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American Airlines announces largest-ever winter schedule to the Caribbean and Latin America

American Airlines announces largest-ever winter schedule to the Caribbean and Latin America

American Airlines has released its winter 2023 itinerary for the Caribbean and Latin America, giving travelers wishing to escape the cold this winter more options. American will maintain its position as the top airline operating nonstop flights between the United States and Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latin America with the addition of two new routes and increased frequencies on 21 existing routes.

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In winter 2023, American will operate more than 2,250 weekly flights to 90 destinations in the region, marking a 10% increase in seat capacity compared to winter 2022.

Starting Dec. 5, American will expand service on 10 routes from Charlotte (CLT) operating through the winter. Customers will have more options to choose from with 40% more seats available from CLT to Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.

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DestinationService Notes
Belize City, Belize (BZE)Expanded to daily service
Cancun, Mexico (CUN)Increase to five daily flights
Curaçao (CUR)Expanded to daily service
Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)Expanded to daily service
Los Cabos, Mexico (SJD)Expanded to daily service
Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ)Increase to four daily flights
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (POP)Expanded to daily service
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ)Increase to four daily flights
San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)Increase to four daily flights
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (STX)Expanded to daily service

Beginning on December 9, American will offer new nonstop flights from Cincinnati (CVG) and Nashville (BNA) to Cancun, Mexico (CUN). Through March, service from BNA and CVG will be available on Saturdays. With the most recent announcement of a second daily service from Austin, Texas (AUS), beginning Nov. 5, these additional routes will supplement the airline’s more than 35 peak-day flights to Cancun.

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Additionally, America intends to add more than 50 daily departures from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to seven well-liked Mexican cities. This winter, American will increase departures, further solidifying Miami’s (MIA) position as the main entry point between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean. With more than 140 daily flights to 70 locations, American provides travelers with an industry-leading schedule and destination choice so they can experience everything the area has to offer.

More connectivity to the Caribbean from Miami

DestinationService Notes
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (POS)Increase to two daily flights
Santiago, Dominican Republic (STI)Increase to two daily flights
Tortola, British Virgin Islands (EIS)Increase to two daily flights
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Ex-Cathay Pacific A330-300 Destroyed by Fire during Long-Term Storage at Spain

Ex-Cathay Pacific A330-300 Destroyed by Fire during Long-Term Storage at Spain

In a dramatic turn of events, an ex-Cathay Pacific Airbus A330 met a fiery end at Ciudad Real Airport in Spain. The aircraft, with a distinguished service history spanning 28 years, was resting in long-term storage at the airport when disaster struck.

Reports emerged detailing the unfortunate incident, painting a picture of destruction and chaos. The once majestic A330, bearing the serial number MSN113, became engulfed in flames while undergoing dismantling procedures. What began as a routine process turned into a nightmare as a fire erupted in the aircraft’s tail section, quickly spreading to consume the entire fuselage.

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Emergency responders, including the Civil Guard, medical teams, and law enforcement personnel, swiftly descended upon the scene to contain the inferno. Despite the intensity of the blaze, their coordinated efforts prevented any injuries among both the public and the brave individuals working to quell the flames.

By mid-afternoon, the Ciudad Real fire service declared victory over the fire, announcing its successful extinguishment. However, the aftermath left behind a trail of questions and concerns. Authorities launched an investigation into the cause of the blaze, with initial findings shrouded in mystery.

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The head of the airport expressed astonishment at the unprecedented event, highlighting it as the first instance where airport infrastructure had to grapple with such a significant fire-related challenge. As the investigation unfolds, the aviation community awaits answers, hoping to shed light on the circumstances leading to the demise of the retired Airbus A330.

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Air India’s last VVIP Boeing 747 now found a new home in USA

Air India's last VVIP Boeing 747 now found a new home in USA
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In a symbolic transition marking the end of a storied chapter in aviation history, Air India bid farewell to its last remaining Boeing 747-400 jumbo jetliners, once revered for ferrying dignitaries including prime ministers, presidents, and vice presidents.

The sale of these iconic aircraft to AerSale, a company based in the United States, signals the closure of a remarkable era for the airline.

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The decision to part ways with the Boeing 747s was driven by practical considerations. Tata Group, the new custodian of airindia flights, deemed these majestic planes uneconomical to operate in today’s aviation landscape. As such, out of the four sold, two will be repurposed into freighters, while the remaining pair will be meticulously disassembled to harness their valuable parts.

The transaction, orchestrated by Mumbai-based Vman Aviation Services, underscores the strategic shift in Air India’s fleet management strategy under its new ownership. Tata Group’s decision to divest from the 747s reflects a commitment to optimizing operational efficiency and aligning with contemporary industry standards.

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Skytech-AIC, a UK-based remarketing firm engaged by Tata Group, facilitated the sale of these iconic aircraft, marking the conclusion of their illustrious service with Air India. The airline’s last flight featuring the Boeing 747 took to the skies between Delhi and Mumbai in March 2021, encapsulating decades of distinguished service and indelible memories.

The allure of used aircraft parts continues to resonate across the aviation sector, offering operators a cost-effective alternative without compromising on quality or performance. The transfer of these aircraft to AerSale not only ensures their continued utility but also underscores the enduring legacy of Air India’s fleet.

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A software error caused grounding the entire airline fleet

A software error caused the grounding entire airline fleet

On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a ground stop advisory for all Alaska Airlines and subcarrier flights due to a software issue, disrupting travel plans for passengers.

The FAA directive, which prohibited the departure of Alaska Airlines mainline and subcarrier flights, was implemented as a precautionary measure following the detection of the software problem. The ground stop was initiated after Alaska Airlines encountered difficulties during a system upgrade related to the calculation of weight and balance for their flights.

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As a result, the airline opted for a temporary suspension of all its operations to address the issue and ensure passenger safety. Alaska Airlines promptly issued a statement acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to resolving the matter swiftly. “This morning we experienced an issue while performing an upgrade to the system that calculates our weight and balance.

Out of an abundance of caution, we requested a ground stop for all Alaska and Horizon flights, which was instituted at approximately 7:30 a.m. PT,” the statement read. Passengers affected by the disruption voiced their concerns on social media platforms, prompting Alaska Airlines to reassure them of their efforts to minimize the inconvenience and expedite the resumption of flights.

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Following approximately an hour-long interruption, the FAA lifted the ground stop order, allowing Alaska Airlines and its subcarriers to resume normal operations. However, it was clarified that SkyWest, which provides regional service for Alaska Airlines and other carriers, was exempt from the ground stop and continued its flights unaffected.

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