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  • Jul 11, 2015

    Three pioneering planes fly for the future 1

    It’s been an interesting week for aviation and for the potential future shape of commercial air transport. Two tiny planes crossed that sliver of water known as the English Channel and which separates England from continental Europe....More
  • Jul 8, 2015

    Qantas—95 years old 1

    At top is the Qantas office in 1921, one year after the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd. was formed...More
  • Jul 2, 2015

    What’s DOJ looking for in the airline collusion investigation? 2

    Can a case be made that major US airline executives' public comments on capacity discipline were improper “signals” to each other?...More
  • Jun 30, 2015

    Emirates’ Tim Clark: Subsidy dispute is destabilizing global airline industry

    Clark says the very public dispute between the “Big Three” US airlines and the “Big Three” Gulf airlines has “been damaging to the aviation industry.”...More
  • Jun 30, 2015

    Thoughts on Emirates’ subsidy filing to US government 4

    Emirates Airline today submitted its long-awaited response to US airline allegations that it is subsidized by its government owner in ways that contravene the US-UAE Open Skies agreement. Here are some of my thoughts on Emirates’ document....More
  • Jun 26, 2015

    Pogue dinner a timely reminder of the importance of Open Skies 4

    It was my great pleasure last night to attend the L. Welch Pogue Award dinner, where Paul V. Mifsud was honored as this year’s recipient....More
  • Jun 23, 2015

    Paris Air Show: Delivery, not new orders the theme

    The two largest international air shows, Farnborough and Paris, always boil down to one question: which of the two biggest commercial OEMs ends the week with the fattest order book? Le Bourget 2015 was no different, but there was a distinctly mellow feel to this show as Airbus and Boeing’s record backlogs inevitably started to pinch the front end....More
  • Jun 19, 2015

    An unlikely marriage

    European heavyweights Air France-KLM, easyJet, International Airlines Group (IAG), Lufthansa Group and Ryanair came together in Brussels to voice their shared views on the European Commission’s new EU Aviation Strategy, but *how* it was said was far more important than *what* was said....More
  • Jun 16, 2015

    Paris Air Show 2015

    CSeries flying, production execution, 757 replacement are among the themes at Le Bourget...More
  • Jun 12, 2015

    What’s the deal with EPA’s aircraft emissions ruling?

    Former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson: “Once you know you have a pollutant and you know it’s endangering public welfare, then EPA must act.”...More
  • Jun 10, 2015

    AA Cabin Experience & Who’s that tall guy lugging a backpack? 4

    Given my recent experience on a flight to Austin, I thought it would be interesting to share and compare with the flights I’ve just done from Washington National to Miami and back (attending the IATA AGM). This time I was flying American and it must be said that the service was excellent both outbound and return....More
  • Jun 4, 2015

    American Airlines SOC in 1990; new facility coming

    The photo was taken in July 1990 when the systems operations control (SOC) building was first occupied in Fort Worth, Texas....More
  • Jun 1, 2015

    “Friendly Skies”, but blame Brazil if you bump your head 8

    On a recent flight from Washington DC to Austin, Texas, I encountered something that shows customer service in the air means different things to different people....More
  • May 29, 2015

    You can’t e-mail a hug

    “You can’t e-mail a hug” was an advertising slogan that I spotted recently, plastered on a huge billboard outside my local railway station. The product in question? Coffee....More
  • May 28, 2015

    Looking for a buyer: Skymark A380s sit on Airbus tarmac in Toulouse

    Taking in the Toulouse sunshine, and clearly not going anywhere soon, is this pair of Airbus A380s which were originally bound for Japan and Tokyo-based low-cost carrier Skymark Airlines, which defaulted on its payments for six A380s early this year and filed for bankruptcy protection....More
  • May 22, 2015

    If only ATM modernization, not the Gulf carriers, was the target of this campaign 4

    A quick thought on a week that has once more seen the two sides in the US vs. Gulf carrier dispute counter-claiming and, in the case of the US coalition, touting growing support from the lawmakers, local labor groups, trade associations and authorities it has been lobbying in a grass roots campaign. These people, the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies says, now fear for the future of American aviation and American jobs....More
  • May 22, 2015

    A question of scale 1

    Sometimes it takes just one small comment to put things into perspective. For me, that comment came during Emirates’ full-year results call....More
  • May 20, 2015

    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

    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

    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

    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
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Nov 24, 2015

American History

As American Airlines rolls out aircraft in the Heritage series, I am fascinated by all the AA predecessors, their logos and paint over the years....More
Nov 23, 2015

Was the TAM merger a mistake for LAN? 3

LATAM is a bet on the long-term future of Latin American commercial aviation....More
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