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Dec 01, 2016

Five priorities for the next US Transportation Secretary

US President-elect’s nomination of Elaine Chao to be Department of Transportation Secretary seems to have broad support and will likely be an....More
Nov 28, 2016

Rant guy on Delta plane is banned, but where are we going as a society?

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian confirmed Monday that a passenger who gave an expletive-filled rant on a Delta aircraft is banned for life from flying....More
Nov 28, 2016

Jets small and large fly over Abu Dhabi for Formula 1 finale

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held at the weekend, the pinnacle of the 2016 Formula 1 championship. Etihad Airways is host sponsor and as part of the....More
Nov 24, 2016

Congratulations Airbus

The larger variant of the A350 XWB, the -1000, completed its first flight today, marking the beginning of the aircraft’s flight-test program and an....More
Nov 20, 2016

Asia-Pacific airline CEOs have talent

Former IATA director general Tony Tyler liked to say that airline CEOs give their commitment to the global association, but their hearts to their....More
Nov 17, 2016

Smooth flying on a Cathay A350 to Manila

A nice surprise awaited me yesterday as I connected from Hong Kong to a Cathay Pacific flight bound for Manila. At the gate was an Airbus A350....More
Nov 02, 2016

Ryanair lays down the gauntlet in Lufthansa’s home base

News that Irish low cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair plans to start operating out of Frankfurt next year prompted Lufthansa Group Carsten Spohr to take a....More
Nov 01, 2016

Bags and baggage

ATW recently polled readers on this website on what they define as a “serious delay” in the delivery of their checked baggage. The result, though not....More
Oct 24, 2016

President Obama is wrong on airline competition; did he also plagiarize Tony Tyler?

US President Barack Obama has weighed in on airline travel and borrowed a line from former IATA director general Tony Tyler that completely upends....More
Oct 19, 2016

DOT’s new “competition” rules for US airlines have nothing to do with competition

The White House press conference held Wednesday was purportedly about competition among US airlines. It was nothing of the sort....More
Oct 17, 2016

Smartphones that aren’t

Onboard smoking has taken on a completely new meaning with this week’s bans of the Galaxy Note7 smartphone that has an alarming propensity to self-....More
Sep 30, 2016

Delta responds to commentaries on JetBlue government route award

Earlier in September, I wrote two blog commentaries about Delta Air Lines’ complaint against JetBlue Airways being awarded a pair of US federal....More
Sep 29, 2016

Safety videos: An adorable Air China Panda & a stylish new American Airlines

Back on to one of my favorite subjects – flight safety videos – and I want to share these two with you, one by Air China and the other by American....More
Sep 28, 2016

MH17: Now round up the criminals

Was it an error? Was it intentional? Who was in charge? Who issued the instructions? Those are the key questions, raised by the international team....More
Sep 08, 2016

Forward From 15: We’ve gained more than we lost

With each 9/11 anniversary, we rightly and naturally reflect on loss. First and foremost, of course, the incomprehensible loss of lives and, for the....More
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