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  • Jun 4, 2015

    American Airlines SOC in 1990; new facility coming

    The photo was taken in July 1990 when the systems operations control (SOC) building was first occupied in Fort Worth, Texas....More
  • Jun 1, 2015

    “Friendly Skies”, but blame Brazil if you bump your head 8

    On a recent flight from Washington DC to Austin, Texas, I encountered something that shows customer service in the air means different things to different people....More
  • May 29, 2015

    You can’t e-mail a hug

    “You can’t e-mail a hug” was an advertising slogan that I spotted recently, plastered on a huge billboard outside my local railway station. The product in question? Coffee....More
  • May 28, 2015

    Looking for a buyer: Skymark A380s sit on Airbus tarmac in Toulouse

    Taking in the Toulouse sunshine, and clearly not going anywhere soon, is this pair of Airbus A380s which were originally bound for Japan and Tokyo-based low-cost carrier Skymark Airlines, which defaulted on its payments for six A380s early this year and filed for bankruptcy protection....More
  • May 22, 2015

    If only ATM modernization, not the Gulf carriers, was the target of this campaign 4

    A quick thought on a week that has once more seen the two sides in the US vs. Gulf carrier dispute counter-claiming and, in the case of the US coalition, touting growing support from the lawmakers, local labor groups, trade associations and authorities it has been lobbying in a grass roots campaign. These people, the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies says, now fear for the future of American aviation and American jobs....More
  • May 22, 2015

    A question of scale 1

    Sometimes it takes just one small comment to put things into perspective. For me, that comment came during Emirates’ full-year results call....More
  • May 20, 2015

    Video clip: MSNBC news program looks at the Gulf carrier subsidies dispute

    US TV station MSNBC’s Road Map program ran a 10-minute segment this morning looking at the US versus Gulf carrier dispute....More
  • May 19, 2015

    No simple solution to MRJ90’s scope clause problem 3

    Delivery date and seat capacity are problematic for the MRJ70 in terms of appealing to US airlines....More
  • May 15, 2015

    Planning 100 years in advance 2

    Can airlines learn from a Norwegian library, which just has embarked on a project that will not be completed until 2114, 100 years from now?...More
  • May 11, 2015

    If a third of my seat has a 25 inch pitch, shouldn’t the airline pay me an ancillary fee? 5

    I’m writing this blog from onboard US Airways/AA flight 595 from Phoenix to Washington National. I don’t normally get into the traveler thing or flight reviews, but this flight and my particular seat got me thinking. Let me explain....More
  • Apr 30, 2015

    MD-80 UDF 5

  • Apr 30, 2015

    Foxx ‘open’ to FAA restructuring

    Count US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx among those willing to have an open mind on removing ATC from FAA....More
  • Apr 30, 2015

    Lost in translation

    It’s easy to forget that words do not translate the same way for everyone....More
  • Apr 29, 2015

    US carriers are not backing off Gulf campaign, but may be changing tactics 4

    Some thoughts on yesterday’s panel debate on the Gulf carriers at the CAPA Americas Aviation Summit in Las Vegas. I observed the majority of the debate, which was moderated by Pillsbury Law partner Ken Quinn, and it led me to believe that while I don’t think the three US carriers involved are going to drop their subsidy and unfair competition accusations against the three Gulf carriers, I do think they are shifting the strategic basis of their campaign....More
  • Apr 24, 2015

    The A380 10 years on and Leahy’s optimism for 50 years more.

    It’s been 10 years since the first Airbus A380 took flight. To mark the occasion, Airbus has created a video starring their COO, customers John Leahy (and the A380, of course, but this is really John’s show)....More
  • Apr 22, 2015

    What’s in a name? 1

    Have you ever considered how dated some everyday words are? In a car, you have a “glove compartment” and a “parcel shelf”, dating back to a bygone era. Are country-specific airline names similarly dated?...More
  • Apr 21, 2015

    Will Alitalia be next to leave the AEA fold? 1

    With news today that airberlin is leaving the Association of European Airlines (AEA) in the spreading dispute over what is “fair” competition by the major Gulf carriers, the question is whether Alitalia will be next out of the AEA door?...More
  • Apr 19, 2015

    US review of Gulf carriers should establish facts vs fancy 9

    As the campaign led by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines sped from secret briefings in Washington DC to the broad media and loud finger-pointing, one thing became clear. The US carriers are eager for a fight against Emirates, Etihad and Qatar and their state owners. So if there’s to be a bruising, then the facts should be established in as far as they are directly relevant to what is or is not fair competition....More

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