Our most impactful stories this week


Hello and welcome to Simple Flying’s first weekly “Sunday Reads” digest of November 2022, and our 82nd overall. Let’s start the month off in style by looking back at some of the most notable aviation news from the past week.

Airline Startup of the Week: Antigua Airways Launches Operations

There’s a new airline in the Caribbean. Antigua Airways, a carrier operating from VC Bird International Airport (ANU) on the island of Antigua (a few miles northeast of St John’s, the capital of Antigua and Barbuda), has launched operations November 1. You can read more about this new airline in our article here.


Hi Fly Airbus A340 returns to Antarctica

As Europe kicks off winter gently, think of the crew of Hi Fly Flight 3L801/3L802. This week they embarked on an Airbus A340 for a 5,000 NM (9,260 kilometer) odyssey from Cape Town, South Africa, to Antarctica and back.

Hi Fly Antarctica Airbus A340

Photo: Hi Fly

SpiceJet launches scheduled flights between India and Italy using 737 MAX aircraft

Indian low-cost airline SpiceJet is now offering regular long-haul services to Europe, capitalizing on post-pandemic demand. The airline will serve two destinations in Italy from Amritsar using its narrow-body 737 MAX aircraft, with a stopover in Georgia. You can take a closer look at this new route in our article here.

Airplane SpiceJet Boeing 737 MAX

Photo: Boeing

Air New Zealand advises passengers not to use baggage trackers

Following the baggage tracker drama with Lufthansa over the banning of the use of Apple AirTags, fellow Star Alliance member Air New Zealand has nearly followed suit. On its website, the flag carrier classified luggage trackers as lithium-ion battery-powered devices and advised passengers against using them.

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZL

Photo: Vincenzo Pace I simply fly

Go First Passengers booked on a non-existent flight

Imagine holding a valid plane ticket, getting ready on the day of departure, and arriving at the airport hours in advance to be told that the flight in question does not exist. This is what happened to a group of passengers booked on Indian low-cost carrier Go First for a flight from Hyderabad to Delhi on October 31.

Go First Airbus A320

Photo: Airbus

How to create a Net-Zero roadmap for an airline – easyJet edition

European low-cost airline easyJet has distinguished itself with a wide range of partnerships to advance the industry’s sustainability agenda. Last month, the carrier unveiled an ambitious, science-aligned roadmap to achieving net zero by 2050.

easyjet A320neo on runway in Spain

Photo: Getty Images

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