Airlines Report Major Profits in Second Quarter

How do you make money in a business that’s seen so many bankruptcies? How do you survive mega-mergers? How do you generate cash to pay debt, buy planes and reward shareholders and employees? The facts are in and that’s what’s happening. All three of the nation’s major legacy carriers – American Airlines, United Airlines and…

WestJet Adds New Destinations and Seasonal Routes

WestJet says its strategic plan is to liberate Canadians in smaller communities from the high cost of air travel. They say it’s been doing that fortune-cookie maxim for 18 years. Mostly in western Canada, in the beginning, which is why they’re called WestJet. David Neeleman was one of the founders of WestJet in 1996, probably…

Is a Nerve Agent the Best Way to Rid Airports of Birds?

Those tarmacs spooling off into the horizon are like a tranquil river whose course is predetermined. Unless there are birds, which is unsettling if you dwell on them too deeply. It’s a big enough issue that the FAA is evaluating portable radar systems for tracking birds. United Airlines took a hit last week when news…

Boeing Adds Seats to 737 Max 8

There was a time when hell was a stylish shoe. Now it’s the new variant of the 737 Max 8. Boeing says they’re adding 11 knee-scrapping seats, shoehorning us to a place where physical experience is the only reality. I find the skinny woman in the crowd and invite her to sit down. That’s what…

How’s the Dreamliner Doing?

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has been around for three years. It was supposed to be the next-generation aircraft for next-generation passengers. Its appeal lies in fuel-sipping economics. Punching below its weight and making new routes profitable. Avoiding hubs. Flying non-stop at near capacity to new markets. How’s the Dreamliner doing? The Centre for Aviation asked the question….

It’s Airshow Season

You better believe it’s airshow season. The show calendar is swelling like a zucchini in August. Next week in England, the Farnborough International Airshow takes off. It happens every two years, alternating with the Paris Air Show. This Hampshire happening is one of the doyennes of airshows. Beginning July 14, Farnborough showcases the latest from the aerospace industry,…

Air New Zealand Takes Delivery of First Boeing 787-9

The fuselage is painted dress-shoe black with a white fern along its sides and the words Air New Zealand in white lettering. On the tail is the airline’s insignia koru, also in white. It’s the first of ten 787-9 Dreamliners joining Air New Zealand’s fleet. This stretched version of the Boeing 787-8 arrived about four…

Lufthansa and Air China Announce Joint Venture

Chancellor Angela Merkel and a delegation of German businesspeople are visiting China this week. Among other items on her agenda, the good woman pitched for Lufthansa, signing a memorandum of understanding to expand the commercial relationship between Lufthansa and Air China. The German leader met with the heads of Lufthansa and Air China while announcing…

Airbus’ New Engine Option

Airbus just rolled out its efficient A320neo (New Engine Option) and is getting ready for its maiden voyage. Powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, the developmental fleet of A320neo’s consists of two aircraft that will be put through extensive flight tests. The single-aisle A320neo is scheduled to enter service in late 2015, according to an Airbus…

Heightened Security on U.S. Bound Flights

Landing at Charles de Gaulle Airport a day before the Fourth of July and I’m thinking about rodeo. Back home, in the small mountain town where I live, it’s what we do on Independence Day. It begins with a pretty girl on a broad white stallion barreling around the infield while waving Old Glory into…

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