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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
Jun 10, 2015

AA Cabin Experience & Who’s that tall guy lugging a backpack?4

Given my recent experience on a flight to Austin, I thought it would be interesting to share and compare with the flights I’ve just done from....More
Jun 01, 2015

“Friendly Skies”, but blame Brazil if you bump your head8

On a recent flight from Washington DC to Austin, Texas, I encountered something that shows customer service in the air means different things to....More
May 28, 2015

Looking for a buyer: Skymark A380s sit on Airbus tarmac in Toulouse

Taking in the Toulouse sunshine, and clearly not going anywhere soon, is this pair of Airbus A380s which were originally bound for Japan and Tokyo-....More
May 22, 2015

If only ATM modernization, not the Gulf carriers, was the target of this campaign4

A quick thought on a week that has once more seen the two sides in the US vs. Gulf carrier dispute counter-claiming and, in the case of the US....More
May 20, 2015

Video clip: MSNBC news program looks at the Gulf carrier subsidies dispute

US TV station MSNBC’s Road Map program ran a 10-minute segment this morning looking at the US versus Gulf carrier dispute....More
May 17, 2015

Another week in Washington and subsidies debate looks like a long one14

In an interview with American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker last week, I asked him whether he thought the Gulf carrier spat would be a long,....More
May 11, 2015

If a third of my seat has a 25 inch pitch, shouldn’t the airline pay me an ancillary fee?5

I’m writing this blog from onboard US Airways/AA flight 595 from Phoenix to Washington National. I don’t normally get into the traveler thing or....More
Apr 29, 2015

US carriers are not backing off Gulf campaign, but may be changing tactics4

Some thoughts on yesterday’s panel debate on the Gulf carriers at the CAPA Americas Aviation Summit in Las Vegas. I observed the majority of the....More
Apr 24, 2015

The A380 10 years on and Leahy’s optimism for 50 years more.

It’s been 10 years since the first Airbus A380 took flight. To mark the occasion, Airbus has created a video starring their COO, customers John Leahy....More
Apr 21, 2015

Will Alitalia be next to leave the AEA fold?1

With news today that airberlin is leaving the Association of European Airlines (AEA) in the spreading dispute over what is “fair” competition by the....More
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