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Two American travelers to Canada fined $16,000 each for fake vaccination documents

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Canadian officials have charged two American travelers and fined them 20,000 Canadian dollars each - around $16,000 USD - for providing fake COVID-19 vaccination documents. The unnamed travelers arrived from the U.S. in Canada the week of July 18. Officials from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) fined each traveler four times for a total of 19,720 CAD per traveler. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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The WestJet Fleet In 2021 by

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Calgary-based WestJet is Canada’s second-largest airline, behind flag carrier Air Canada. It operates a diverse fleet that features turboprops, narrowbody jets, and widebody jets. Let’s take a closer look at its exact makeup, to see what it is that makes WestJet tick. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Airlines like United and American are dedicating billions of dollars to fly a new type of aircraft that won't require pilots

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United Airlines became the first major US airline to place an order for electric take-off and land aircraft, better known as eVTOLs, in February and its early adoption kicked off a trend in the industry. American Airlines soon followed with a $1 billion preorder with Vertical Aerospace for up to 250 eVTOLs. (www.businessinsider.com) More...

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SkyWest Records Quarterly Profit Amid New Alaska And American Deals

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Buoyed by new deals with American Airlines and Alaska Airlines that will shore up SkyWest in the long run, the regional carrier has recorded a quarterly profit and is optimistic about its opportunities of resuming its full scale of operations as the industry recovers. With a profit of just under $62 million under its belt, SkyWest is coming back strong and bolstering its position as a leading regional carrier in the United States. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Boeing's Starliner capsule rolls away from pad after launch delay (photos)

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Boeing's Starliner capsule has left the launch pad, just 24 hours after it got there. Starliner and its United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket rolled out to Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station yesterday (July 29) to prepare for a liftoff toward the International Space Station today (July 30). (www.space.com) More...

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United Airlines Looks To Outsource Its Catering Operation

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Starting in October, United Airlines will be transitioning its catering services to three external suppliers. NewRest, Gate Gourmet, and Sky Café will be taking over the preparation of the airline’s in-flight meals and menus. The decision affects over 2,000 United employees – most of whom will be offered jobs with the new partners. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Fiji Airways Sends Two Airbus A330s Back To Its Lessors

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Fiji Airways is losing a third of its Airbus A330 fleet as it returns two A330-200 aircraft back to lessors. The airline has been working to reduce its costs amid the global health crisis and persistent travel restrictions, and suppressed demand. The aircraft will fly back to Abu Dhabi and their lessor, Etihad Airways. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Elite status devalued? What Delta’s second elite status extension, MQM rollover means for elites

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Earlier this week, I reported on Delta being the first U.S. airline to extend elite status through 2022. Now all members who earned status in 2019, 2020 or 2021 will have Delta elite status through Jan. 31, 2023 — even if they don’t fly a single mile this year. This is excellent news for those who are still traveling less due to the pandemic, but it could have some unforeseen consequences for new elites and Delta elites who are back on the road. (thepointsguy.com) More...

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ExpressJet to Resume Operations

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ExpressJet Airlines says it will resume service “within the quarter” after the US Department of Transportation (DOT) granted the regional carrier permission to restart commercial operations under its own brand. Atlanta-based ExpressJet had shuttered in September 2020 after United Airlines terminated its exclusive flying agreement with the airline. It applied to the DOT for recertification on 15 April, saying at the time it planned to fly point-to-point routes to underserved cities that had lost… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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Boeing jets emissions data highlights industry's green challenge

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Commercial jets delivered by Boeing Co (BA.N) last year will account on average for emissions equivalent to 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each over their 20-year-plus lifespans, a new report from the planemaker shows. (www.reuters.com) More...

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Airbus: Traveling By Air Remains Very Safe

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Air travel is starting to open up again, with passenger numbers heading in the right direction in several countries. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Why Wasn’t The Boeing 777-300 Popular?

