ATW Editor's Blog http://atwonline.com/blog/71299/feed en Qatar Airways’ American bid could be political http://atwonline.com/blog/qatar-airways-american-bid-could-be-political <div class="node-body blog-body">Qatar Airways’ unsolicited bid to acquire a large stake in American Airlines is indeed “puzzling”, as American CEO Doug Parker put it in a letter to employees.</div> <p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/qatar-airways-american-bid-could-be-political" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/qatar-airways-american-bid-could-be-political#comments Aeropolitics Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:22:00 +0000 252041 at http://atwonline.com Qatar's unsolicited, unexpected and unwelcome bid for American http://atwonline.com/blog/qatars-unsolicited-unexpected-and-unwelcome-bid-american <div class="node-body blog-body">You have to hand it to Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker; he never fails to surprise. This time, it appears, he has also surprised American Airlines.</div> <p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/qatars-unsolicited-unexpected-and-unwelcome-bid-american" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/qatars-unsolicited-unexpected-and-unwelcome-bid-american#comments Airlines Daily News Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:30:00 +0000 251841 at http://atwonline.com Cuba: You need passengers, not just planes! http://atwonline.com/blog/cuba-you-need-passengers-not-just-planes <div class="node-body blog-body">My quick take on US President Donald Trump’s announcement today that the US air services pact with Cuba will remain, but a ban on US tourism to the Caribbean island will be reinforced.</div> <p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/cuba-you-need-passengers-not-just-planes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/cuba-you-need-passengers-not-just-planes#comments Regulation Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:51:00 +0000 250911 at http://atwonline.com Munoz moves United on from scandal, but will customer service follow? http://atwonline.com/blog/munoz-moves-united-scandal-will-customer-service-follow <div class="node-body blog-body">United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz’s speech in New York this week seemed deliberately aimed at putting the dragged passenger scandal behind him and setting the company on a new forward-looking path. Will he succeed?</div> <p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/munoz-moves-united-scandal-will-customer-service-follow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/munoz-moves-united-scandal-will-customer-service-follow#comments Airlines Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:47:00 +0000 250861 at http://atwonline.com Editor’s Blog: Walsh’s meltdown over the BA meltdown http://atwonline.com/blog/editor-s-blog-walsh-s-meltdown-over-ba-meltdown <div class="node-body blog-body">A clearly irritated Willie Walsh was ready to chastise the press. “It wasn’t a computer meltdown,” he said as soon as he was asked about the British Airways incident that essentially shut down the airline’s London operations. “It was not a failure of IT; it was a failure of power.”</div> <p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/editor-s-blog-walsh-s-meltdown-over-ba-meltdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/editor-s-blog-walsh-s-meltdown-over-ba-meltdown#comments Associations IATA AGM 2017 Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Tue, 06 Jun 2017 20:33:00 +0000 249811 at http://atwonline.com Editor's Blog: The USA becomes the unnamed problem child http://atwonline.com/blog/editors-blog-usa-becomes-unnamed-problem-child <div class="node-body blog-body">If you wanted an indicator of how far the US has fallen in the regard of global opinion, Cancun would be a good place to be this week.As one speaker on a panel on protectionism said, “it’s going to get a lot messier in world free trade”.</div> <p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/editors-blog-usa-becomes-unnamed-problem-child" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/editors-blog-usa-becomes-unnamed-problem-child#comments IATA AGM 2017 Government Affairs Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Mon, 05 Jun 2017 20:28:00 +0000 249571 at http://atwonline.com The bigger questions of British Airways’ IT meltdown http://atwonline.com/blog/bigger-questions-british-airways-it-meltdown <div class="node-body blog-body">As with all disasters, natural or man-made, there comes a time for mopping up, analysis and self- examination. What was learned? How can this be avoided again? That’s where British Airways sits now, as schedules return to normal after the IT meltdown that essentially shut down its London Heathrow and Gatwick operations over the weekend.</div> <p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/bigger-questions-british-airways-it-meltdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/bigger-questions-british-airways-it-meltdown#comments IT & Distribution Regulation Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Mon, 29 May 2017 21:01:00 +0000 248871 at http://atwonline.com US lawmakers are angry, but want airlines to self-regulate http://atwonline.com/blog/us-lawmakers-are-angry-want-airlines-self-regulate <div class="node-body blog-body">Today’s congressional hearing on US airline customer service was certainly a venting exercise for lawmakers. The question is, will this new wave of airline bashing stop at angry words or be followed by regulation?