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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
Mar 30, 2016

If Virgin America is for sale, would a deal be allowed?1

The potential prospect of Virgin America being merged with either Alaska Airlines or JetBlue Airways, as was widely reported yesterday, is intriguing....More
Mar 22, 2016

Life at 20,000ft and why you should choose a window seat3

Tuesday was another routine day and yet a unique day in my work life. At 5.30 am I woke to news of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. As it involved....More
Mar 08, 2016

Gordon’s alive, but not necessarily doing his best by United6

Former Continental Airlines CEO Gordon Bethune’s attack on United Airlines this week is troubling....More
Mar 07, 2016

Ex-Im, Airbus, Boeing & the Democratic debate

Somewhat surprisingly, Airbus and Boeing got inserted into the US election debate yesterday during the Democratic nomination debate....More
Mar 03, 2016

Cuba is a rare, hot-growth opportunity for US airlines

Large and significant as it is, the US domestic air transport market is essentially a mature market, growing at about 4-5% annually. Relative to....More
Feb 25, 2016

Embrace, don’t hate, your profitable airline5

US airline profitability is getting the industry a bad press. You’d think, in a capitalist society that resents government intervention and applauds....More
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