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  • 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
  • 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
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Jun 22, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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