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Rather than being a failure, though, it was simply too lacking in range to be taken up by many airlines. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Airbus Targets 2025 for A350 Freighter

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Airbus is developing a version of its wide-body A350 aircraft for the commercial air cargo market, according to the half-year results posted by the Toulouse-based manufacturer on July 29. (www.aviationtoday.com) More...

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Cancun to Mexico City in Cockpit AeroMexico Boeing 737-800

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Cancun to Mexico City in Cockpit AeroMexico Boeing 737-800 (www.youtube.com) More...

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Contour Airlines to offer nonstop flights between Milwaukee and Indianapolis and Milwaukee and Pittsburgh

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Contour Airlines said Wednesday that it will begin nonstop service between Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport to Indianapolis International Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport beginning Oct. 12, 2021. The airline will offer the only nonstop service between Milwaukee and "two key short-haul markets," according to a statement from officials at Mitchell. (www.msn.com) More...

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India’s newest airline Akasa Air - All you need to know

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India’s billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala has announced to launch his own ultra-low-cost airline called Akasa Air. With 40 per cent ownership and an investment of USD 35 million, Jhunjhunwala said the airline is expected to have 70 aircraft within 4 years. Jhujhunwala is expecting a no-objection certificate from the Ministry of Aviation, Government of India in the next 15 days. (www.jagranjosh.com) More...

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Rakesh Jhunjhunwala's low-cost airline to revive Boeing in India

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Billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala's plan to launch an ultra-low-cost airline could give planemaker Boeing a chance to regain lost ground in India after the fall of one of its biggest customers, Jet Airways, two years ago, industry executives say. Mr Jhunjhunwala, known as India's Warren Buffett for his successful stock investments, plans to team up with former CEOs of IndiGo, the country's biggest carrier, and Jet Airways to tap into demand for domestic air travel. While plans to… (www.telegraphindia.com) More...

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Southwest sues Skiplagged in Texas, escalating its legal challenge against flight-search sites that display its fares

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Southwest Airlines sued flight-search site Skiplagged in Texas over displaying the airline's fares. The lawsuit escalated the airline's legal fight, following a lawsuit against Kiwi.com. "Neither Skiplagged nor Kiwi is authorized to display Southwest fares," the airline said. Southwest Airlines filed a lawsuit against Skiplagged, a flight search engine, in a second legal challenge against flight-search sites that display the airline's cheap flights. The airline said both… (www.yahoo.com) More...

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FBI investigating latest alleged Los Angeles 'jetpack guy' sighting

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The FBI is investigating a new report of Los Angeles’ elusive "jetpack guy"-- who may have been spotted soaring over California again this week. A commercial pilot radioed in the possible sighting Wednesday at 6:12 p.m., about 15 miles east of Los Angeles International Airport at an elevation of 5,000 feet. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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Lufthansa Launches Economy Sleeper Rows On Some Long-Haul Flights

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German flag carrier Lufthansa is set to launch economy class sleeper rows on certain long-haul flights next month. This comes after the Star Alliance founding member trialed the concept, which it has named ‘Sleeper’s Row,’ last year. Let’s take a closer look at the costs of this service, and the kinds of flights on which Lufthansa is set to offer it. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Alaska Airlines Brings Back More Meal Service

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Alaska Airlines has announced that it is expanding inflight service offerings in all cabins. With hot options starting to come back in first class and expanded beverage options in economy, the airline is making it clear that it is not envisioning a post-pandemic world with fewer inflight offerings for customers. (simpleflying.com) More...

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Will The Airbus A350F Encourage Boeing To Launch The 777XF?

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Speaking at a recent earnings call, Airbus Chief Guillaume Faury said that his company hopes to offer an A350 freighter, pending board approval. The decision is the result of customer feedback for increased competition and follows months of speculation and public ‘encouragement’ from one particular airline CEO. So, now that a next-generation Airbus freighter is on the way, will Boeing follow suit? (simpleflying.com) More...

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