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Feb 14, 2019

Adieu, A380

The Airbus A380 was an airliner that fell behind the times, both in the market it was designed to serve and in the technologies that set it apart....More
Jan 18, 2019

The consequences for aviation of government failure

The government debacles that are played out on both sides of the Atlantic appear, on the surface, to be about different issues....More
Jan 09, 2019

All in a non-paid TSA agent’s day’s work

An op-ed in the Washington Post today makes interesting reading. It’s by a TSA officer affected by the US government shutdown. TSA agents are among....More
Jan 03, 2019

Herb Kelleher’s magic

The magic of Herb Kelleher, who died Jan. 3 aged 87, was that there was no magic. It’s simply the story of an extraordinarily smart lawyer spotting a....More
Nov 15, 2018

Brexit teeters on chaos and still no air transport plan

No deal, botched deal, backstop. Brexit, a word not coined just a few short years ago, has become a common noun with its own set of adjectives and....More
Nov 09, 2018

Disturbing Vegas controller recording

I’m posting this blog with a link to what is believed to be a recording of the conversations between a Las Vegas tower controller and a number of....More
Oct 24, 2018

BA works out the meaning of customer service

British Airways has announced a company-wide initiative to train and empower its staff to be more service orientated....More
Oct 19, 2018

How US aviation legislation could hurt, not help airline passengers

US legislators seem intent of late on meddling in how airlines are run. Not how airlines operate safely, but how they deliver their basic product....More
Aug 27, 2018

Senator John McCain

Heroes are born, idols are made, they say. Senator John McCain had no time for idolism, but he was a hero in the truest sense because of his actions....More
Aug 21, 2018

Why US Senate should not add flag of convenience amendment to FAA bill

The US lawmaking system depends on the to-and-fro of amendment additions. But Section 530, a provision hitched to the FAA Reauthorization Bill,....More
Aug 11, 2018

Extraordinary professionalism of Seattle air traffic controllers

There are lots of questions to be answered about Friday night’s bizarre incident in Seattle when a Horizon Air employee stole and crashed a Q400, but....More
Aug 01, 2018

Is Lego a clever or grating idea for an inflight safety video?

Turkish Airlines has released its new safety video and it’s been done in collaboration with Lego. It’s certainly cute, but does it do the job?....More
Jul 19, 2018

Airline seat size, ancillaries and washing machines

A US House bill has tagged a worrisome provision to the FAA reauthorization bill that would essentially regulate the size and spacing of seats on US....More
Jun 20, 2018

Child border policy brings US airlines into political fray

The scandal over children being separated from their parents by US border officials at the US-Mexico border has drawn some of America’s largest....More
Jun 11, 2018

IATA’s other imbalance is the lack of LCCs

IATA’s board chairman, Akbar al Baker, created a lot of controversy last week when he ended the IATA AGM in Sydney by telling reporters that “only a....More
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