what the carrier hopes to achieve from its bankruptcy reorganistion. A young-at-heart airline with a product to compete with the best the US airline industry has to […]

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United’s A320 family order

Edward Russell United Airlines has an outstanding order for 30 Airbus A320 family aircraft. Who knew? Anyone who read the Chicago-based carrier’s annual reports closely before 2012 probably did, as the purchase rights for 42 have been regularly disclosed since they were first deferred in the months immediately following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. […]

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Norwegian bets on low-cost, long-haul with 787

Norwegian took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8, registration EI-LNA, today – a day after celebrating the deal with International Lease Finance (ILFC) and Boeing executives in Seattle. Flightglobal Bjorn Kjos, chief executive of the Oslo-based carrier, says that he anticipates success on its new long-haul routes to Bangkok and New York as a result […]

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PICTURE: American’s new little bird

American Airlines first Airbus A319 has rolled out of the factory in Hamburg, as it preps to enter service at the carrier in September. American Airlines How many A319s the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier will ultimately take out of the 130 A319 and A321s that it has on order is still unclear. International Aero Engines […]

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How will United use its 787-10s?

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, United Airlines has options with its Boeing 787 orders. The Chicago-based carrier’s latest order for 20 roughly 320-seat -10 variants only reconfirms this fact. The aircraft are slated to replace “older, less efficient aircraft”, according to a release, but – considering that their deliveries are five […]

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Delta’s Memphis in maps

Delta Air Lines will cut 12 destinations and about 30 flights from Memphis International this September, as it de-hubs the former Northwest Airlines stronghold. Gone are flights to Baton Rouge, Fayetteville/Northwest Arkansas, Fort Lauderdale, Jackson, Knoxville, Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Phoenix, St. Louis, Shreveport and Tulsa by 3 September. Remaining are 27 cities and […]

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More sharklets debut at JFK

This entry was written by Flightglobal reporter Jon Hemmerdinger, who we hope to have posting regularly to the Airline Business Blog in short order. New York planespotters take note: more shark fins may cut the skies above John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport this summer. JetBlue Airways announced in an 8 June blog post that it […]

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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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