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Airline overviews by TravelPirates

Anyone looking for flights on the Internet today will be confronted with a barrage of offers from various airlines. But which airline offers which amenities? Which airline is particularly inexpensive? And with which airline should you book business class or first class flights? If you want a brief overview of the key elements of each airline, you will find all that and more here.

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Aeroflot is Russia's largest airline and operates both domestically and internationally, mainly flying from it's home airport, Sheremetyevo International. The company is impressive in its history and longevity. After all, Aeroflotis one of the oldest airlines in the world!

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Aer Lingus

When you think of a low-cost airline Irish airline, Ryanair may come to mind. However, AerLingusis not only the second largest airline in the country, but also the only Irish 4-star airline and the national airline of Ireland. Since the company is based in Dublin, you'll mainly see the green-white machines with their signature cloverleaf  at the Dublin airport from which they typically fly to cities within Europe, North America, and the Middle East.

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AirAsiaBhdis a Malaysian low-cost airline based in Kuala Lumpur. It was founded in 1993, but only launched its flight operations in November 1996. However, times were tough for AirAsia back then. The airline was heavily in debt and was sold for the symbolic price of 1 ringgit (approx. $.25) to Tune Air Sdn Bhd. From then on things were back on track for AirAsia and by 2002 the airline had already achieved profits. In addition, AirAsia expanded its route network and founded several subsidiaries.

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Air Canada

Canada's largest airline, AirCanada, is not only a founding member of the Star Alliance, but also one of the 20 largest airlines in the world. With one of the world's youngest and most environmentally-friendly fleets, they fly more than 41 million passengers each year to more than 200 destinations, located on six continents.

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Air France

AirFrance is the national airline of France and has its headquarters in Paris. It is also a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance with Delta Air Lines, Korean Air, and Aeroméxico, and forms Air France-KLM along with the Dutch KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

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Air New Zealand

The national airline of New Zealand, AirNewZealand, is based in Auckland and was founded in 1940. Every year, it transports more than 15 million passengers and is one of the largest airlines in the Pacific region and largest companies in New Zealand. In addition, Air New Zealand should be well known to every Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fan. Above all, the airline is known for one thing: its extraordinary safety videos with actors from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, filmed at the original locations.

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Alitalia is the Italian national airline based in Fiumicino and operating out of Rome's Fiumicino Airport. However, in May 2017 Alitaliahad to file for bankruptcy. The Italian Government has granted Alitalia loans amounting to 900 million euros. However, this plan was not well received with the Italian public and was met with strong criticism. Who knows whats up next for Alitalia?