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Planes, Politics & Protectionism

Oct 18, 2017
It’s ironic that the US is seeing a surge in activity that smacks of protectionism under a Republican president; one who campaigned on his...

Monarch’s fragile wings

Oct 02, 2017
The collapse of UK leisure carrier Monarch Airlines is bad for those travelers whose vacations are upended; worse for the almost 2,000 people who...

Airline & aviation workers’ heroic acts in disaster-hit regions

Sep 20, 2017
Harvey, Katia, Irma, Jose, Maria: a terrible family of destruction. And the brutal 2017 Atlantic hurricane season still has weeks to run and could...

O’Leary’s Mea Culpa

Sep 19, 2017
Who thought we’d ever see the day that Michael O’Leary said sorry?...

Airport drinking; when to call time?

Aug 15, 2017
Is limiting the number of alcoholic drinks each passenger can consume at an airport a good idea?...

Sully video blog – reader comments & a follow up

Aug 11, 2017
Not surprisingly, my latest blog on “Sully” Sullenberger’s AAAA videos campaigning against US ATM reform ignited a strong response from readers....

Sully’s misleading statements on US ATC reform

Aug 10, 2017
Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who landed a US Airways A320 on the Hudson River in New York, is campaigning against moves to reform and...

New US security rules are a win for common sense

Jul 24, 2017
The US government’s new security rules for all international flights bound for the US came into effect last week. I experienced them first hand at...

The UK’s laptop security predicament

Jul 06, 2017
Gradually, business returns closer to normal for those airlines and airports that were affected by the US government’s poorly conceived laptop ban in...

The subsidy irony of Anderson’s new gig

Jun 27, 2017
Amtrak’s pick of former Delta Air Lines chairman and CEO Richard Anderson to be its president and CEO provides exactly the sort of tough leadership...

Qatar Airways’ American bid could be political

Jun 23, 2017
Qatar Airways’ unsolicited bid to acquire a large stake in American Airlines is indeed “puzzling”, as American CEO Doug Parker put it in a letter to...

Qatar's unsolicited, unexpected and unwelcome bid for American

Jun 22, 2017
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....

Cuba: You need passengers, not just planes!

Jun 16, 2017
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...

Munoz moves United on from scandal, but will customer service follow?

Jun 16, 2017
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz’s speech in New York this week seemed deliberately aimed at putting the dragged passenger scandal behind him and...

Editor’s Blog: Walsh’s meltdown over the BA meltdown

Jun 06, 2017
A clearly irritated Willie Walsh was ready to chastise the press. “It wasn’t a computer meltdown,” he said as soon as he was asked about the British...
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