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Free Meals Again!

February 19, 2017

Delta Air Lines will begin including meals at no extra cost for all main cabin seats on 12 transcontinental domestic routes this spring, reversing a longstanding trend of US airlines not including meal service with economy-class tickets on domestic flights. Photo: Smoked turkey sandwich meal to be offered during daytime flights in the main cabin… Continue Reading


April 2016: News Item A-1: The Alaska Air Group, parent company of Alaska Airlines (ASA) agreed on April 3rd to purchase San Francisco-based Virgin America (VUS) for approximately $2.6 billion.

April 4, 2016

Presently (ASA) operates 147 Boeing 737S and (VUS) has 60 Airbus A320 jets. (ASA) will leapfrog JetBlue Airways (JBL), which it was competing with in the bidding for (VUS), to become the 5th largest USA airline, after American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and United Airlines (UAL). San Francisco will become a second major… Continue Reading


March 22, 2016

“EBA-2016-03 – Terror Attack at Brussels Airport.jpg” which killed 30 and 200+ injured.


March 2016: News Item A-1: “USA Carriers File Applications to Start Scheduled Flights to Cuba” by (ATW) Editor Karen Walker, March 2, 2016.

March 3, 2016

All four USA major carriers and at least three independents filed applications with the USA government March 2, seeking approval to provide non-stop services to Cuba. The flood of filings, submitted March 2, come after the USA and Cuba announced an agreement in February to resume scheduled commercial air service. Services are expected to begin… Continue Reading



January 11, 2016

As we welcome in a new year, I thought I would give a personalized recap on some of the most significant moments in the global air transport industry through 2015; and give a few thoughts on what to watch for in 2016. * What Happened? Gulf Wars III. For commercial aviation journalists, this was the… Continue Reading


October 2015: “China-Made ARJ21-700 Regional Jet Set for Delivery, But No USA Certification” by Siva Govindasamy, & Matthew Miller, “Reuters” October 21, 2015.

October 22, 2015

The (COMAC) (CCC) ARJ21 regional jet, which can seat up to 90 passengers, received the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) type certification last December and will be delivered to launch customer Chengdu Airlines (UEG) shortly, two people familiar with the plane’s program told “Reuters.” The plane will fly without USA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)… Continue Reading


“Unfriendly Skies: Ukraine to Close Airspace to Russian Airlines” By WCARN.com Christopher Miller, Mashable, September 25, 2015.

September 28, 2015

News Item A-7: “Unfriendly Skies: Ukraine to Close Airspace to Russian Airlines” By WCARN.com Christopher Miller, Mashable, September 25, 2015. The skies over Eastern Europe just became a little less friendly. Ukraine announced it will close its airspace to Russian airlines starting October 25 (the latest move in its conflict with Russia over Russia’s annexation… Continue Reading