ATW Editor's Blog http://atwonline.com/blog/71299/feed en US airline profits up; regulators on the witch hunt http://atwonline.com/blog/us-airline-profits-regulators-witch-hunt <div class="node-body blog-body">Airlines that are well managed and profitable are good for everyone. Good for the carriers and their employees, good for shareholders and also good for consumers. It’s the last part that Washington DC doesn’t get, as illustrated by this summer of regulatory witch huntery with profitable airlines in the crosshairs. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/atw-editors-blog-0">ATW Editor&#039;s Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/us-airline-profits-regulators-witch-hunt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/us-airline-profits-regulators-witch-hunt#comments Airlines Blogs Government Affairs Regulation Safety Amtrak DOJ DOT ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:47:00 +0000 174181 at http://atwonline.com A drone is going to bring down an airliner: why are we waiting for that to happen? http://atwonline.com/blog/drone-going-bring-down-airliner-why-are-we-waiting-happen <div class="node-body blog-body">Sooner or later – and I personally believe it will be sooner – an airliner full of passengers and crew is going to be brought down after colliding with a drone.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/atw-editors-blog-0">ATW Editor&#039;s Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/drone-going-bring-down-airliner-why-are-we-waiting-happen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/drone-going-bring-down-airliner-why-are-we-waiting-happen#comments Blogs Regulation Aircraft & Engines Safety drone FAA IATA ICAO Lufthansa UAV ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:08:00 +0000 173661 at http://atwonline.com Spirit Airlines exposes the Bundlers in hilarious video http://atwonline.com/blog/spirit-airlines-exposes-bundlers-hilarious-video <div class="node-body blog-body">I’ve noted US low cost carrier Spirit Airlines’ wonderfully inventive and entertaining promotional videos before in this blog, but their newest video is the best so far. This gem features twin “lawyers” Unbundle & Unbundle.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/atw-editors-blog-0">ATW Editor&#039;s Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/spirit-airlines-exposes-bundlers-hilarious-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/spirit-airlines-exposes-bundlers-hilarious-video#comments Airlines Blogs ancillary fees bundle Spirit ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Wed, 15 Jul 2015 20:23:00 +0000 173011 at http://atwonline.com Three pioneering planes fly for the future http://atwonline.com/blog/three-pioneering-planes-fly-future <div class="node-body blog-body">It’s been an interesting week for aviation and for the potential future shape of commercial air transport. Two tiny planes crossed that sliver of water known as the English Channel and which separates England from continental Europe.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/atw-editors-blog-0">ATW Editor&#039;s Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/three-pioneering-planes-fly-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/three-pioneering-planes-fly-future#comments Airframes Blogs Eco-Aviation Technology Airbus Alpha Electro E-Fan Pipistrel Solar Impulse ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Sat, 11 Jul 2015 21:15:00 +0000 172561 at http://atwonline.com Thoughts on Emirates’ subsidy filing to US government http://atwonline.com/blog/thoughts-emirates-subsidy-filing-us-government <div class="node-body blog-body">Emirates Airline today submitted its long-awaited response to US airline allegations that it is subsidized by its government owner in ways that contravene the US-UAE Open Skies agreement. Here are some of my thoughts on Emirates’ document.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/atw-editors-blog-0">ATW Editor&#039;s Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/thoughts-emirates-subsidy-filing-us-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/thoughts-emirates-subsidy-filing-us-government#comments Airlines Blogs Government Affairs Open Skies Regulation American Delta Emirates Gulf carriers Open Skies Tim Clark United ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:51:00 +0000 171151 at http://atwonline.com Pogue dinner a timely reminder of the importance of Open Skies http://atwonline.com/blog/pogue-dinner-timely-reminder-importance-open-skies <div class="node-body blog-body">It was my great pleasure last night to attend the L. Welch Pogue Award dinner, where Paul V. Mifsud was honored as this year’s recipient.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/atw-editors-blog-0">ATW Editor&#039;s Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/pogue-dinner-timely-reminder-importance-open-skies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/pogue-dinner-timely-reminder-importance-open-skies#comments Airlines Blogs Government Affairs Open Skies Regulation antitrust IATA Jeffrey Shane KLM Northwest Open Skies Paul Mifsud Pogue ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:13:00 +0000 170911 at http://atwonline.com Paris Air Show: Delivery, not new orders the theme http://atwonline.com/blog/paris-air-show-delivery-not-new-orders-theme <div class="node-body blog-body">The two largest international air shows, Farnborough and Paris, always boil down to one question: which of the two biggest commercial OEMs ends the week with the fattest order book? Le Bourget 2015 was no different, but there was a distinctly mellow feel to this show as Airbus and Boeing’s record backlogs inevitably started to pinch the front end.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/atw-editors-blog-0">ATW Editor&#039;s Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/paris-air-show-delivery-not-new-orders-theme" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/paris-air-show-delivery-not-new-orders-theme#comments Blogs Manufacturers Aircraft & Engines Airbus Boeing Paris Air Show ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:15:00 +0000 170431 at http://atwonline.com AA Cabin Experience & Who’s that tall guy lugging a backpack? http://atwonline.com/blog/aa-cabin-experience-who-s-tall-guy-lugging-backpack <div class="node-body blog-body">Given my recent experience on a flight to Austin, I thought it would be interesting to share and compare with the flights I’ve just done from Washington National to Miami and back (attending the IATA AGM). This time I was flying American and it must be said that the service was excellent both outbound and return. