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  • Aug 28, 2015
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    Wanted: New IATA DG; must travel - French & guitar skills an advantage

    The biggest question from today’s news that Tony Tyler will retire next year from his position as IATA director general is, who will succeed him?...More
  • Aug 28, 2015
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    Five intriguing new city pairs 5

    Here are five new routes on which airlines will boldly go where no one else is flying....More
  • Aug 27, 2015
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    One day; two sets of airline fortunes; and a chill breeze in Asia 1

    Posting the news today, it was hard not to contrast the different week that Airbus, Boeing and airlines from different global regions are experiencing....More
  • Aug 21, 2015
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    Half full or half empty?

    Do you feel like every flight you get on is packed? Blame the “inspection paradox”....More
  • Aug 19, 2015
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    Trouble in Latin America

    The airline revenue environment is horrendous in Latin America....More
  • Aug 17, 2015
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    ATW Cecil Honor Roll now at 27 airlines around the world

    I’ve been on work travel to New Zealand, but wanted to update you on the status of our Cecil Honor Roll for those airlines that have banned the transport of animal trophies on their aircraft....More
  • Aug 11, 2015
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    James P. Woolsey 6

    James P. Woolsey, ATW’s former editor in chief and associate publisher passed away Aug. 4, 2015. His contribution to Air Transport World magazine will always be remembered....More
  • Aug 10, 2015
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    Latin America’s airline consolidation takes different path from Europe’s

    Latin American airline groups have decided that having a pan-Latin American image is valuable....More
  • Aug 3, 2015
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    Cecil Honor Roll call for airlines that ban animal trophies 2

    If you’ve been following the news at all recently then you will be familiar with a Zimbabwe lion called Cecil and his fate. It’s not my place in this column to comment on that incident and the resulting outrage against the American who killed Cecil, but I would like to start an honor roll for those airlines that have banned the shipment of wild animal trophies in response....More
  • Jul 31, 2015
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    United CEO plays fast and loose with facts in NY speech on Gulf carriers 10

    United CEO Jeff Smisek was practically punching the air yesterday in a hard-hitting speech in New York that focused mainly on the Gulf carriers, which he said represent the single biggest threat to US aviation. But how correct were the many accusations he flung?...More
  • Jul 29, 2015
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    US airlines’ 2Q earnings roundup

    US airlines continue to control costs and prudently manage capacity....More
  • Jul 24, 2015
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    US airline profits up; regulators on the witch hunt 8

    Airlines that are well managed and profitable are good for everyone. Good for the carriers and their employees, good for shareholders and also good for consumers. It’s the last part that Washington DC doesn’t get, as illustrated by this summer of regulatory witch huntery with profitable airlines in the crosshairs....More
  • Jul 24, 2015
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    4,000 mph Cruise

    Cruising at 4,000 mph—Artist’s concept shows a passenger airliner of the future capable of flying 5,750 statute miles at hypersonic cruise speeds of about 4,000 mph....More
  • Jul 23, 2015
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    Southwest rethinks old assumptions

    The airline is questioning its old assumptions about fuel hedging and ROIC goals....More
  • Jul 21, 2015
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    A drone is going to bring down an airliner: why are we waiting for that to happen? 26

    Sooner or later – and I personally believe it will be sooner – an airliner full of passengers and crew is going to be brought down after colliding with a drone....More
  • Jul 15, 2015
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    US can’t require airlines to be forthcoming, then penalize transparency

    Delta CEO Richard Anderson: 'We’re required to file huge amounts of data with the government.'...More
  • Jul 15, 2015
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    Spirit Airlines exposes the Bundlers in hilarious video

    I’ve noted US low cost carrier Spirit Airlines’ wonderfully inventive and entertaining promotional videos before in this blog, but their newest video is the best so far. This gem features twin “lawyers” Unbundle & Unbundle....More
  • Jul 15, 2015
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    20:20 hindsight

    Europe’s oldest low-cost carrier, Ryanair, has just celebrated its 30th birthday in strong health and with many bright years ahead, but things could have played out very differently....More
  • Jul 11, 2015
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    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
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    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
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Feb 14, 2016
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Bob Fornaro’s plan for Spirit Airlines

“Some of the criticism we’ve received is warranted ... We can smooth out some rough edges.”...More
Feb 3, 2016
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Is it ‘insane’ for airlines to earn strong profits? 7

American Airlines’ annual net profit is just $45.8 billion behind Apple’s most recent full-year net earnings....More
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