Flyers Rights rejects FAA secrecy in Boeing 737 MAX FOIA litigation filing

In a Motion for Summary Judgment filing on Wednesday, Flyers Rights challenged FAA’s near-total redaction of all requested documents pertaining to Boeing’s proposed fixes to the Boeing 737 MAX.  Flyers Rights requested these documents in a November 2019 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request. On Wednesday, Flyers Rights argued that information contained in these documents, […]
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First winter season 2020 TUI flight arrives in Saint Lucia from UK

Tuesday October 27 marked the return of TUI to Saint Lucia. TUI’s winter weekly direct flights from London Gatwick to Hewanorra International Airport will run through to March 2021. This is the fourth consecutive year that the travel company has flown to the island showing its commitment and confidence in the tourism authorities and people […]
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United Airlines redesigns mobile app for people with visual disabilities

United Airlines today launches a redesigned version of its mobile app, with new enhancements intended to make travel easier for people with visual disabilities. Throughout its award-winning app, the carrier has increased color contrast, added more space between graphics and reordered how information is displayed and announced to better integrate with the screen reader technologies […]
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Paris de Gaulle overtakes London Heathrow as Europe’s busiest airport

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Britain is falling behind because we’ve been too slow to embrace passenger testing. European leaders acted quicker and now their economies are reaping the benefits. Paris has overtaken Heathrow as Europe’s largest airport for the first time ever, and Frankfurt and Amsterdam are quickly gaining ground. Let’s make Britain a winner […]
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Hawaii-Japan Pre-Travel Testing Moves Forward

At Daniel K. Inouye International Airport today, October 27, 2020, Governor David Ige announced that Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program to Japan has been approved and is moving forward. The Governor announced that this step that has been reached with the pretravel testing program allows Japanese visitors to safely travel to Hawaii. These travelers will be […]
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Harvard study: Air travel presents lower COVID-19 risk than shopping and dining out

A new gate-to-gate study by scientists from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health is the most comprehensive research to date to conclude that the layered approach U.S. airlines, including Delta, have taken to protect customers and employees from COVID-19 means the risk of exposure during air travel is very low. To date, the Centers […]
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WestJet reveals its flagship WestJet Elevation Lounge

Today, WestJet proudly revealed its flagship lounge – the WestJet Elevation Lounge. Boasting more than 9,300 square feet of premium space with panoramic views and Canadian-inspired details, the WestJet Elevation Lounge blends contemporary design with refined mountain living inspired by Canada’s diverse landscape. The flagship space was designed in collaboration with global architecture and design […]
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Canada’s airports expect massive fee increases and service reductions

The failure of government and the airline industry to embrace a holistic approach to aviation support during the COVID-19 pandemic is leaving the regional and community airports of this country on the brink of financial collapse and airlines facing massive rates and fees increases in 2021. Despite a dramatic decline in airline passenger traffic since […]
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UNWTO: International tourism down 70% in all regions

Restrictions on travel introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to hit global tourism hard, with the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) showing a 70% fall in international arrivals for the first eight months of 2020. According to the newest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international arrivals plunged 81% in July and 79% in August, […]
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Honolulu flights to Lanai and Molokai will continue

Hawaiian Airlines today announced it will continue to provide ‘Ohana by Hawaiian passenger flights between Honolulu and both Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i through at least mid-January 2021. Earlier this month Hawaiian announced the need to suspend both routes on November 1. Pandemic-induced low travel demand triggered a provision in Hawaiian’s pilot contract restricting the carrier’s ability to provide […]
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Hong Kong Embraces New Norms of Travel

A spotlight is shining on concerted efforts by Hong Kong Tourism Board public and private sectors in preparation for tourism revival in the post-pandemic city. From aviation and hotels, to retail/food and beverage and attractions, and from the MICE industry to transportation, tourism-related industries in Hong Kong have adapted new safety measure and technologies to […]
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ARC: US travel agency airline ticket sales still lagging

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) today reported the following consolidated airline ticketing volume variances, compared to the same period in 2019. These totals represent sales generated by U.S. travel agencies and processed through the ARC settlement system. Data figures are for the seven days ending October 25, 2020.   Tickets Issued for All Itineraries:   7-Day […]
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All Nippon Airways to become first sustainable fuel airline in Asia

Neste and All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest 5-Star airline, are entering a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply agreement. This groundbreaking partnership will see ANA become the first airline to use SAF on flights departing from Japan and also represents Neste’s first SAF supply to an Asian airline. Initial operations will begin from October 2020 […]
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Happy Landings for Embrace “Home” Kong

