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Remembering United’s Executive One on Earth Day

US presidents have cruised around the world on a dedicated aircraft since at least the 1940s, with a customised Boeing 747-200 doing the job since 1990. But one modern president flew commercial. President Richard Nixon flew on regularly scheduled United Airlines flight 55 from Washington Dulles International to Los Angeles International airport flown by a […]

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American’s concentrated A319, 777-300ER and E175 networks

Want to spot a legacy American Airlines Airbus A319? Head to Dallas/Fort Worth where the type remains almost exclusively based since its introduction to the carrier’s fleet at the Texas airport last year. The network for the type has varied little from what American outlined prior to its introduction of the aircraft in September 2013, […]

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Does Ex-Im credit support really hurt US airlines?

“There is no financing advantage that is given to a foreign carrier over a US carrier,” says US Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) president Fred Hochberg. “That is simply an erroneous argument.” Hochberg was responding to claims by Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) that Ex-Im’s loan guarantees for widebody Boeing […]

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PICTURE: Embraer rolls out United’s first E175

The first Embraer 175 bound for United Airlines rolled out of the factory in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, on 12 March. The aircraft is also the first E175 enhanced variant, which boasts 6.4% lower fuel burn than the base E175 and includes a new winglet and aerodynamic clamps. Utah-based regional carrier SkyWest Airlines plans to […]

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New York’s $5.6bn plans for LaGuardia and Newark airports

It looks like the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) is ready to finally move forward with some much needed terminal upgrades to New York LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports. The operator budgeted $5.6 billion for a new central terminal at LaGuardia and a new terminal A at Newark in its proposed […]

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Delta chief Anderson looks beyond volatility

“It’s a volatile industry,” says Richard Anderson, chairman and chief executive of Delta Air Lines, on the ups-and-downs of the airline industry in the January-February issue of Airline Business. “The question is what you do about your business model to buffer and make the enterprise successful regardless of the volatility of the marketplace,” he continues. […]

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PICTURE: United’s new higher density 737

United Airlines has received its first Boeing 737-900ER with slimline seats, allowing it to add up to 12 seats to the type. The new 179-seat configuration includes new Priestmangoode-designed blue economy seats that will grace the economy cabins of roughly 500 narrowbody aircraft in the Chicago-based carrier’s fleet by the end of 2015. United says […]

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Breaking down American’s Washington National changes

The planned schedule changes that American Airlines will make at Ronald Reagan Washington National will take a bite out of the small- and medium-size cities US Airways added after its slot swap deal two years ago. The Fort Worth, Texas-based Oneworld carrier announced on 15 January that it will end service to Augusta (Georgia), Detroit, Fayetteville […]

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Domestic terminal developments at LAX

Los Angeles International airport is undergoing a more than $1.4 billion upgrade – to its domestic terminals. The airline-led projects in partnership with operator Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) will see significant passenger-facing improvements to terminals 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8 by 2016. These are in addition to the $1.9 billion that is being […]

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American makes a premium bet with A321T

“It’s a huge, huge improvement,” says the four-million mile flier sitting next to me on American Airlines’ inaugural Airbus A321 Transcontinental flight from New York JFK to Los Angeles. He would know. The gentleman sitting next to me, who declines to be named, describes the Fort Worth, Texas-based Oneworld alliance carrier’s New York-Los Angeles flights […]

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