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  • Jan 17, 2017
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    Don’t dismiss the widebody

    Already 2017 is shaping up to be another good year for the narrowbody, especially the new-generation of ultra-efficient airliners....More
  • Jan 17, 2017
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    MH370 becomes a ghost ship

    It’s a sad day in commercial aviation history with the confirmation that the search for MH370 has been suspended....More
  • Jan 6, 2017
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    Aviation’s 2017 nightmares begin in Fort Lauderdale

    There is still a lot to be learned from today’s shooting incident at Fort Lauderdale Airport, but this is the nightmare the industry – especially US airlines and airports – feared as we entered a new year....More
  • Jan 3, 2017
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    In defense of airlines’ checked baggage fees

    Those wanting checked baggage fees rescinded are inadvertently advocating for worse customer service for passengers....More
  • Jan 3, 2017
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    Uncertain Times: The global airline industry’s 2017 watch points

    No matter your industry or priorities, the common feeling entering 2017 is one of uncertainty about how this year will turn out. The airline industry is no exception, so here are a few thoughts on five watch points that could make the difference between a good and a not-so-good year:...More
  • Dec 28, 2016
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    The flight crew dilemma: a follow up

    Since I wrote in this blog about a couple of onboard incidents involving passenger behavior, more details have come to light about the second incident – involving a Muslim American male – that warrants a follow up....More
  • Dec 22, 2016
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    The flight & cabin crew dilemma

    A white male with an American accent stands in the aisle of a commercial airliner and delivers an angry, hate-filled, political rant at the rest of the passengers, daring them to reveal themselves as “Hillary bitches”. He gets to stay on the flight....More
  • Dec 21, 2016
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    US DOT wins game of chicken vs. Delta-Aeromexico

    The department confidently called the airlines’ bluff....More
  • Dec 16, 2016
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    Lufthansa & Etihad: From enemies to partners

    Lufthansa and Etihad, in the past, have fought over airberlin codeshare rights specifically and more broadly over Gulf carrier growth and subsidy allegations....More
  • Dec 9, 2016
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    Good news for US airlines on unit revenue

    Perhaps Warren Buffett is on to something....More
  • 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
  • Nov 29, 2016
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    Don’t hold your breath…

    Lufthansa pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has said that their current strike is “a question of who can hold their breath the longest and our breath is very long.”...More
  • Nov 28, 2016
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    Rant guy on Delta plane is banned, but where are we going as a society?

    Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian confirmed Monday that a passenger who gave an expletive-filled rant on a Delta aircraft is banned for life from flying on the Atlanta-based airline. The rant was videoed by another passenger. You can see it here....More
  • Nov 28, 2016
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    Jets small and large fly over Abu Dhabi for Formula 1 finale

    The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was held at the weekend, the pinnacle of the 2016 Formula 1 championship. Etihad Airways is host sponsor and as part of the ceremonies, did a flyby in conjunction with the UAE National Aerobatics Team, Al Fursan (The Knights)....More
  • Nov 24, 2016
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    Congratulations Airbus

    The larger variant of the A350 XWB, the -1000, completed its first flight today, marking the beginning of the aircraft’s flight-test program and an exciting era for Airbus....More
  • Nov 20, 2016
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    Asia-Pacific airline CEOs have talent

    Former IATA director general Tony Tyler liked to say that airline CEOs give their commitment to the global association, but their hearts to their regional associations. Nowhere is that more apparent than at the annual meeting of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), which was held in Manila last week and displayed the region’s airline executive talent in more ways than one....More
  • Nov 18, 2016
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    Astonishing market cap figures show airline industry’s dramatic change

    In 2011, the highest equity value of any airline in the world was the forming LATAM at $12 billion. Now it is Delta at $35 billion....More
  • Nov 17, 2016
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    Enough is enough

    At the end of 2014, Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo told his staff they had done enough towards the airline’s turnaround. Is this a lesson other European airlines can learn from, or a fantasy in today’s hyper-competitive market?...More
  • 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
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Feb 16, 2017
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Not all US domestic routes are created equal

For years, US airlines basically treated a 45-90-minute hop the same as a 5-hour transcontinental flight....More
Jan 30, 2017
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Protesters at Washington Dulles are happy, well behaved

I took an international flight out of Washington Dulles Sunday evening so stepped down to the international arrivals lounge curious to see what was happening in light of the Trump travel ban that ignited protests over the weekend....More
Jan 24, 2017
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Alitalia, the airline that broke the camel’s back?

Can Alitalia ever be a good-news story? It appears not for Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi-based airline that has become the latest in a line of companies to see potential in the Italian flag carrier but for whom good news seems an increasingly distant prospect....More
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