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  • Nov 17, 2016
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    Smooth flying on a Cathay A350 to Manila

    A nice surprise awaited me yesterday as I connected from Hong Kong to a Cathay Pacific flight bound for Manila. At the gate was an Airbus A350....More
  • Nov 4, 2016
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    Does Air France’s strategy go far enough?

    Air France-KLM has released its new strategy, the latest in a three-part series, but will this episode deliver the results that are needed?...More
  • Nov 2, 2016
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    Ryanair lays down the gauntlet in Lufthansa’s home base

    News that Irish low cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair plans to start operating out of Frankfurt next year prompted Lufthansa Group Carsten Spohr to take a sharp intake of breath even as he announced a strong set of results for his company....More
  • Nov 1, 2016
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    Bags and baggage

    ATW recently polled readers on this website on what they define as a “serious delay” in the delivery of their checked baggage. The result, though not scientific, indicates one of the problems the US Department of Transportation faces if it tries to define and regulate this aspect of airline operations....More
  • Nov 1, 2016
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    Emotional baggage

    What will it take to make people leave their hand luggage behind in an evacuation situation, where delays cost lives?...More
  • Oct 24, 2016
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    Will there be cake?

    Every time the London Heathrow runway decision is deferred, Amsterdam Schiphol sends a cake. The question is will there be cake on Oct. 25?...More
  • Oct 24, 2016
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    President Obama is wrong on airline competition; did he also plagiarize Tony Tyler?

    US President Barack Obama has weighed in on airline travel and borrowed a line from former IATA director general Tony Tyler that completely upends Tyler’s famous mantra that airlines are a “force for good”....More
  • Oct 21, 2016
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    Three reasons why major US airlines are not planning to grow in 2017

    American, Delta and United appear to be bringing growth to a near halt through next year....More
  • Oct 19, 2016
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    DOT’s new “competition” rules for US airlines have nothing to do with competition

    The White House press conference held Wednesday was purportedly about competition among US airlines. It was nothing of the sort....More
  • Oct 19, 2016
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    Europe’s biggest airline?

    I recently learned a fact that surprised me, that Europe’s regionals – when combined together – make up the largest airline in Europe by number of flights....More
  • Oct 17, 2016
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    Smartphones that aren’t

    Onboard smoking has taken on a completely new meaning with this week’s bans of the Galaxy Note7 smartphone that has an alarming propensity to self-immolate....More
  • Oct 6, 2016
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    Four thoughts on the ICAO emissions deal

    The MBM scheme, while important, is NOT the end all and be all for controlling airline CO2 emissions....More
  • Oct 5, 2016
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    Too much inventory, not enough space

    This was a press release headline I saw today. It wasn’t about aviation, but it sums up the current situation in Europe pretty well....More
  • Sep 30, 2016
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    Delta responds to commentaries on JetBlue government route award

    Earlier in September, I wrote two blog commentaries about Delta Air Lines’ complaint against JetBlue Airways being awarded a pair of US federal employee travel routes. Delta wrote to the US General Service Administration (GSA) - which manages government operations, including travel for federal employees – complaining about route awards granted to New York-based JetBlue....More
  • Sep 29, 2016
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    Safety videos: An adorable Air China Panda & a stylish new American Airlines

    Back on to one of my favorite subjects – flight safety videos – and I want to share these two with you, one by Air China and the other by American Airlines....More
  • Sep 28, 2016
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    MH17: Now round up the criminals

    Was it an error? Was it intentional? Who was in charge? Who issued the instructions? Those are the key questions, raised by the international team that investigated the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. Those questions must now be answered and those responsible rounded up....More
  • Sep 26, 2016
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    No DOJ rubber stamp of Alaska-Virgin America merger

    If DOJ had no issues, antitrust clearance would probably have come by the end of this week....More
  • Sep 19, 2016
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    Economies of perception ​

    People often talk about economies of scale increasing revenues and spreading costs, but size has another benefit: customer recognition....More
  • Sep 19, 2016
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    Defining TSA

    As TSA approaches its 15th birthday in November, the agency continues to search for an identity....More
  • Sep 9, 2016
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    Forward From 15: Stuck in Montreal

    On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was listening to Canadian transport minister David Collenette address the ACI-NA Conference and Exhibition at the Montreal convention center....More
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Dec 1, 2016
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Five priorities for the next US Transportation Secretary

US President-elect’s nomination of Elaine Chao to be Department of Transportation Secretary seems to have broad support and will likely be an uncontentious nominee with the Senate....More
Nov 29, 2016
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Airbus-Boeing subsidy dispute is a proxy fight with a larger goal

Airbus and Boeing fear they will not be able to live with the kinds of state support that budding rivals may receive....More
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