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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
Feb 20, 2014

Airlines should make the call on inflight phone calls

To understand how US Congress works these days, examine its attitude towards the use of cellular phone use during flight. In a show of rare....More
Jan 30, 2014

Europe’s pursuit of ETS is not green; it’s a fundraiser

The more Europe “stands its ground” – its term on aviation emissions taxes, the more ridiculous it looks, not to say downright unstatesmanlike....More
Jan 20, 2014

The subsidy yawn

Airbus and Boeing have renewed their public spat over subsidies. Yawn. Each side talks about leveling the playing field, legal versus illegal,....More
Jan 13, 2014

Oops! Right State, wrong airport; Southwest gives passengers a detour

Lots of raised eyebrows after a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 somehow ended up at the wrong Missouri airport Sunday evening....More
Jan 07, 2014

Air rage, winter storms and passenger rights

A couple of general news headlines have caught my attention. First there is this report by the BBC covering a preliminary hearing into an alleged air....More
Jan 01, 2014

Airline industry trend ins and outs

It’s January 1, 2014. With 2013 behind us (and beautifully summed up by my colleague Aaron Karp), please indulge your editor – and bring along a....More
Dec 18, 2013

On inflight cell phone use, Delta CEO makes the right call

Delta Air Lines has taken the bull by the horns and said it will not allow cellular calls or internet-based voice communications onboard its flights....More

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