</div> <p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/us-lawmakers-are-angry-want-airlines-self-regulate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/us-lawmakers-are-angry-want-airlines-self-regulate#comments Regulation Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Tue, 02 May 2017 21:51:00 +0000 246441 at http://atwonline.com Munoz’s apology may not be enough http://atwonline.com/blog/munoz-s-apology-may-not-be-enough <div class="node-body blog-body">Let’s start with today’s good news for United. The CEO issued a full apology for the awful bumped-then-dragged passenger incident, took full responsibility and promised a full review of the company’s crew transport and over-booking procedures.</div> <p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/munoz-s-apology-may-not-be-enough" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/munoz-s-apology-may-not-be-enough#comments Aeropolitics Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:46:00 +0000 244371 at http://atwonline.com United bumped passenger video damages all airlines http://atwonline.com/blog/united-bumped-passenger-video-damages-all-airlines <div class="node-body blog-body">The news and video that emerged today of a passenger being roughly dragged from a United Airlines aircraft for no other reason than the airline had oversold the flight is truly disturbing.</div> <p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/united-bumped-passenger-video-damages-all-airlines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/united-bumped-passenger-video-damages-all-airlines#comments Aeropolitics Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:41:00 +0000 244231 at http://atwonline.com EASA’s safety warning raises most important question on electronic carry-on bans http://atwonline.com/blog/easa-s-safety-warning-raises-most-important-question-electronic-carry-bans <div class="node-body blog-body">EASA’s safety bulletin issued today warning of the hazards of loading lots of personal electronics in the cargo hold rather than let passengers carry them onboard as usual is really quite damning of the new US and UK security rules.</div> <p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/easa-s-safety-warning-raises-most-important-question-electronic-carry-bans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/easa-s-safety-warning-raises-most-important-question-electronic-carry-bans#comments Security Safety Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Wed, 05 Apr 2017 20:21:00 +0000 243801 at http://atwonline.com American places ATW Airline of the Year logo on 968 aircraft http://atwonline.com/blog/american-places-atw-airline-year-logo-968-aircraft <div class="node-body blog-body">American Airlines is having the sort of sticker shock it’s nice to have; the carrier is sticking 2017 ATW Airline of the Year decals on the fuselages of all 968 of its mainline aircraft.</div> <p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/american-places-atw-airline-year-logo-968-aircraft" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/american-places-atw-airline-year-logo-968-aircraft#comments Airlines Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Tue, 04 Apr 2017 22:39:00 +0000 243591 at http://atwonline.com Ban the carry-on ban. And soon http://atwonline.com/blog/ban-carry-ban-and-soon <div class="node-body blog-body">The new US and UK electronics carry-on security bans continue to raise questions. But there’s zero evidence that they raise security.</div> <p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/ban-carry-ban-and-soon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/ban-carry-ban-and-soon#comments Security Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Mon, 03 Apr 2017 20:30:00 +0000 243411 at http://atwonline.com Keep calm, but don't carry on! http://atwonline.com/blog/keep-calm-dont-carry <div class="node-body blog-body">The British Airways statement on the new rules forbidding laptops and other personal electronic devices in carry-on on certain flights is so British.</div> <p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/keep-calm-dont-carry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/keep-calm-dont-carry#comments Security Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:29:00 +0000 242201 at http://atwonline.com Trying to make sense of the new TSA electronics ban http://atwonline.com/blog/trying-make-sense-new-tsa-electronics-ban <div class="node-body blog-body">I flew to Abu Dhabi for a short work trip in January and, if I’m honest, I found the security and screening processes at that airport ahead of my flight back to Washington DC a bit annoying. However, given today’s announcement about new US security rules for flights from that airport and nine others, most of them also in the Middle East, the focus of my annoyance has changed. </div> <p><a href="http://atwonline.com/blog/trying-make-sense-new-tsa-electronics-ban" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://atwonline.com/blog/trying-make-sense-new-tsa-electronics-ban#comments Security Airports & Routes Opinions ATW Editor&#039;s Blog Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:08:00 +0000 242071 at http://atwonline.com