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  • Nov 7, 2017
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    Cathay & Qatar: Who wins?

    At first glance, it’s difficult to see the gains that Qatar Airways’ stake in Cathay Pacific Airways brings to either airline. But dig deeper and there may be advantages that emerge from this new Chinese-Arab aviation relationship....More
  • Nov 6, 2017
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    Airlines need to master the art of the upsell

    As airlines roll out product segmentation, upselling becomes a critical element of the air transport business....More
  • Oct 18, 2017
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    EDITORIAL: Planes, Politics & Protectionism

    It’s ironic that the US is seeing a surge in activity that smacks of protectionism under a Republican president; one who campaigned on his credentials as a businessman....More
  • Oct 17, 2017
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    Airbus-Bombardier CSeries shocker: First thoughts

    There will be much more to say about the blockbuster Airbus-Bombardier CSeries deal, in which Airbus will become the majority stakeholder in the CSeries program, in the days and weeks ahead. Here are a few initial thoughts…...More
  • Oct 13, 2017
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    Basic economy is a success if it does NOT sell

    The success of basic economy 'isn’t how many people buy it, but how many people don’t buy it.'...More
  • Oct 6, 2017
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    Democratic route development

    German LCC Eurowings has asked passengers to vote on potential new destinations, ticking boxes for passenger engagement, marketing and route development....More
  • Oct 2, 2017
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    Monarch’s fragile wings

    The collapse of UK leisure carrier Monarch Airlines is bad for those travelers whose vacations are upended; worse for the almost 2,000 people who have lost their jobs with a company that has entered bankruptcy after 50 years of operating. But it should have come as no surprise, given what is happening in the European airline market....More
  • Sep 27, 2017
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    Why the Delta CSeries order is worth all the trouble for Bombardier

    Bombardier believes Delta operating the CSeries will be the tipping point that puts the aircraft in high demand....More
  • Sep 21, 2017
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    FedEx’s Fred Smith puts e-commerce in perspective

    The notion that there is an inexorable march toward e-commerce dominating retail is not borne out by analysis, Smith says....More
  • Sep 20, 2017
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    Airline & aviation workers’ heroic acts in disaster-hit regions

    Harvey, Katia, Irma, Jose, Maria: a terrible family of destruction. And the brutal 2017 Atlantic hurricane season still has weeks to run and could potentially add more names to fear. I’d like to recognize here the ongoing dedication by the people of the commercial aviation industry who continue to support relief and aid efforts across all the regions affected....More
  • Sep 19, 2017
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    O’Leary’s Mea Culpa

    Who thought we’d ever see the day that Michael O’Leary said sorry?...More
  • Sep 15, 2017
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    Data is the new oil

    At the recent Aviation Festival in London, an observation from one of the moderators really struck me: “Data is the new oil.”...More
  • Sep 14, 2017
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    White House’s sloppy talk imperils ATC reform

    White House support for Rep. Bill Shuster’s ATC reform plan presents a catch-22 for airlines....More
  • Sep 1, 2017
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    Turning a problem into revenue

    Convincing passengers to give up their hand luggage is one of the toughest jobs in airline ground operations, so UK LCC easyJet’s plan to turn this problem into an ancillary revenue stream is an interesting move....More
  • Aug 25, 2017
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    Is there a future for ‘middle-seat' airlines? ​

    As the carve-up of German carrier airberlin begins, it begs the question of whether there is an independent future for second-tier airlines that are neither niche players, nor members of large airline groups....More
  • Aug 18, 2017
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    Dueling Dallas views of US airline industry

    Is Doug Parker too optimistic? Is Gary Kelly too cautious?...More
  • Aug 15, 2017
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    Is Europe in the next phase of consolidation?

    Do the airberlin and Alitalia insolvency filings signal the next wave of European industry consolidation?...More
  • Aug 15, 2017
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    Airport drinking; when to call time?

    Is limiting the number of alcoholic drinks each passenger can consume at an airport a good idea?...More
  • Aug 11, 2017
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    Sully video blog – reader comments & a follow up

    Not surprisingly, my latest blog on “Sully” Sullenberger’s AAAA videos campaigning against US ATM reform ignited a strong response from readers. Perhaps the only surprise is that many of the responses in my emails were highly supportive....More
  • Aug 10, 2017
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    Sully’s misleading statements on US ATC reform

    Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who landed a US Airways A320 on the Hudson River in New York, is campaigning against moves to reform and modernize the US air traffic management (ATM) system. Aside from misrepresenting the issue, Sullenberger accuses US airlines of “putting cost reduction ahead of safety”; that’s a shameful lie....More
  • Aug 8, 2017
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    Can a partial shutdown of FAA be avoided?

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for an FAA reauthorization bill including major ATC reform to pass the US Congress....More
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Dec 15, 2017
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Editorial: Gulf Open Skies decision is right call

Despite a renewed campaign against the hub Gulf carriers, the three US major airlines ended the year with essentially nothing gained....More
Dec 12, 2017
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Customer service lessons for British Airways, Heathrow and all airlines

A final update on my journey out of the London Heathrow chaos, along with a few takeaways that the incident made me think about, not just for the airline and airport directly involved, but for the wider industry....More
Dec 11, 2017
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Should movie theaters disclose popcorn prices ‘up front’?

With DOT dropping proposed rules that would have required airlines to disclose bag fees 'up front,' there is a lot of finger wagging about 'hidden' airline fees....More
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