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  • Jul 10, 2013
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    Stick to the facts 1

    ALPA’s statement this week that NTSB investigators are prematurely releasing operational data on Asiana flight 214 was met with a curt response from NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman during her media briefing Tuesday....More
  • Jul 8, 2013
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    Media getting it wrong on Asiana 214 pilot

    Does not appear allowing pilot to land 777 at SFO was improper...More
  • Jul 4, 2013
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    On a collision course?

    When Congress, US consumer groups and general media get on their soapboxes to complain about airlines, here is where they should really focus their efforts: avoiding a mid-air collision....More
  • Jul 1, 2013
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    A little rouge and lipstick will make that seat-pitch look better

    Congratulations to Air Canada, which today launched operations of its new leisure airline, rouge. Time was when it was quite the mode to launch a leisure version of your mainline carrier. The main criteria seemed to be to give it a jaunty name – remember Delta’s Song, United’s Ted (short for Uni-ted, get it?) and Air Canada’s own Tango and Zip. The other common factor was that none survived as each carrier discovered that stripping costs out of your so-called low-cost operation is not easy....More
  • Jul 1, 2013
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    A little rouge and lipstick will make that seat-pitch look better

    Congratulations to Air Canada, which today launched operations of its new leisure airline, rouge. Time was when it was quite the mode to launch a leisure version of your mainline carrier. The main criteria seemed to be to give it a jaunty name – remember Delta’s Song, United’s Ted (short for Uni-ted, get it?) and Air Canada’s own Tango and Zip. The other common factor was that none survived as each carrier discovered that stripping costs out of your so-called low-cost operation is not easy....More
  • Jul 1, 2013
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    ATW: Covering Commercial Air Transport for 50 Years 1

      Air Transport World has been bringing you news on the management of the world’s airlines since May 1964.  We feel very honored and pleased to celebrate this milestone of 50 years of publishing with our readers. In my blog over the next several months I will be sharing events that occurred around the time that ATW published its first issue....More
  • Jun 27, 2013
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    Where things stand on 90-seat turboprop

    Post-Paris Air Show update on large turboprop...More
  • Jun 24, 2013
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    Paris pours rain, orders and rival barbs 1

    The Paris Air Show was a week of fierce storms, torrential rain and a downpour of multi-billion dollar deals as airlines and lessors continued their rush to sign up for efficient, eco-friendly aircraft and fuel-economic engines....More
  • Jun 3, 2013
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    An Old Frontier 1

    Shown are summer uniforms worn by the flight attendants in the late 1940s at Challenger Airlines. At the time, uniforms changed often. But then, so did airlines....More
  • May 17, 2013
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    United leading the way 2

      Shortly after the historic Pasco, Washington-Boise, Idaho-Elko, Nevada  flight of Varney Air Lines on April 6, 1926, this group posed before a Laird Swallow biplane at Boise. Shown (from left) are pilot Joe Taff, pilot Franklin Rose, Hal Bruntach, Mrs. Walter T. Varney, Walter T. Varney, his father Thomas Varney, chief pilot Leon Cuddeback, the senior Varney’s chauffeur, and a representative of the US Post Office....More
  • May 8, 2013
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    RAA notes: Regional manufacturers wary of large turboprop for now

    Regional manufacturers put off a decision on launching a 80-100 seat turboprop....More
  • May 7, 2013
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    British United Airways has busy decade

      British United was the largest privately owned airline in the 1960s in the UK.  It began as a merger between Airwork Services and Hunting-Clan Air Transport. Its main shareholder was British & Commonwealth Shipping (B&C) and it began as a charter airline flying 90 assorted fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters....More
  • Apr 29, 2013
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    The Peach, the Apple, the Captain and the Flying Colonels

    Delta Airlines in New York City:from non-existent to major force....More
  • Apr 22, 2013
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    Congress holds US air transportation system to ransom 3

    It really is beyond belief that Congress has been allowed to get this far with its holding of the US air transportation system to ransom under the curious term "sequestration."...More
  • Apr 18, 2013
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    Lindbergh flies Mexicana Trimotor 3

      In February 1929, after eight years of operation, Pan Am owner Juan Trippe took over Mexicana and opened the carrier’s first international route from its base in Mexico City to Brownsville, Texas via Tuxpan and Tampico....More
  • Apr 16, 2013
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    Why the anti-NDC campaign is bunkum

      It’s one of those bizarre quirks that the airline industry finds itself this spring with two 787s needing to get off the ground. No one doubted the 787 aircraft’s return to service. But the flight path remains less certain for Resolution 787, IATA’s application with the US Transportation Department to approve an agreement that would establish the framework for its New Distribution Capability (NDC)....More
  • Apr 10, 2013
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    Braniff Ultra Space Interior 1

    Caption, November 29, 1978: Additions to Braniff International’s fleet of intercontinental McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62s will be equipped with Atlantic Aviation’s “wide-body look” interior system, as seen here on one of their eight -62s already outfitted....More
  • Apr 2, 2013
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    Safety Beginnings

      In the Dec. 18, 1972 edition of TWA’s Today employee newspaper, an article announced a new security device being deployed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The X-ray equipment was called “Saferay” and it was used to view carry-on luggage and parcels. ...More

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