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When slot changes and maintenance throw a kink in Christmas travel

Volaris flight 813 was scheduled to depart Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International airport bound for Tijuana International at 08:55 on 22 December, the last Sunday before Christmas. All that changed about nine hours before departure. Passengers were notified of an “itinerary modification” via email, text message and phone, according to the Mexican low-cost carrier (LCC). […]

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San Diego’s new Mexican gateway: Tijuana

San Diego will get a direct connection to the Tijuana International airport when a new cross-border terminal facility opens in 2015, the first such facility in either Mexico or the USA. The project, which is being jointly constructed by airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) and privately held Otay-Tijuana Ventures, will connect the existing […]

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Interjet’s Superjets take flight

Prior to a riding aboard one of Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet’s Sukhoi Superjet 100s, Flightglobal took a peek inside the airline’s third aircraft in a hangar at Mexico City Benito Juarez International airport on the eve of its entry into service. The aircraft, registration XA-JLV, arrived from Venice on 7 November and still had the […]

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Go west, US airlines

US air carriers are beginning to duke it out (again) out west. Delta Air Lines especially is provoking the ire of its codeshare partner Alaska Airlines and competitor United Airlines along the west coast, as it builds up its focus city at Seattle Tacoma International airport. Citing the need to provide feed for its expanding […]

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Delta’s “proven-technology” fleet plan

When Delta Air Lines announced an order for 40 Airbus jets, it did not jump for the latest A320neo family or the next generation A350 widebody, opting instead for the existing A321 with sharklets and an enhanced version of the venerable A330-300.  Airbus Richard Anderson, chief executive of the Atlanta-based carrier, called the order an […]

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PICTURE: First look at Delta’s 717s

Delta Air Lines unveiled its Boeing 717-200 today, giving travellers a first look at the aircraft that will soon be a staple at many of the small- and medium-sized airports in the carrier’s network. Delta Air Lines Configured with 12 first class, 15 premium economy and 83 economy seats, the aircraft will initially be based […]

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United’s 787 playground in Asia

If you want to fly on a United Airlines Boeing 787, your best bet is to fly to Asia. Of the Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier’s six international Dreamliner routes, five will be across the Pacific from 8 April 2014 when it downgauges its San Francisco-Osaka Kansai flights to the aircraft from a Boeing 777-200. United […]

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A tale of airport rail connections on two sides of the Pacific

Australia and the USA are similar in many ways. Both are large, developed countries with air travel-centric national transportation systems and automobile-oriented cities. Rail transit connections to their respective airports are also similar – notably that they are few and far between. Only airports in Brisbane and Sydney are connected to rail networks – defined […]

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Capital markets remain a good deal for airlines

Why have Air Canada, British Airways, Hawaiian Airlines and Emirates all tapped the capital markets for the first time to finance new aircraft during the past 18 months? It is a great deal, that is why. All-in financing costs on long-term enhanced equipment trust certificate (EETC) deals, the common instrument used for secured capital markets […]

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American regional refleeting begins with E-175

American Airlines began its regional refleeting with its first flight on an Embraer 175 today. American 4802 to New Orleans, which departed Chicago O’Hare six minutes late at 08:51 local time according to the airline’s website, will be the first flight on the 76-seat aircraft operated by Republic Airlines as American Eagle. Flights from Chicago […]

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