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Jul 08, 2014

You’ve gotta love the Spirit Airlines’ spirit; even if you’d rather eat glass

n one of the smartest marketing campaigns this year, US ultra-low cost carrier Spirit Airlines has launched a “hug the haters” promotion....More
Jul 02, 2014

World Cup, Emirates and world dominance

Heck, I so wanted to see the US soccer team (that’s football in real-speak) get through to the FIFA World Cup quarter finals. But none of us get what....More
Jun 12, 2014

Flying on the Airbus A350 XWB

A very special day today. Yesterday, I explained that I am in Toulouse attending Airbus’ annual innovation event to brief journalists from around the....More
Jun 11, 2014

Leahy delivers bad news

Airbus’ top salesman, COO, customers, John Leahy, is more than familiar with the media limelight. But his typical role is to deliver good news of....More
May 19, 2014

Stunning storm cell video

All you pilots and cloud watchers (my favorite pastime on flights – always far more captivating than any Hollywood movie); take a look at this....More
May 14, 2014

The real reason US flight cancellations are at a 20-year high

News today from the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics that 4.58% of US carrier flights were cancelled during the first quarter of 2014, the....More
May 05, 2014

China’s immigration and customs process bests US international airports

I’m on work travel that is taking me from my Washington DC base to Germany and China. Though I travel a lot, even I was amazed at the swiftness and....More
Apr 23, 2014

Why Mulally’s signature management style transitioned from planes to automobiles

Alan Mulally, the infectiously engaging and eternally optimistic former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, has announced his forthcoming retirement....More
Apr 15, 2014

Unruly passengers and bomb-threat tweeters should be made to pay

Hands up, I’m not a Twitter fan. It has always seemed to me that something that begins with ‘twit’ should be avoided the way one skirts around bores....More
Apr 07, 2014

Sydney to LAX in 45 minutes? Richard Branson is determined to make it happen.

Virgin Group’s Sir Richard Branson added some star appeal in more ways than one at an aviation summit in Washington DC last week, where he shared....More
Mar 25, 2014

A pitch too far?

I have written in this space about the frenzy of media rumor, speculation and outright ridiculous theories trying to fill the void of factual....More
Mar 22, 2014

MH370: One step closer

The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, now focused on the south Indian Ocean, has turned into a full joint military exercise....More
Mar 15, 2014

MH370: Who, Why, How?

Today’s news from the Malaysia prime minister on the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 is the worst scenario. Unimaginably awful for the relatives of....More
Mar 11, 2014

MH370: Don’t credit the conspiracy theorists or the “experts”

For a modern airliner simply to disappear without trace for almost five days, as Malaysia Airlines MH370 has done, is extraordinary and unimaginably....More
Mar 08, 2014

Getting answers to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The terrible wait for more information on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777-200, continues. Little is known at this stage, but the sudden....More

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