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Alaska Airlines increases E175, B737 MAX orders

14.05.2021 – 03:38 UTC

Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int’l) has ordered seventeen incremental E175s and, at the same time, has firmed options for thirteen B737-9s.

The carrier said the nine 76-seat Embraer regional jets would be placed with its regional subsidiary Horizon Air (QX, Seattle Tacoma Int’l). Five are scheduled to deliver in 2022, and the remaining in 2023. Horizon Air currently operates thirty E175s and has a further three on firm order, estimated for delivery in 2022. All of its E175s are owned by Horizon Air, the ch-aviation fleets ownership module shows. The airline also operates thirty-two DHC-8-Q400s for Alaska Airlines.

The remaining eight E175s will be delivered to independent regional capacity provider SkyWest Airlines (OO, Salt Lake City) in 2022. SkyWest currently operates 193 E175s, including 32 for Alaska Airlines (owned by the regional carrier) and the remainder for Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. It has twenty units of the type on firm order from Embraer and will operate them for American Airlines…

Pipeline crisis forces American Airlines to adopt tech stops

14.05.2021 – 01:06 UTC

American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) long-haul flights affected by a cyber attack-caused fuel supply shortage are to return to normal by May 15, 2021, the airline says.

The carrier was forced to add refuelling stops to a pair of its long-haul flights after hackers on May 7 caused the shut-down of the Colonial Pipeline, the country’s biggest fuel conduit that stretches from Texas to New Jersey.

It delivers jet fuel directly to the airports of Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson, Charlotte Int’l, Baltimore Thurgood Marshall, Nashville Int’l, and Washington DC. It also supplies other major eastern airports, such as those in New York, through other pipelines with which it connects.

Two of American’s daily flights from Charlotte Int’l were affected by the outage: Flight AA 569 to Honolulu, usually a 10-hour non-stop service, was forced to route via Dallas/Fort Worth; while Flight AA 730 to London Heathrow, usually only eight hours direct, had to refuel in Boston. American also offered flight options for the latter destination via…

Tel Aviv Ben Gurion, Israel reopens after rocket fire

12.05.2021 – 20:50 UTC

Israel’s Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport has re-opened to traffic with a number of flights taking off on Wednesday morning.

The airport was temporarily closed on the evening of March 11, 2021, due to rocket attacks from Gaza on Tel Aviv, which saw flights cancelled, delayed or diverted to Larnaca and Cairo Int’l.

By Wednesday, at least 40 people were reported killed in the region in the worst outbreak of violence since 2014 between Israel and Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that controls Gaza, following Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and hundreds of rockets fired on Israel overnight. Videos posted on social media on Tuesday night showed the Ben Gurion airport terminal being evacuated and rockets flying near the airport being intercepted by the Israeli “Iron Dome” defense system.

According to FlightRadar24 and live information from the airport flight board, amongst the airlines which cancelled their return flights to Tel Aviv on Tuesday included flydubai (FZ1549 and FZ1947 from Dubai Int’l), Turkish Airlines Flight TK810 from Istanbul New, and Wizz Air…


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