More than 100 passengers boarded Hong Kong Airlines Flight HX852 today for their first Hong Kong to Hong Kong service. Mostly flying with loved ones or friends, the participants enjoyed a late afternoon of activities with their travel companions at Boarding Gate 8 of Hong Kong International Airport before boarding for a sunset flight. The […]
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IATA: Air Canada continues to combat illegal wildlife trade

Air Canada is proud to announce today that it has successfully attained the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) certification. Introduced last year by IATA, the IWT certification incorporates the 11 commitments of the United for Wildlife (UFW) Buckingham Palace Declaration for airlines engaged in fighting the trade in illegal wildlife. As […]
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De Havilland Canada delivers two Dash 8-400 aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited announces the delivery of another two Dash 8-400 aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines, including the airline’s milestone 30th Dash 8-400 aircraft. The 30th aircraft – MSN 4617 – is preparing to depart for Ethiopian’s hub in Addis Ababa, along with aircraft MSN 4615. Ethiopian first welcomed the Dash 8-400 aircraft […]
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Singapore Airlines re-launches world’s longest flight to New York’s JFK

The flag carrier airline of Singapore announced that it will re-launch its world’s longest nonstop flight to New York next month, this time flying to New York City’s John F Kennedy Airport rather than nearby New Jersey Newark Liberty International Airport. The thrice-weekly non-stop flights from Changi Airport will start from November 9 using the […]
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FAA virtual airport design challenge takes off

Calling all K-12 students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM): The 2020 Federal Aviation Administration STEM Aviation and Space Education Airport Design Challenge is now open for enrollment through Oct. 25, 2020. Participating students are provided with opportunities to meet aviation professionals and learn about the aerospace industry. For middle- and high-school students, […]
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Qatar Airways receives three new Airbus A350-1000 jets

Qatar Airways announced that it has taken delivery today of three more Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, reaffirming its position as the largest operator of Airbus A350 aircraft with 52 in its fleet. All three A350-1000 are fitted with the airline’s multi award-winning Business Class seat, Qsuite and will operate on strategic long-haul routes to Africa, the […]
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Delta Air Lines receives first US-assembled Airbus A220 jet

Airbus has delivered its first U.S.-assembled A220 aircraft from Mobile, Alabama, underlining the aircraft manufacturer’s role as a global aircraft producer and heralding the arrival of a new era in Airbus aircraft production in the United States. The aircraft was delivered to Delta Air Lines. “The delivery of the first U.S.-built A220-300 is a historic […]
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Pegasus Airlines launches new Antalya – Moscow flight

Pegasus, Turkey’s digital airline, is adding a new route to its growing number of direct flights from Antalya, Turkey, with the launch of its direct flights to Moscow.  The inaugural flight from Antalya to Moscow will take off on 10 November 2020.  Pegasus Airlines flights will depart at 10:00 local time from Antalya Airport to […]
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United Airlines announces daily nonstop Houston-Key West flights

United Airlines is to begin new daily nonstop service between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Key West International Airport (EYW) on Dec. 17. The service, on United’s Embraer E175 aircraft, is to offer seating for 70 passengers, with 58 main cabin and 12 first-class seats. The new seasonal flights, a new market with […]
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Hawaiian Airlines resumes Boston and New York flights

Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii’s hometown carrier, will reinstate its long-awaited East Coast flying in December with twice-weekly nonstop service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and thrice-weekly service between HNL and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). At the same time, Hawaiian will resume daily nonstop […]
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First international flight utilizing CommonPass digital health system arrives to US

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the arrival in the U.S. of the first international flight utilizing the CommonPass digital health system to rapidly verify passengers’ COVID-19 status: “The U.S. and global economies simply cannot afford to wait for a widely distributed COVID vaccine for international travel to […]
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Air Astana: International flights will continue during autumn-winter season

Air Astana will continue to operate flights to international destinations with some changes during the autumn-winter season. From 21st October 2020, the airline, in accordance with the order from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan, will reduce the number of international flights to Turkey, the UAE, Ukraine and Germany. The weekly frequency […]
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IATA: Jordan-Israel airspace agreement will save fuel and time

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the recent overflight agreement between the Kingdom of Jordan and State of Israel that allows for flights to cross over both countries’ airspace. The agreement paves the way for commercial airlines to be able to fly through the Israel-Jordan corridor—which will shorten flight times, reducing fuel burn and […]
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Ukraine International Airlines uses drone-based scanning for aircraft inspections

