Virgin Atlantic delays Airbus A340 retirement due to Boeing 787 parts shortage

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

Virgin Atlantic’s five Airbus A340-600s won’t be exiting the airline’s fleet at the end of October after all. According to Flightglobal, Virgin Atlantic is being forced to prolong Airbus A340 operations as a result of a parts shortage involving the A340’s replacement, the Boeing 787. The Airbus A340-600 was originally slated to operate its final …

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LATAM unveils Star Wars “Galaxy’s Edge” themed livery

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

LATAM Brazil recently unveiled a special new Star Wars themed livery. The livery celebrates the new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge attraction at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, which officially opened to park visitors on August 29. LATAM Brazil’s new livery can be found on PT-MUA, an 11-year-old Boeing 777-300ER. The livery features a gigantic …

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Airlines get their service animal policies in line with DOT rules

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

You may have noticed updates to your favorite U.S. airline’s service animal policy recently. There’s a reason for that. Earlier this summer, the Department of Transportation released a statement of enforcement priorities for service animal regulations, and airlines have been evaluating and updating their policies to get into line with the DOT’s guidance. Now, it …

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Small, medium or large? Airbus now divides its planes by range, not size

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

Airbus planes will now be divided into three types: small, medium and large. But that has little to do with their size. Airbus predicted the global aviation industry would need almost 40,000 new planes in the next 20 years, according to a market forecast released Wednesday. In announcing the data, the European manufacturer also said …

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First-class cookies: Chocolate chunk knocks out snickerdoodles at American

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

So long, snickerdoodle. Make way for chocolate chunk. American Airlines introduced a new chocolate chunk cookie earlier this month for passengers flying domestic first class. The new cookies are produced by Best Maid Cookie Company and were first loaded onto flights on Sept. 11, American spokeswoman Leah Rubertino told TPG. Rubertino said that the new …

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French budget airline XL Airways, which flies to the US, suspends ticket sales

Written by Ben Mutzabaugh @ The Points Guy

Trouble appears to be brewing for French discount airline XL Airways. The long-haul budget carrier abruptly suspended ticket sales Thursday because of “financial difficulties.” “Some of our flights may have to be cancelled,” XL warned via its website, though it provided few additional details. The airline advised customers to “verify their flight’s status” on its …

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United Airlines currently has ‘no interest’ in 100-seat jets

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

United Airlines does not need a 100-seat jet. At least according to Ankit Gupta, the man who would put such an aircraft to work across the carrier’s domestic network. “Over our five-year plan, we have no interest in buying a 100-seater,” Gupta, who leads the Chicago-based carrier’s domestic network planning team, said in an interview …

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Airbus predicts airlines will need to buy nearly 40,000 new planes in the next 20 years

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

Airbus predicts the world’s air carriers will need around 39,000 new planes by 2038. The European manufacturer released that market guidance Wednesday, saying the aviation industry should see annual capacity growth around 4.3% over the next 20 years. Those numbers in Airbus’ projections include freight and passenger airplanes of all sizes. But Airbus believes the …

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Be nice to your gate agents. They have enough to deal with.

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

Travel snafus are frustrating. In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to see the customer service agent telling you your flight is delayed or canceled as a personification of the airline — and therefore responsible for your inconvenience. A new survey by the Government Accountability Office shows that passengers regularly take out their frustration …

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Air Canada adds another international route from booming Montreal hub

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Air Canada will connect its growing Montreal hub with Bogotá next June, part of a continued international expansion push at the airline’s hub there. The Star Alliance carrier will offer three weekly flights between Montreal Trudeau (YUL) and Bogotá (BOG) beginning June 2, the company said Wednesday. It will operate a Boeing 767-300ER on the …

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It’s now official: Atlanta is the world’s busiest airport. Again…

Written by Ben Mutzabaugh @ The Points Guy

It’s official: The world’s busiest airport is in Atlanta. Again. More than 107 million passengers flew through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International in 2018, helping the airport claim the “world’s busiest” title for the 22nd consecutive year. Atlanta outpaced No. 2 Beijing (PEK), which was the only other airport to see more than 100 million passengers, according to …

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Canada’s capital is getting its first-ever Boeing 787 Dreamliner route

Written by Ben Mutzabaugh @ The Points Guy

Fans of the Dreamliner will soon have a new option for flights between North America and Europe. That will come in Ottawa (YOW), where Air Canada will switch to the Boeing 787-8 for its route to London Heathrow (LHR) on March 29. Air Canada currently operates Boeing 767s on the route. Air Canada billed the …

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KLM ditches one of its European flights in favor of trains

Written by Alberto Riva @ The Points Guy

A major European airline is cutting back on flights and replacing that capacity with high-speed trains instead. From 29 March 2020, Dutch flag carrier KLM will replace one of its five daily flights from Amsterdam to Brussels with trains operated by the French-Belgian high-speed rail company Thalys. The flight between the two cities is so …

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Airlines collected $2.8 billion in bag fees in the first half of 2019. Here’s how to avoid them

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

U.S. airlines reported a second-quarter 2019 after-tax net profit of $4.8 billion, and a pre-tax operating profit of $6.9 billion, according to a just-released report from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Want to guess where a large chunk of that profit came from? You guessed it, baggage fees. Airlines collected $1.5 billion in baggage fees, …

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Why airfares won’t jump after the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

The attacks on oil production facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend may have taken a bite out of global supply, but that is unlikely to translate to higher airfares anytime soon. The attacks reportedly took out about half of state-owned Aramco’s production, which amounts to roughly 6% of global oil supply. Markets responded in …

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