ATW Editor's Blog en Second leg: Air France delivers my bag but loses 13 passengers <div class="node-body blog-body">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 Airbus A319s. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Airlines Airports & Routes Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Wed, 25 May 2016 10:13:00 +0000 210171 at Dulles to Hamburg, hassle-free and bag delivered <div class="node-body blog-body">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 the bag was tagged and placed on the belt in two minutes.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aircraft & Engines Airports & Routes Operations & Technology Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Tue, 24 May 2016 11:39:00 +0000 209961 at If It’s Tuesday it must be Barcelona, but where will Karen’s bag be? <div class="node-body blog-body">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, ending with the IATA AGM in Dublin.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Airlines Airports & Routes Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Fri, 20 May 2016 16:19:00 +0000 209621 at Congress’ colander case for solving long airport security lines <div class="node-body blog-body">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 me wrong.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aeropolitics Safety Airports & Routes Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Fri, 13 May 2016 01:12:00 +0000 208601 at Norwegian becomes the new “Gulf” target in the transatlantic battle <div class="node-body blog-body">Perhaps not surprisingly, last month’s announcement by the US Department of Transportation that Norwegian Air International (NAI) should be granted a foreign carrier permit has so far not unclogged the way for NAI to begin transatlantic services.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aeropolitics Open Skies Labor Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Thu, 05 May 2016 15:49:00 +0000 207591 at DOT’s decision on Norwegian scores one for competition & Open Skies, finally <div class="node-body blog-body">The US Department of Transportation (DOT) decision to give tentative permission for Norwegian Air International (NAI) to serve the US, more than two years after NAI applied for a foreign air carrier permit, is long overdue.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aeropolitics Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Mon, 18 Apr 2016 17:06:00 +0000 204941 at Dave Barger a most worthy recipient of the Pogue Award <div class="node-body blog-body">Cool as they are, I often argue that aircraft are not the most important or interesting assets of an airline. What really makes the global air transport business tick is its people. So it’s great to see those people recognized.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Airlines Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:37:00 +0000 204681 at Post Brussels attacks, some need lesson in decency & decorum <div class="node-body blog-body">The March 22 terrorist attacks on Brussels Airport and the city’s metro system were sickening. It beggars belief, therefore, to record two events emanating from Brussels in the aftermath of those bombs</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aeropolitics Airlines Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Wed, 13 Apr 2016 20:23:00 +0000 204471 at Virgin America: Why Alaska might be the better fit <div class="node-body blog-body">Yesterday I wrote some initial thoughts on potential outcomes if, as widely reported but not confirmed, Virgin America is talking to potential buyers. Reports so far have focused on the most likely bidders for the San Francisco-based carrier being Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and New York-based JetBlue Airways. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aeropolitics Airports & Routes Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Thu, 31 Mar 2016 18:27:00 +0000 203001 at If Virgin America is for sale, would a deal be allowed? <div class="node-body blog-body">The potential prospect of Virgin America being merged with either Alaska Airlines or JetBlue Airways, as was widely reported yesterday, is intriguing. The question many industry observers are asking is “which is the best fit?” and the general consensus is that JetBlue would be the better match.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Air Traffic Management Airports & Routes Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Wed, 30 Mar 2016 20:54:00 +0000 202871 at Life at 20,000ft and why you should choose a window seat <div class="node-body blog-body">Tuesday was another routine day and yet a unique day in my work life. At 5.30 am I woke to news of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. As it involved the airport, my work life kicked in, although our European editor, Victoria Moores, was well ahead of me and had posted the immediate news on</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Airports & Routes Opinions American Airlines Brussels Doug Parker ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Wed, 23 Mar 2016 01:33:00 +0000 201921 at Gordon’s alive, but not necessarily doing his best by United <div class="node-body blog-body">Former Continental Airlines CEO Gordon Bethune’s attack on United Airlines this week is troubling. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Airlines Opinions continental Gordon Bethune Jeff Smisek Oscar Munoz United ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Wed, 09 Mar 2016 01:26:00 +0000 200361 at Ex-Im, Airbus, Boeing & the Democratic debate <div class="node-body blog-body">Somewhat surprisingly, Airbus and Boeing got inserted into the US election debate yesterday during the Democratic nomination debate.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aeropolitics Aircraft & Engines Opinions Airbus Boeing Ex-Im ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Mon, 07 Mar 2016 19:12:00 +0000 200141 at Cuba is a rare, hot-growth opportunity for US airlines <div class="node-body blog-body">Large and significant as it is, the US domestic air transport market is essentially a mature market, growing at about 4-5% annually. Relative to regions like China, which is seeing domestic travel increase at about 10% year over year, or India, that is seeing an astonishing 20% clip, the US market has limited growth opportunities.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Regulation Airports & Routes Opinions Alaska American Cuba Cubana JetBlue Silver Southwest United ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Thu, 03 Mar 2016 21:45:00 +0000 199891 at Embrace, don’t hate, your profitable airline <div class="node-body blog-body">US airline profitability is getting the industry a bad press. You’d think, in a capitalist society that resents government intervention and applauds entrepreneurialism, that Americans would feel good about seeing some of their most well-known global brands doing well.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Airlines Opinions American Airlines IATA ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Thu, 25 Feb 2016 19:40:00 +0000 198771 at