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  • Jul 7, 2016
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    Was DOT too fair with its Havana flight allocations?

    The US Department of Transportation’s eagerly awaited decision on which airlines get rights to Havana, Cuba, was revealed today and the result is: just about everybody. But is that a good result?...More
  • Jul 6, 2016
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    Farnborough beckons

    As the aviation world gears up for the Farnborough Airshow, here are a few thoughts on what the show might bring....More
  • Jul 5, 2016
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    EasyJet AOC announcement is about calming rattled investors after Brexit 1

    UK low cost carrier easyJet has announced it is seeking another air operator’s certificate (AOC) outside of the UK following the British vote to exit the European Union....More
  • Jun 30, 2016
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    I am only the piano player 2

    The airlines of the world have tried very hard to keep passengers occupied while flying long distances....More
  • Jun 29, 2016
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    Flying the CSeries; it’s a full throated narrowbody, and that’s a problem 4

    Today I flew on a Bombardier CS100 directly after an aircraft was delivered to SWISS, marking the first delivery of the all-new CSeries aircraft....More
  • Jun 29, 2016
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    Ataturk attack calls for reevaluation of airport security 1

    If there is going to be screening, it has to be done somewhere, and therefore some crowding somewhere is inevitable....More
  • Jun 27, 2016
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    Brexit could lead to doors closing on Open Skies 3

    Among questions being asked in the air transport industry since last week’s shock Brexit referendum result is what does the UK’s divorce from the European Union mean to the US-EU Open Skies aviation agreement?...More
  • Jun 23, 2016
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    Europe divided

    Looking around Europe right now, it’s hard to see anything other than fragmentation, with daily aviation strikes and the UK on the brink of deciding on whether to leave the European Union....More
  • Jun 20, 2016
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    Steven Udvar-Hazy takes a step back

    When Udvar-Hazy founded ILFC in 1973, leasing a DC-8 to Aeromexico, the commercial aircraft leasing business did not exist....More
  • Jun 10, 2016
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    IATA leadership transition: From TT to AdJ; al Baker, please behave 4

    Alexandre de Juniac’s tenure as the seventh IATA director general & CEO doesn’t begin until Sept, 1, so his presence at last week’s 72nd IATA AGM in Dublin was mostly, and appropriately, low key. But remarks he made during the closing session provided some good indications of what to expect from his agenda and the tone of his leadership....More
  • Jun 8, 2016
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    Airbus A300 meets a watery end 3

    Turkey has deliberately sunk an old Airbus A300 in the Aegean Sea to create an artificial reef....More
  • Jun 6, 2016
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    Bag Blog final: Airlines & airports score well; Dulles customs not so 8

    As I’m now back home in Washington DC, this is the final “bag-blog” covering the last leg of my European work trip. Essentially, both security screening and the flights from Dublin to London Heathrow then to Washington Dulles went well, although it ended on a very sour note at US Customs & Border Protection (CBP). More of that later....More
  • Jun 3, 2016
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    Irish charm delivers me to Dublin

    This bag-and-I update is a little delayed as I’ve been at the IATA AGM in Dublin the past couple of days. So how did the last leg go? There was an unpromising start....More
  • May 30, 2016
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    Hamburg again; Avec ou sans bag? 1

    The latest leg took me back to Hamburg last night from Barcelona via Paris Charles de Gaulle; an Air France Airbus A321 followed by an A320....More
  • May 26, 2016
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    Consistent inconsistency

    It seems the only thing consistent about flying is inconsistency. When you never know what to expect, it takes its toll on trust....More
  • May 25, 2016
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    Second leg: Air France delivers my bag but loses 13 passengers 6

    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....More
  • May 24, 2016
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    Dulles to Hamburg, hassle-free and bag delivered 3

    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....More
  • May 23, 2016
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    US airlines’ big test 1

    If fuel prices continue to rise, will US airlines’ profitability disappear?...More
  • May 20, 2016
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    If It’s Tuesday it must be Barcelona, but where will Karen’s bag be? 1

    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....More
  • May 19, 2016
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    Speaking of elections ... 1

    This picture of Senator John F. Kennedy (D-Massachusets) was taken in September 1960 in Alaska....More
Blogs & Commentary
Jul 29, 2016
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ANZ safety video: what you think

Last week I asked your opinion on the latest Air New Zealand safety video, which I thought lost the plot. In fact, I asked if this was the worst safety video ever produced?...More
Jul 22, 2016
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The big divide between airlines & Wall Street: PRASM

Sluggish PRASM performance is keeping US airline stock prices low....More
ATW On-Location

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