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Aug 30, 2016

Hitting the panic button at US airports

Two major US airports have seen substantial disruption and panicked crowds in August and in both incidents, it was a false alarm. Airports now have....More
Aug 03, 2016

Emirates 777 fire: The great escape

Shocking as it was today to see images of the Emirates Boeing 777 engulfed in flames after crash-landing at Dubai Airport, the real story is not the....More
Jul 29, 2016

ANZ safety video: what you think

Last week I asked your opinion on the latest Air New Zealand safety video, which I thought lost the plot. In fact, I asked if this was the worst....More
Jul 22, 2016

Is this the worst-ever airline flight safety video?

Air New Zealand has released its latest flight safety video. The Kiwi airline is famous for its fun videos and they are usually popular, but I have....More
Jul 21, 2016

Boeing 787 financial hit underscores cost of launching a new airliner

That Boeing has had problems with the three aircraft programs leading to the company taking a $2.1 billion hit in its second-quarter earnings was not....More
Jul 18, 2016

FAA ban on Turkish flights, although lifted, was puzzling

I’m struggling to understand why the US initially imposed such a wide and lengthy ban on commercial flights to and from Turkey following Friday night....More
Jul 13, 2016

Gone fishin’ at Farnborough

This year’s Farnborough Airshow has turned into something of a fishing exercise by the airliner manufacturers as they dangle various “stretches” of....More
Jul 07, 2016

Was DOT too fair with its Havana flight allocations?

The US Department of Transportation’s eagerly awaited decision on which airlines get rights to Havana, Cuba, was revealed today and the result is:....More
Jul 05, 2016

EasyJet AOC announcement is about calming rattled investors after Brexit1

UK low cost carrier easyJet has announced it is seeking another air operator’s certificate (AOC) outside of the UK following the British vote to exit....More
Jun 29, 2016

Flying the CSeries; it’s a full throated narrowbody, and that’s a problem4

Today I flew on a Bombardier CS100 directly after an aircraft was delivered to SWISS, marking the first delivery of the all-new CSeries aircraft....More
Jun 27, 2016

Brexit could lead to doors closing on Open Skies3

Among questions being asked in the air transport industry since last week’s shock Brexit referendum result is what does the UK’s divorce from the....More
Jun 10, 2016

IATA leadership transition: From TT to AdJ; al Baker, please behave4

Alexandre de Juniac’s tenure as the seventh IATA director general....More
Jun 06, 2016

Bag Blog final: Airlines & airports score well; Dulles customs not so8

As I’m now back home in Washington DC, this is the final “bag-blog” covering the last leg of my European work trip. Essentially, both security....More
Jun 03, 2016

Irish charm delivers me to Dublin

This bag-and-I update is a little delayed as I’ve been at the IATA AGM in Dublin the past couple of days. So how did the last leg go? There was an....More
May 30, 2016

Hamburg again; Avec ou sans bag?1

The latest leg took me back to Hamburg last night from Barcelona via Paris Charles de Gaulle; an Air France Airbus A321 followed by an A320....More
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