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  • May 20, 2015
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    MD-80 UDF 5

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  • Apr 30, 2015
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    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
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    Lost in translation

    It’s easy to forget that words do not translate the same way for everyone....More
  • Apr 29, 2015
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    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
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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 10

    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

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