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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
May 25, 2016

Second leg: Air France delivers my bag but loses 13 passengers6

Happy to report that I am in Barcelona and so is my bag. Two flights completed from Hamburg to Barcelona, via Paris Charles de Gaulle, in Air France....More
May 24, 2016

Dulles to Hamburg, hassle-free and bag delivered3

The first leg started and finished well. Bag drop-off at Washington Dulles was a breeze – I had checked in online, walked right up to the counter and....More
May 20, 2016

If It’s Tuesday it must be Barcelona, but where will Karen’s bag be?1

On Sunday I depart for a two-week work trip that involves seven airports, six countries, five hotels, four airlines and three different work events,....More
May 12, 2016

Congress’ colander case for solving long airport security lines12

Each time I think political meddling in how airlines run their business cannot get any worse or more ridiculous, one of our elected lawmakers proves....More
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