Ukrainian MRO company MAUtechnic, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) and Luftronix, Inc have jointly conducted drone-based scans of UIA’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft in Kyiv. All scans were conducted using Luftronix’s custom-built drones with high-precision navigation systems and high-quality scanning equipment, and the Luftronix Orchestrator software for scan planning, flight operations and data analysis. “Our focus is […]
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Flybe could be flying again by 2021

Flybe recently said that it could be flying again next year, after administrators announced a successful deal had been agreed with investors. Flybe re-starting flights as early as next year will provide some much needed optimism for the UK and its current economic situation. However, the airline needs to avoid a repeat of what occurred […]
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Wheels Up partners with International LGBTQ+ Travel Association

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association announced today that Wheels Up has become its first global partner in the private aviation sector. Wheels Up, the leading brand in private aviation, is committed to joining IGLTA on its mission to support LGBTQ+ travel across the globe. Wheels Up will have the opportunity to engage with the association’s […]
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Qatar Airways becomes ‘most followed’ airline on Facebook

Qatar Airways has become the most followed airline on Facebook, with more than 20 million followers of its page. The award-winning airline began its social media journey in 2012, and today, it has reached more than 26 million followers globally across its active social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. The airline first […]
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Alaska Airlines launches Embraer 175 service in Alaska

Alaska Airlines added jet service on the Embraer 175 aircraft in the state of Alaska. The E175, operated by regional partner Horizon Air, will serve select markets in Alaska. With the reduction of air service in Alaska earlier this year, the E175 jet gives Alaska Airlines the flexibility to increase daily frequency between Anchorage and […]
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Aeroflot resumes Moscow-Tokyo flights

National flag carrier and the largest airline in Russia, PJSC Aeroflot – Russian Airlines, commonly known as Aeroflot, announced that it will resume flights from Moscow to Tokyo on November 5. “From November 5, regular flights to Japan will resume. The first flight to Tokyo is scheduled for November 5, 2020, flights at the first […]
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Honolulu Mayor urgent appeal to visitors on Oahu

Traveling to Waikiki? Outspoken Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has an urgent message for you. Caldwell told eTurboNews, he will be meeting this afternoon with John de Fries, CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority to push for some immediate implementations to inform tourists in Waikiki and the rest of the Island of Oahu. Caldwell is frustrated […]
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Flights from London to Barbados on British Airways

This weekend marked the inaugural flight of the relaunched year-round daily service from London Heathrow to Barbados on British Airways after a hiatus of more than 15 years. The airline’s four-class Boeing 777-200 safely landed in Bridgetown on Saturday 17 October to a warm Bajan reception, with the Royal Barbados Police Force Band playing the […]
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Abu Dhabi – Tel Aviv Flights on Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will become the first GCC carrier to operate a commercial passenger flight to and from Israel, to bring Israel’s top travel and tourism leaders to the UAE. The historic flight, flown in partnership with the Maman Group, will depart Tel Aviv on 19 October, operated by an […]
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Qatar Airways: 99.988% of passengers COVID-19-free

Qatar Airways reports extremely low numbers of COVID-19 cases on board its aircraft after operating more than 4.6 million passenger flown sectors and over 33 billion revenue passenger kilometers on more than 37,000 COVID-19-free flights across the globe since February 2020. The success of the airline’s robust COVID-19 monitoring, detection and hygiene program has resulted […]
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Airline passengers arrested at Entebbe airport with fake COVID-19 certificates

Ugandan aviation police and the Entebbe airport health team arrested 23 travelers for forging COVID- 19 test results.  Detained passengers include Ugandans and foreigners who are currently detained at Entebbe International Airport before they will be charged in court. Announcing the arrests on local stations, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango said: “We have been receiving […]
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ARC: US travel agency seven-day air ticket volume down

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) today reported the following consolidated airline ticketing volume variances, compared to the same period in 2019. These totals represent sales generated by US travel agencies* and processed through the ARC settlement system. Data figures are for the seven days ending October 18, 2020.     Tickets Issued for All Itineraries:   […]
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Jota Aviation lands at London Biggin Hill Airport

Jota Aviation, the specialist charter and cargo airline, is opening an operational base at London Biggin Hill Airport.   Currently based at London Southend Airport, Jota Aviation specialises in passenger and cargo services, including charter flights for the sports, corporate, music and film industries. Andy Green, CEO, Jota Aviation says: “With its proximity to the […]
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Hawaii COVID-19 response has no Plan B

“We know from recent experience, the anguish and damage that occur when Hawaii is not properly prepared with flexible pragmatic planning and execution”, says Dale Evans, CEO of Charley’s Taxi. Dale knows what she is talking about as a respected mover and shaker in the travel and tourism industry in Hawaii for decades. She is […]
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