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  • Aug 11, 2017

    Sully video blog – reader comments & a follow up

    Not surprisingly, my latest blog on “Sully” Sullenberger’s AAAA videos campaigning against US ATM reform ignited a strong response from readers. Perhaps the only surprise is that many of the responses in my emails were highly supportive....More
  • Aug 10, 2017

    Sully’s misleading statements on US ATC reform

    Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who landed a US Airways A320 on the Hudson River in New York, is campaigning against moves to reform and modernize the US air traffic management (ATM) system. Aside from misrepresenting the issue, Sullenberger accuses US airlines of “putting cost reduction ahead of safety”; that’s a shameful lie....More
  • Aug 8, 2017

    Can a partial shutdown of FAA be avoided?

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for an FAA reauthorization bill including major ATC reform to pass the US Congress....More
  • Jul 28, 2017

    Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic: culture clash?

    Air France-KLM pulled a surprise move, announcing plans to acquire 31% of UK long-haul carrier Virgin Atlantic, but how will the partnership play out in terms of culture and strategy?...More
  • Jul 24, 2017

    New US security rules are a win for common sense

    The US government’s new security rules for all international flights bound for the US came into effect last week. I experienced them first hand at Auckland airport and, if that experience proves typical, this is a win for safety and for common sense....More
  • Jul 21, 2017

    Joon know your target audience? ​

    Air France has finally given birth to new lower-cost airline Joon, but is the baby too genetically similar to its elderly parent to appeal to millennials?...More
  • Jul 7, 2017

    Wait-and-see approach is still best on new US security requirements

    The foundation is in place for the new standards to be problematic for airlines down the road....More
  • Jul 7, 2017

    ​Make it easy; make it different

    More and more passengers are looking for ‘business as unusual’ from companies. They want their experience to be easy, different, human…and cheap....More
  • Jul 6, 2017

    The UK’s laptop security predicament

    Gradually, business returns closer to normal for those airlines and airports that were affected by the US government’s poorly conceived laptop ban in the cabins of in-bound flights from 10 airports, most of them in the Middle East....More
  • Jun 27, 2017

    The subsidy irony of Anderson’s new gig

    Amtrak’s pick of former Delta Air Lines chairman and CEO Richard Anderson to be its president and CEO provides exactly the sort of tough leadership that the woefully-inadequate US passenger rail line needs....More
  • Jun 23, 2017

    Qatar Airways’ American bid could be political

    Qatar Airways’ unsolicited bid to acquire a large stake in American Airlines is indeed “puzzling”, as American CEO Doug Parker put it in a letter to employees....More
  • Jun 22, 2017

    Qatar Airways CEO Al Baker defiant in face of blockade, laptop ban

    The diplomatic rift between Qatar and four Gulf neighbors has not thwarted Qatar Airways’ ambitions....More
  • Jun 22, 2017

    Qatar's unsolicited, unexpected and unwelcome bid for American

    You have to hand it to Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker; he never fails to surprise. This time, it appears, he has also surprised American Airlines....More
  • Jun 16, 2017

    Cuba: You need passengers, not just planes!

    My quick take on US President Donald Trump’s announcement today that the US air services pact with Cuba will remain, but a ban on US tourism to the Caribbean island will be reinforced....More
  • Jun 16, 2017

    Munoz moves United on from scandal, but will customer service follow?

    United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz’s speech in New York this week seemed deliberately aimed at putting the dragged passenger scandal behind him and setting the company on a new forward-looking path. Will he succeed?...More
  • Jun 7, 2017

    Airlines need Brexit answers. Soon.

    The UK is scheduled to leave the EU (Brexit) by the end of March 2019, but airlines don’t have two years, they need answers by April next year....More
  • Jun 6, 2017

    Editor’s Blog: Walsh’s meltdown over the BA meltdown

    A clearly irritated Willie Walsh was ready to chastise the press. “It wasn’t a computer meltdown,” he said as soon as he was asked about the British Airways incident that essentially shut down the airline’s London operations. “It was not a failure of IT; it was a failure of power.”...More
  • Jun 5, 2017

    Editor's Blog: The USA becomes the unnamed problem child

    If you wanted an indicator of how far the US has fallen in the regard of global opinion, Cancun would be a good place to be this week.As one speaker on a panel on protectionism said, “it’s going to get a lot messier in world free trade”....More
  • Jun 1, 2017

    Trump’s withdrawal from Paris is bad news for the ICAO emissions deal

    The hard truth is that CORSIA 'complements' Paris. The two agreements are inexorably linked....More
  • May 29, 2017

    The bigger questions of British Airways’ IT meltdown

    As with all disasters, natural or man-made, there comes a time for mopping up, analysis and self- examination. What was learned? How can this be avoided again? That’s where British Airways sits now, as schedules return to normal after the IT meltdown that essentially shut down its London Heathrow and Gatwick operations over the weekend....More
  • May 25, 2017

    Just get it right ​

    Every day there is a new headline about an airline getting it wrong, but a recent study revealed that North American passengers are apparently happier than ever....More
Blogs & Commentary
Sep 19, 2017

O’Leary’s Mea Culpa

Whothought we’d ever see the day that Michael O’Leary said sorry?...More
Sep 15, 2017

Data is the new oil

At the recent Aviation Festival in London, an observation from one of the moderators really struck me: “Data is the new oil.”...More
Sep 14, 2017

White House’s sloppy talk imperils ATC reform

White House support for Rep. Bill Shuster’s ATC reform plan presents a catch-22 for airlines....More
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