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Sep 28, 2015

Alaska shows how independent carriers are changing US transcontinental flying7

I flew from Washington Reagan to Portland Oregon yesterday on a direct, five-and-a-half hour flight with Alaska Airlines. It was an interesting and....More
Sep 10, 2015

Five priorities for the new United Airlines CEO15

New United Airlines president and CEO Oscar Munoz, who took up the post yesterday after Jeff Smisek stepped down, said he will spend his first 90....More
Sep 08, 2015

Smisek’s stunning news

Today’s announcement that United Airlines’ chairman, president and CEO Jeff Smisek has stepped down is stunning. There was no public sign of this....More
Aug 28, 2015

Wanted: New IATA DG; must travel - French & guitar skills an advantage

The biggest question from today’s news that Tony Tyler will retire next year from his position as IATA director general is, who will succeed him?....More
Aug 27, 2015

One day; two sets of airline fortunes; and a chill breeze in Asia1

Posting the news today, it was hard not to contrast the different week that Airbus, Boeing and airlines from different global regions are....More
Aug 17, 2015

ATW Cecil Honor Roll now at 27 airlines around the world

I’ve been on work travel to New Zealand, but wanted to update you on the status of our Cecil Honor Roll for those airlines that have banned the....More
Aug 03, 2015

Cecil Honor Roll call for airlines that ban animal trophies2

If you’ve been following the news at all recently then you will be familiar with a Zimbabwe lion called Cecil and his fate. It’s not my place in this....More
Jul 31, 2015

United CEO plays fast and loose with facts in NY speech on Gulf carriers10

United CEO Jeff Smisek was practically punching the air yesterday in a hard-hitting speech in New York that focused mainly on the Gulf carriers,....More
Jul 24, 2015

US airline profits up; regulators on the witch hunt8

Airlines that are well managed and profitable are good for everyone. Good for the carriers and their employees, good for shareholders and also good....More
Jul 21, 2015

A drone is going to bring down an airliner: why are we waiting for that to happen?24

Sooner or later – and I personally believe it will be sooner – an airliner full of passengers and crew is going to be brought down after colliding....More
Jul 15, 2015

Spirit Airlines exposes the Bundlers in hilarious video

I’ve noted US low cost carrier Spirit Airlines’ wonderfully inventive and entertaining promotional videos before in this blog, but their newest video....More
Jul 11, 2015

Three pioneering planes fly for the future1

It’s been an interesting week for aviation and for the potential future shape of commercial air transport. Two tiny planes crossed that sliver of....More
Jun 30, 2015

Thoughts on Emirates’ subsidy filing to US government4

Emirates Airline today submitted its long-awaited response to US airline allegations that it is subsidized by its government owner in ways that....More
Jun 26, 2015

Pogue dinner a timely reminder of the importance of Open Skies4

It was my great pleasure last night to attend the L. Welch Pogue Award dinner, where Paul V. Mifsud was honored as this year’s recipient....More
Jun 23, 2015

Paris Air Show: Delivery, not new orders the theme

The two largest international air shows, Farnborough and Paris, always boil down to one question: which of the two biggest commercial OEMs ends the....More

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