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Jun 29, 2016

Flying the CSeries; it’s a full throated narrowbody, and that’s a problem

Today I flew on a Bombardier CS100 directly after it was delivered to SWISS, marking the first delivery of the all-new CSeries aircraft....More
Jun 27, 2016

Brexit could lead to doors closing on Open Skies2

Among questions being asked in the air transport industry since last week’s shock Brexit referendum result is what does the UK’s divorce from the....More
Jun 10, 2016

IATA leadership transition: From TT to AdJ; al Baker, please behave4

Alexandre de Juniac’s tenure as the seventh IATA director general....More
Jun 06, 2016

Bag Blog final: Airlines & airports score well; Dulles customs not so8

As I’m now back home in Washington DC, this is the final “bag-blog” covering the last leg of my European work trip. Essentially, both security....More
Jun 03, 2016

Irish charm delivers me to Dublin

This bag-and-I update is a little delayed as I’ve been at the IATA AGM in Dublin the past couple of days. So how did the last leg go? There was an....More
May 30, 2016

Hamburg again; Avec ou sans bag?1

The latest leg took me back to Hamburg last night from Barcelona via Paris Charles de Gaulle; an Air France Airbus A321 followed by an A320....More
May 25, 2016

Second leg: Air France delivers my bag but loses 13 passengers6

Happy to report that I am in Barcelona and so is my bag. Two flights completed from Hamburg to Barcelona, via Paris Charles de Gaulle, in Air France....More
May 24, 2016

Dulles to Hamburg, hassle-free and bag delivered3

The first leg started and finished well. Bag drop-off at Washington Dulles was a breeze – I had checked in online, walked right up to the counter and....More
May 20, 2016

If It’s Tuesday it must be Barcelona, but where will Karen’s bag be?1

On Sunday I depart for a two-week work trip that involves seven airports, six countries, five hotels, four airlines and three different work events,....More
May 12, 2016

Congress’ colander case for solving long airport security lines12

Each time I think political meddling in how airlines run their business cannot get any worse or more ridiculous, one of our elected lawmakers proves....More
May 05, 2016

Norwegian becomes the new “Gulf” target in the transatlantic battle13

Perhaps not surprisingly, last month’s announcement by the US Department of Transportation that Norwegian Air International (NAI) should be granted a....More
Apr 18, 2016

DOT’s decision on Norwegian scores one for competition & Open Skies, finally5

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) decision to give tentative permission for Norwegian Air International (NAI) to serve the US, more than two....More
Apr 15, 2016

Dave Barger a most worthy recipient of the Pogue Award1

Cool as they are, I often argue that aircraft are not the most important or interesting assets of an airline. What really makes the global air....More
Apr 13, 2016

Post Brussels attacks, some need lesson in decency & decorum10

The March 22 terrorist attacks on Brussels Airport and the city’s metro system were sickening. It beggars belief, therefore, to record two events....More
Mar 31, 2016

Virgin America: Why Alaska might be the better fit2

Yesterday I wrote some initial thoughts on potential outcomes if, as widely reported but not confirmed, Virgin America is talking to potential buyers....More
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