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  • Apr 24, 2015
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    US review of Gulf carriers should establish facts vs fancy 8

    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
  • Apr 13, 2015
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    The problem with today’s air passengers, defined by Louis C.K. 6

    If you haven’t seen this clip of comedian Louis C.K. on the Conan show, then you will enjoy and relate it to something you see almost every time you fly or hear any time someone tells you about their flight....More
  • Apr 10, 2015
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    Airline profits in perspective 1

    IATA predicts that US and Canadian airlines will earn a collective net profit of $13.2 billion in 2015....More
  • Apr 7, 2015
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    Déjà vu comes at a very high price 7

    One of the fundamental pillars of aviation is that the whole industry learns from an accident, irrespective of where it occurred. Geography and distance should not block valuable lessons from being learned....More
  • Apr 6, 2015
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    New Air France inflight safety video is served with flair 6

    Air France is joining those airlines that are upping the ante on producing inflight safety videos you might actually want to watch....More
  • Apr 6, 2015
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    Kampuchea Airlines, Thanks to Rob

    Phnom Penh-based Kampuchea Airlines flew regional service from Phnom Penh International Airport from 1997 to 2004....More
  • Mar 27, 2015
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    A Wide(ning) Gulf

    In the early 1970s, which was the most prominent Middle Eastern airline?...More
  • Mar 26, 2015
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    Another media frenzy, but it's still bunkum 5

    Today's news on the Germanwings A320 crash is shocking, tragic, and will have long-term effects on the air transport industry....More
  • Mar 26, 2015
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    Cockpit doors: No silver bullet solution 8

    What if the person sabotaging the aircraft is one of the pilots and he is alone in the cockpit?...More
  • Mar 24, 2015
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    Media in a spin of shame 7

    Today’s news that a Germanwings A320 has crashed in France, with no survivors expected among the 150 passengers and crew, is tragic....More
  • Mar 23, 2015
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    March Madness: Southwest vs. Spirit

    Southwest appears to be targeting ultra-low cost carrier Spirit Airlines in its latest TV commercial....More
  • Mar 17, 2015
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    Accusations over Gulf carriers finally becomes a debate 5

    The furor over alleged Gulf carrier subsidies and Open Skies compliance got a thorough airing today at the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation 14th Annual Aviation Summit in Washington DC....More
  • Mar 16, 2015
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    Spelling it out

    Rather than being celebrated for making life better, airlines are seen as the enemy. Everything that used to be free, now has a fee....More
  • Mar 13, 2015
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    Location, location, location… 2

    If European airlines were not based in Europe, would they be more successful?...More

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