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  • Aug 10, 2015
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    Latin America’s airline consolidation takes different path from Europe’s

    Latin American airline groups have decided that having a pan-Latin American image is valuable....More
  • Aug 3, 2015
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    Cecil Honor Roll call for airlines that ban animal trophies 2

    If you’ve been following the news at all recently then you will be familiar with a Zimbabwe lion called Cecil and his fate. It’s not my place in this column to comment on that incident and the resulting outrage against the American who killed Cecil, but I would like to start an honor roll for those airlines that have banned the shipment of wild animal trophies in response....More
  • Jul 31, 2015
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    United CEO plays fast and loose with facts in NY speech on Gulf carriers 10

    United CEO Jeff Smisek was practically punching the air yesterday in a hard-hitting speech in New York that focused mainly on the Gulf carriers, which he said represent the single biggest threat to US aviation. But how correct were the many accusations he flung?...More
  • Jul 29, 2015
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    US airlines’ 2Q earnings roundup

    US airlines continue to control costs and prudently manage capacity....More
  • Jul 24, 2015
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    US airline profits up; regulators on the witch hunt 8

    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....More
  • Jul 24, 2015
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    4,000 mph Cruise

    Cruising at 4,000 mph—Artist’s concept shows a passenger airliner of the future capable of flying 5,750 statute miles at hypersonic cruise speeds of about 4,000 mph....More
  • Jul 23, 2015
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    Southwest rethinks old assumptions

    The airline is questioning its old assumptions about fuel hedging and ROIC goals....More
  • Jul 21, 2015
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    A drone is going to bring down an airliner: why are we waiting for that to happen? 24

    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....More
  • Jul 15, 2015
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    US can’t require airlines to be forthcoming, then penalize transparency

    Delta CEO Richard Anderson: 'We’re required to file huge amounts of data with the government.'...More
  • Jul 15, 2015
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    Spirit Airlines exposes the Bundlers in hilarious video

    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....More
  • Jul 15, 2015
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    20:20 hindsight

    Europe’s oldest low-cost carrier, Ryanair, has just celebrated its 30th birthday in strong health and with many bright years ahead, but things could have played out very differently....More
  • Jul 11, 2015
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    Three pioneering planes fly for the future 1

    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....More
  • Jul 8, 2015
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    Qantas—95 years old 1

    At top is the Qantas office in 1921, one year after the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd. was formed...More
  • Jul 2, 2015
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    What’s DOJ looking for in the airline collusion investigation? 2

    Can a case be made that major US airline executives' public comments on capacity discipline were improper “signals” to each other?...More
  • Jun 30, 2015
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    Emirates’ Tim Clark: Subsidy dispute is destabilizing global airline industry

    Clark says the very public dispute between the “Big Three” US airlines and the “Big Three” Gulf airlines has “been damaging to the aviation industry.”...More
  • Jun 30, 2015
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    Thoughts on Emirates’ subsidy filing to US government 4

    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....More
  • Jun 26, 2015
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    Pogue dinner a timely reminder of the importance of Open Skies 4

    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....More
  • Jun 23, 2015
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    Paris Air Show: Delivery, not new orders the theme

    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....More
  • Jun 19, 2015
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    An unlikely marriage

    European heavyweights Air France-KLM, easyJet, International Airlines Group (IAG), Lufthansa Group and Ryanair came together in Brussels to voice their shared views on the European Commission’s new EU Aviation Strategy, but *how* it was said was far more important than *what* was said....More
  • Jun 16, 2015
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    Paris Air Show 2015

    CSeries flying, production execution, 757 replacement are among the themes at Le Bourget...More

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