Delta’s New Flight Museum

Did you hear the one about an engineer, a lawyer and a PR pro debating the parting of the Red Sea? The engineer says it’s doable, the lawyer says she can stonewall any lawsuits and the PR flack promises two pages in the Old Testament. I joke to disguise my pain because the PR department…

Aeroflot Subsidiary Launches Low-Cost Service to Crimea

Sorry Ukraine. But you’re not getting Crimea back. It’s now official. Russia’s state-owned Aeroflot has launched its dressed-down low-cost carrier – Dobrolyot – into your stolen territory. Nothing says “it’s mine” like a flag-carrying budget carrier. Cheap mother’s milk flights right into your capital city of Simferopol and its international airport, which Russian troops highjacked on…

Milling Over Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Nobel Prize laureate William Faulkner said the past is never over, it’s not even past. And so it goes with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. There is no sign of the aircraft, yet the emotional and financial pieces of the wreckage are piling up. When and if searchers find the Boeing 777 that’s been missing since March…

Brazil’s World Cup Air Traffic

May as well stick with a Brazil theme since the eyes of the world are on the magic juggling of a ball betwixt feet down there. Wouldn’t you like to have a piece of the country’s airline action as all those rapid fans at the FIFA World Cup celebrate the sport? Maybe not. For domestic…

Week in Review: Guns at Airports and Airlines Competing for Your Business

Summer heat is on the rise. Not temperature, guns, often loaded and trying to sneak past the TSA at U.S. airports. Year-to-date, the agency has snagged 892 guns in carry-on bags at security checkpoints, up nearly 20 percent from last year. Last week screeners found a record one-day high of 18 guns. But they wrongly…

Free Stopovers on One-Way Tickets

Here’s the plot: Fly to Amsterdam, ride a bicycle south and then fly back to Canada from somewhere in Spain or Portugal. For characters, there is only my sister. Now the plot twist: Any day now she might go online and lasso cheap one-way flights. You cannot be serious, I thought. But absolutely she was,…

Vancouver Airport Trumps U.S. Congress

In all the years that I lived in Vancouver the rest of Canada called it La-La Land. Come winter, they skated on thick ice while we windsurfed off Jericho Beach in thin windbreakers. The lower British Columbia coast is Canada’s California, where only the dreamers live. That’s what they said. So it comes with plenty…

Pillow Fight with Delta, Anyone?

Year-to-date, Delta Air Lines stock is up more than 54 percent. And it’s only June. This weekend, the carrier began to share the wealth with those who created it for them. You’re going to get a free pillow, blanket and “snack wraps” on some transcontinental U.S. flights. Imagine! Just like the old days. Is Delta…

Heathrow’s Terminal 2 Opens

Heathrow’s airy new Terminal 2 – the Queen’s Terminal – opened Wednesday for United Airlines. Yep, United had 17 departures and arrivals on Day One at T2. No other airlines were invited to the party. The first aircraft, a Boeing 767 red-eye from Chicago landed just before 6 a.m. and 178 passengers were greeted by airport staff in Beefeater…

People Express Airlines Makes a Comeback

We’ve seen People Express Airlines before. Maybe in college you had a passport, a backpack and a yearning to see Europe. But you also had a Hammerhill box of student loan records piled high like a month’s dirty laundry. It didn’t matter. In 1983, People Express offered a $149 one-way fare from Newark to London….

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