Vistara Seeks U.S. Permission, Starlux Receives Approval

By David Casey Apr 29, 2021
Vistara is seeking approval to begin flying to destinations in the U.S. later this year as the Indian carrier continues to expand its international footprint. 
Airports & Routes

Neos Receives Tentative Approval For Scheduled U.S. Routes

By David Casey Apr 19, 2021
Milan-based airline Neos has received tentative approval from the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) for exemption authority and an amended foreign air carrier permit.
Airlines & Lessors

Spirit Opposes Changes On JetBlue Routes To Ecuador

By David Casey Apr 06, 2021
Spirit Airlines has filed a complaint with the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) which questions whether JetBlue Airways and American Airlines are coordinating flights and routes “outside of the scope” of their new Northeast alliance. 
Airports & Routes

NextGen Benefits Trail Expectations, DOT OIG Report Says

By Bill Carey Apr 05, 2021
Benefits of the FAA’s long-running NextGen air traffic control modernization are difficult to measure and have not kept pace with initial projections, the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

U.S. DOT Retaliates Against Hong Kong In Quarantine Spat

By Lori Ranson Mar 18, 2021
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) is now requiring Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific to file its U.S. flight schedules with the agency so it can determine if the company’s operations are creating adverse conditions.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Aer Lingus’ UK-U.S. Route Ambitions Clear Regulatory Hurdle

By David Casey Mar 08, 2021
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) has granted tentative approval for Irish carrier Aer Lingus to begin marketing its planned UK-U.S. routes. 
Airports & Routes

FAA Blasts Boeing’s Commercial Operation For Ongoing Noncompliance

By Sean Broderick Feb 25, 2021
Boeing failed to meet its obligations in five of 12 areas specified in a 2015 agreement with the FAA that required various safety and quality-control improvements in its Commercial Airplanes division and will pay $5.4 million in new penalties as a result, the FAA said Feb. 25. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

OP-ED: New DOT Rule Undermines Airline Consumer Protections

Kevin Mitchell, Susan Grant, John Breyault and Kurt Ebenhoch Feb 22, 2021
A Feb. 5 op-ed took pains to defend an anti-consumer policy that was stealthily released the day after Thanksgiving in the waning days of former U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s tenure.
Air Transport

OP-ED: U.S. DOT’s ‘Unfair Or Deceptive Practices’ Rule Is Fair And Transparent

David Heffernan and Robert Kneisley Feb 05, 2021
In 2020, the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) issued a rule clarifying how it interprets its statutory authority to prohibit airlines from…
Safety, Ops & Regulation

RwandAir Revives New York Ambitions

By David Casey Feb 05, 2021
Rwanda’s flag-carrier RwandAir is seeking permission to launch flights to New York later in 2021 with a one-stop route operating via Ghana
Airports & Routes

JetBlue Files Complaint Over London Slot Access

By David Casey Jan 25, 2021
JetBlue Airways has filed a complaint with the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT), alleging its transatlantic expansion plans are being hindered because of difficulties obtaining slots at London airports.
Airports & Routes

Buttigieg Backs Mask Mandate During Confirmation Hearing

By Bill Carey Jan 21, 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) pledged Jan. 21 to enforce a presidential directive requiring people to wear masks during interstate travel to prevent against the spread of COVID-19.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Daily Memo: Mixed Reactions After U.S. DOT Nixes Fare Display RFI

By Ben Goldstein Jan 13, 2021
U.S. carriers were delighted by the U.S. Transportation Department’s (DOT) decision to withdraw its request for information (RFI) into airline fare display practices, but groups representing consumers are crying foul.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

American, JetBlue Reach Antitrust Agreement With DOT For Partnership 

By Aaron Karp Jan 13, 2021
American Airlines and JetBlue Airways said they have reached an agreement with the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) that will allow them to move forward with their northeast U.S.-focused partnership.
Airlines & Lessors

Jordan Aviation Applies To Serve U.S. Routes

By David Casey Jan 11, 2021
Jordan Aviation has filed an application with the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) to begin flights between Jordan and the U.S.
Airports & Routes

DOT Secretary Chao, 'Deeply Troubled' By Trump Protest, Resigns

By Karen Walker Jan 07, 2021
The U.S. political crisis spilled into the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) Thursday when DOT secretary Elaine Chao became the first cabinet official to resign in response to the mob invasion of the Capitol building by President Donald Trump supporters on Jan. 6.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

U.S. Approves Aer Lingus Entry Into Transatlantic Joint Venture

By Ben Goldstein Dec 23, 2020
Aer Lingus has won approval from the U.S. Transportation Department to enter into a transatlantic joint venture that also includes American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair and Iberia.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

EDITORIAL: Buttigieg Will Need To Show Quick Learning Of The Air Transport Industry

By Karen Walker Dec 15, 2020
The Dec. 15 news that US President-elect Joe Biden will nominate former election rival Pete Buttigieg to be US Transportation Secretary will likely be met with a slightly quizzical “interesting” by those in Washington DC aviation circles.
Air Transport

Taiwan's Starlux Eyes Los Angeles For First U.S. Route

By David Casey Dec 15, 2020
Los Angeles has been earmarked by Starlux Airlines as the Taiwanese carrier’s first U.S. destination as it builds on plans to grow its international network.
Airports & Routes

Aer Lingus Seeks Permission For UK-U.S. Routes

By David Casey Dec 11, 2020
Irish carrier Aer Lingus is seeking permission to enter the UK-U.S. transatlantic market from next summer, with an initial three routes planned from a new base at Manchester Airport (MAN).
Airports & Routes

Ukraine’s Windrose Airlines Seeks U.S. Approval

By David Casey Dec 09, 2020
Windrose Airlines is seeking permission from the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) to serve the market between Ukraine and the U.S.
Airports & Routes

U.S. DOT Final Rule Narrows Scope of Service Animals In Flight

By Ben Goldstein Dec 02, 2020
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) has issued a final rule placing new restrictions on passengers flying with service animals, closing a controversial loophole that caused major headaches for carriers in recent years.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Delta Air Lines, WestJet Scrap Joint Venture Plans

By David Casey Nov 23, 2020
U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines and Canada’s WestJet have pulled the plug on a planned joint venture (JV) that would have seen the airlines deepen their existing codeshare partnership and coordinate schedules on transborder routes.
Airlines & Lessors

U.S., UK Sign New Open Skies Accord For Post-Brexit Flights

By Ben Goldstein Nov 17, 2020
The U.S. and UK have signed a new bilateral Open Skies agreement, ensuring continuity in transatlantic air travel as the UK nears the end of its Brexit transition period.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

U.S. Tentatively Approves Aer Lingus’ Entry Into Transatlantic Joint Venture

By David Casey Nov 17, 2020
Aer Lingus has been granted tentative approval to join an existing antitrust-immune transatlantic joint venture that includes American Airlines, British Airways (BA), Iberia and Finnair.
Airlines & Lessors