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/atw-editors-blog-0">ATW Editor&#039;s Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/aa-cabin-experience-who-s-tall-guy-lugging-backpack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/aa-cabin-experience-who-s-tall-guy-lugging-backpack#comments Airlines Blogs Aircraft & Engines Operations 737 Alan Joyce American Boeing Cathay Delta Doug Parker IATA Qantas Qatar Sky Interior ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Wed, 10 Jun 2015 20:44:00 +0000 168971 at http://atwonline.com “Friendly Skies”, but blame Brazil if you bump your head http://atwonline.com/blog/friendly-skies-blame-brazil-if-you-bump-your-head <div class="node-body blog-body">On a recent flight from Washington DC to Austin, Texas, I encountered something that shows customer service in the air means different things to different people.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/atw-editors-blog-0">ATW Editor&#039;s Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/friendly-skies-blame-brazil-if-you-bump-your-head" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/friendly-skies-blame-brazil-if-you-bump-your-head#comments Airlines Blogs Aircraft & Engines Embraer united airlines ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Mon, 01 Jun 2015 22:23:00 +0000 167821 at http://atwonline.com Looking for a buyer: Skymark A380s sit on Airbus tarmac in Toulouse http://atwonline.com/blog/looking-buyer-skymark-a380s-sit-airbus-tarmac-toulouse <div class="node-body blog-body">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-based low-cost carrier Skymark Airlines, which defaulted on its payments for six A380s early this year and filed for bankruptcy protection.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/atw-editors-blog-0">ATW Editor&#039;s Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/looking-buyer-skymark-a380s-sit-airbus-tarmac-toulouse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/looking-buyer-skymark-a380s-sit-airbus-tarmac-toulouse#comments Airlines Blogs Aircraft & Engines A380 Airbus ANA British Airways Intepid Aviation Skymark ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Thu, 28 May 2015 11:23:00 +0000 167341 at http://atwonline.com If only ATM modernization, not the Gulf carriers, was the target of this campaign http://atwonline.com/blog/if-only-atm-modernization-not-gulf-carriers-was-target-campaign <div class="node-body blog-body">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 coalition, touting growing support from the lawmakers, local labor groups, trade associations and authorities it has been lobbying in a grass roots campaign. These people, the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies says, now fear for the future of American aviation and American jobs. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/atw-editors-blog-0">ATW Editor&#039;s Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/if-only-atm-modernization-not-gulf-carriers-was-target-campaign" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/if-only-atm-modernization-not-gulf-carriers-was-target-campaign#comments Aeropolitics Air Traffic Management Airlines Blogs Open Skies American ATM Delta Gulf carriers NextGen Open Skies subsidies United ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Fri, 22 May 2015 20:18:00 +0000 167021 at http://atwonline.com Video clip: MSNBC news program looks at the Gulf carrier subsidies dispute http://atwonline.com/blog/video-clip-msnbc-news-program-looks-gulf-carrier-subsidies-dispute <div class="node-body blog-body">US TV station MSNBC’s Road Map program ran a 10-minute segment this morning looking at the US versus Gulf carrier dispute.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/atw-editors-blog-0">ATW Editor&#039;s Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/video-clip-msnbc-news-program-looks-gulf-carrier-subsidies-dispute" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/video-clip-msnbc-news-program-looks-gulf-carrier-subsidies-dispute#comments Airlines Blogs Open Skies Regulation Airports & Routes American Delta Emirates Etihad gulf carrier MSNBC Qatar subsidy United ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Wed, 20 May 2015 22:38:00 +0000 166701 at http://atwonline.com Another week in Washington and subsidies debate looks like a long one http://atwonline.com/blog/another-week-washington-and-subsidies-debate-looks-long-one <div class="node-body blog-body">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, drawn-out affair.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/atw-editors-blog-0">ATW Editor&#039;s Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/another-week-washington-and-subsidies-debate-looks-long-one" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/another-week-washington-and-subsidies-debate-looks-long-one#comments Airlines Government Affairs Open Skies American Airlines British Airways Delta Air Lines Emirates Etihad IAG Open Skies Qatar subsidy united airlines ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Sun, 17 May 2015 21:51:00 +0000 166201 at http://atwonline.com If a third of my seat has a 25 inch pitch, shouldn’t the airline pay me an ancillary fee? http://atwonline.com/blog/if-third-my-seat-has-25-inch-pitch-shouldn-t-airline-pay-me-ancillary-fee <div class="node-body blog-body">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 flight reviews, but this flight and my particular seat got me thinking. Let me explain.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/atw-editors-blog-0">ATW Editor&#039;s Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/if-third-my-seat-has-25-inch-pitch-shouldn-t-airline-pay-me-ancillary-fee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/if-third-my-seat-has-25-inch-pitch-shouldn-t-airline-pay-me-ancillary-fee#comments Airframes Airlines Blogs Technology 737 757 A321 Airbus American Airlines Boeing Phoenix seat pitch sky interior. Spirit Airlines US Airways ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Mon, 11 May 2015 17:13:00 +0000 165421 at http://atwonline.com US carriers are not backing off Gulf campaign, but may be changing tactics http://atwonline.com/blog/us-carriers-are-not-backing-gulf-campaign-may-be-changing-tactics <div class="node-body blog-body">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 debate, which was moderated by Pillsbury Law partner Ken Quinn, and it led me to believe that while I don’t think the three US carriers involved are going to drop their subsidy and unfair competition accusations against the three Gulf carriers, I do think they are shifting the strategic basis of their campaign. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/atw-editors-blog-0">ATW Editor&#039;s Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/us-carriers-are-not-backing-gulf-campaign-may-be-changing-tactics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/us-carriers-are-not-backing-gulf-campaign-may-be-changing-tactics#comments Airshows Blogs Government Affairs Open Skies American CAPA Delta Emirates Etihad fedex Gulf carriers Open Skies Phoenix Qatar Airways United ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:09:00 +0000 164211 at http://atwonline.com