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Airline product deja vu

Mar 15, 2017
Back in the day, airlines offered virtually no product on their short hops. Then competition kicked in, so they upped their game to include catering...

Is European aviation broken?

Mar 01, 2017
When parking costs more than your flight, it’s clear something is fundamentally wrong with the European airline business model....

Board games

Jan 19, 2017
Could organizing passengers on a mat – yes, an actual physical mat - help speed up aircraft boarding and cut turnaround times?...

Don’t hold your breath…

Nov 29, 2016
Lufthansa pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has said that their current strike is “a question of who can hold their breath the longest and our...

Enough is enough

Nov 17, 2016
At the end of 2014, Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo told his staff they had done enough towards the airline’s turnaround. Is this a lesson other European...

Does Air France’s strategy go far enough?

Nov 04, 2016
Air France-KLM has released its new strategy, the latest in a three-part series, but will this episode deliver the results that are needed?...

Emotional baggage

Nov 01, 2016
What will it take to make people leave their hand luggage behind in an evacuation situation, where delays cost lives?...

Will there be cake?

Oct 24, 2016
Every time the London Heathrow runway decision is deferred, Amsterdam Schiphol sends a cake. The question is will there be cake on Oct. 25?...

Europe’s biggest airline?

Oct 19, 2016
I recently learned a fact that surprised me, that Europe’s regionals – when combined together – make up the largest airline in Europe by number of...

Too much inventory, not enough space

Oct 05, 2016
This was a press release headline I saw today. It wasn’t about aviation, but it sums up the current situation in Europe pretty well....

Economies of perception ​

Sep 19, 2016
People often talk about economies of scale increasing revenues and spreading costs, but size has another benefit: customer recognition....

Forward From 15: The effects of 9/11 on Europe

Sep 09, 2016
On Sept. 11, 2001, the unthinkable happened. And while Europe was an ocean away on that tragic day, the ripples are still being felt today....

When is flying an aircraft like e-mailing?

Aug 26, 2016
When the aircraft is on autopilot, apparently....

Punishment and reward

Aug 17, 2016
Airlines often feel like a weak player in the value chain, but Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has demonstrated that bold moves do have impact....

Political hurdles

Jul 22, 2016
Norwegian must be cursing the Brexit vote, having just opened its new UK headquarters close to London Gatwick Airport....
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