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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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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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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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