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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
Apr 19, 2015

US review of Gulf carriers should establish facts vs fancy10

As the campaign led by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines sped from secret briefings in Washington DC to the broad media and loud....More
Apr 13, 2015

The problem with today’s air passengers, defined by Louis C.K.6

If you haven’t seen this clip of comedian Louis C.K. on the Conan show, then you will enjoy and relate it to something you see almost every time you....More
Apr 06, 2015

New Air France inflight safety video is served with flair6

Air France is joining those airlines that are upping the ante on producing inflight safety videos you might actually want to watch....More
Mar 26, 2015

Another media frenzy, but it's still bunkum5

Today's news on the Germanwings A320 crash is shocking, tragic, and will have long-term effects on the air transport industry....More
Mar 24, 2015

Media in a spin of shame7

Today’s news that a Germanwings A320 has crashed in France, with no survivors expected among the 150 passengers and crew, is tragic....More
Mar 17, 2015

Accusations over Gulf carriers finally becomes a debate5

The furor over alleged Gulf carrier subsidies and Open Skies compliance got a thorough airing today at the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation 14th....More
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