United Boeing 737-900ER

The Delivery of the 8000th Boeing 737

Boeing delivered the 8,000th 737 this week and the manufacturer is brimming with pride. United Airlines, too, are all high-fives. The Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) model of the world’s best selling aircraft came off the production line and United was waiting. No other commercial aircraft has reached that production number. And there are more to…

Allegian Air

Allegiant Air’s Niche

I’m low-cost. I’ve got a fleet of old, fuel-guzzling jets flying at low frequencies, often seasonally busy to 13 leisure markets from 86 relatively small cities. In fact, that’s what I do. I take people from small cities on vacation, going from cold climates to warm climates, including Orlando and Honolulu. I’ve nailed that niche…

in-flight-electronics

The Aircraft Interiors Expo

Ah, April. Home shows. Garden shows. And the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo, held this year in Hamburg and dedicated to improvements in passenger comfort and services. Exhibitors are hustling attendees with new seats, lighting and entertainment systems. The commercial aircraft cabin interior market is valued at $13 billion in annual sales this year. But the…

Emirate Airlines

Italian Court Blocks Emirates’ NYC-Milan Route

Arguing the bilateral air-service agreement between Italy and the United Arab Emirates is fractured, an Italian court moved to block Emirates Airline’s route between Milan and New York. It’s unclear when Emirates will have to suspend the JFK-Milan Malpensa route that started last October as an extension of an existing Dubai-Milan route. Pressure for legal…

The Club at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

The Club at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

The Club at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, which opened to big-window views of the tarmac last week at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, is hardly anything to write home about. Not with its ho-hum standard fare of club perks – self-pour drinks, workstations, newspapers, snacks and Wi-Fi. Also somewhere in there is a salesman who never…

Flight simulator

Bargain Hunting for Your Very Own Flight Simulator

Come on. There are more than half a million FlyerTalk members. At least one of you must have a flight simulator in your basement. Maybe a 747 amusement ride, a delightful delusion loaded with airport software from here to kingdom come? Simulator hobbyists have been in the news lately. The pilot of that missing Malaysia…

Aeroflot

Aeroflot Starts a Budget Airline

Forget Sochi. Forget the Russian Olympics. As a nation, you are not Prime Time unless you have a low-cost airline moving across the country like radar. Nothing says ‘nation building’ like budget flights to the hinterlands. It starts with service from Moscow to St Petersburg. Maybe next month, if the leased Boeing 737-800 arrives in…

Virgin America

Airline Quality Rating 2014

For the second year in a row, Airline Quality Rating has put Virgin America at the top of their heap, with JetBlue Airways coming second. Overall, the researchers gave the airline industry its best score since they began the study in 1991. “The Airline Quality Rating industry score for 2013 shows an industry that improved…

Spring Airlines Japan Tokyo

Japan’s Spring Airlines

In June, a new budget airline, Spring Airlines Japan, begins flying out of Tokyo Narita serving three domestic destinations and eventually China. Spring Airlines already serves Japan from China. Spring Japan is a joint venture with China’s Spring Airlines, China’s largest and oldest low-cost carrier. Theirs is an Asia-wide strategy similar to AirAsia and Jetstar,…

Virgin Atlantic 2

Virgin’s Branson and Delta’s Anderson

Suddenly there’s Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic and Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Airlines, which owns 49 percent of Virgin, having a love fest over the car radio. A bromance on National Public Radio. With exquisite courtesy, they call each other Dull Richard. Dashing Richard. Big brother. Richard Anderson, who doesn’t often order new…

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