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Gee, Wizzair

Not content just to have the silliest corporate name and gaudiest livery in European civil aviation, Hungary’s WizzAir has just introduced a new twice-weekly route from Sibiu, a city in Transylvania, Romania, that neither you nor I have ever visited, or even heard of, to Dortmund in Germany, which isn’t exactly Berlin or Munich in…

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Airbus’s Brave New World of Passenger Discomfort

So very often in the course of being the English-speaking (or at least –reading) world’s most beloved air travel blogger, I am asked if I am more of a Boeing or Airbus fan. Occasionally, someone who pronounces about to rhyme with loot will include Bombardier Aerospace in the inquiry. At such moments, I am reminded…

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Captain Bradner’s Dominos Theory

A few weeks ago, Frontier pilot Gerhard Bradner decided to land his Denver-bound plane in Cheyenne, Wyoming. It is believed, by habitual users of the passive voice and others, that one or more of his gauges suggested that the plane wasn’t up to the task of flying through the frightful storm he’d been led to…

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In Preparation for Boarding, Please Turn On All Electronic Devices

Our safety remains Priority No. 1 for the brave, conscientious guys and gals of the TSA! Now, according to Homeland Security boss Jeh (pronounced jeh) Johnson, the agency has deemed it necessary to “crank…up” security at overseas airports, for reasons not entirely clear. But let’s get something straight, shall we, pal? The TSA doesn’t need…

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Amiri: The Most Luxurious Airline You’ve Never Heard Of

My friend Adam was checking into a Mandarin Oriental hotel and an airline crew caught his eye. It was a large, commercial-sized crew, and he “couldn’t not notice them,” decked out as they were in Cartier watches and other eye-catching gear. As he reports it, the captain—standing beside him at the desk—presented a black AmEx…

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Raspberries for the TSA

The terrorists and jihadists and those who hate us for our freedom think they’re going to blow up another plane in midair so soon (only 13 years!) after the last lot? The TSA and its UK counterpart so don’t think so! And if the ongoing campaign to keep the terrorists and jihadists and those who…

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Mauritius Refleets! Thousands Cheer!

Who among hasn’t, at one time, or another, flown Air Mauritius, the flag carrier of the Republic of Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean south and east of Africa immensely popular with deep-pocketed tourists and persons like myself, whom the world’s airlines are forever flying from one picturesque destination to another in hope…

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Is It Rude to Ignore the Safety Demo?

I really like this question, and I’ve been doubly inspired to address it this week. First I spied this Flyertalk discussion, started by AlwaysFly. He reported visiting client offices in the UK where he had to watch a safety video and answer questions about it before being permitted to enter. “Should this be done on aircraft?” he mused. That’s an interesting…

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Fair’s Fair in Farnborough

In view of the fact that, between them, they’re delivering 100 new passenger planes to the world’s airlines each month, it’s understandable that Boeing and Airbus are both looking pretty smug at the Farnborough Air Show, raging even as you read this in a field in the south of England. Neither, though, is expected to…

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Do the Security Headlines Concern Flight Attendants?

It happens every so often, so we’re all familiar with the drill. New intelligence about possible terrorist plot developments against the airlines comes to light; airline and/or airport security policies are updated to (hopefully) confront the alleged terrorist plans. Some of us will be glad that security is “being tightened”; some of us moan about…