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Jan 06, 2017

Aviation’s 2017 nightmares begin in Fort Lauderdale

There is still a lot to be learned from today’s shooting incident at Fort Lauderdale Airport, but this is the nightmare the industry – especially US....More
Jan 03, 2017

Uncertain Times: The global airline industry’s 2017 watch points

No matter your industry or priorities, the common feeling entering 2017 is one of uncertainty about how this year will turn out. The airline industry....More
Dec 28, 2016

The flight crew dilemma: a follow up

Since I wrote in this blog about a couple of onboard incidents involving passenger behavior, more details have come to light about the second....More
Dec 22, 2016

The flight & cabin crew dilemma

A white male with an American accent stands in the aisle of a commercial airliner and delivers an angry, hate-filled, political rant at the rest of....More
Dec 16, 2016

Lufthansa & Etihad: From enemies to partners

Lufthansa and Etihad, in the past, have fought over airberlin codeshare rights specifically and more broadly over Gulf carrier growth and subsidy....More
Dec 01, 2016

Five priorities for the next US Transportation Secretary

US President-elect’s nomination of Elaine Chao to be Department of Transportation Secretary seems to have broad support and will likely be an....More
Nov 28, 2016

Rant guy on Delta plane is banned, but where are we going as a society?

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian confirmed Monday that a passenger who gave an expletive-filled rant on a Delta aircraft is banned for life from flying....More
Nov 28, 2016

Jets small and large fly over Abu Dhabi for Formula 1 finale

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held at the weekend, the pinnacle of the 2016 Formula 1 championship. Etihad Airways is host sponsor and as part of the....More
Nov 24, 2016

Congratulations Airbus

The larger variant of the A350 XWB, the -1000, completed its first flight today, marking the beginning of the aircraft’s flight-test program and an....More
Nov 20, 2016

Asia-Pacific airline CEOs have talent

Former IATA director general Tony Tyler liked to say that airline CEOs give their commitment to the global association, but their hearts to their....More
Nov 17, 2016

Smooth flying on a Cathay A350 to Manila

A nice surprise awaited me yesterday as I connected from Hong Kong to a Cathay Pacific flight bound for Manila. At the gate was an Airbus A350....More
Nov 02, 2016

Ryanair lays down the gauntlet in Lufthansa’s home base

News that Irish low cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair plans to start operating out of Frankfurt next year prompted Lufthansa Group Carsten Spohr to take a....More
Nov 01, 2016

Bags and baggage

ATW recently polled readers on this website on what they define as a “serious delay” in the delivery of their checked baggage. The result, though not....More
Oct 24, 2016

President Obama is wrong on airline competition; did he also plagiarize Tony Tyler?

US President Barack Obama has weighed in on airline travel and borrowed a line from former IATA director general Tony Tyler that completely upends....More
Oct 19, 2016

DOT’s new “competition” rules for US airlines have nothing to do with competition

The White House press conference held Wednesday was purportedly about competition among US airlines. It was nothing of the sort....More
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