Putting Flight MH370 to Rest

After 16 days of searching, the Malaysian government said Flight MH370 crashed into the far reaches of the Indian Ocean, probably near the end of its fuel range. The Malaysian defense minister and acting transport minister said that the plane appeared to have sent a “last, partial satellite signal eight minutes after an electronic handshake…

Asiana Airlines Going Long-Haul

The largest carrier across the North Pacific is Korean Airlines. Asiana Airlines, South Korea’s second-largest carrier, wants a bigger slice of that North American pie. Especially now that Asiana chases so many low-cost airlines around Asia. Starting in July, Asiana will fly A380s, the world’s largest commercial aircraft, from Seoul Incheon to the revamped Ben…

Good Times for Central American Airlines

These are halcyon times for carriers south of the border, carriers who’ve acquired the skill and logged the time. Three airlines from Central America – Panama’s Copa Airlines, Aeromexico and Volaris, the low-cost carrier of an expanding middle-class – had double-digit gains in passenger numbers on U.S. flights last year. Their numbers are filtered in…

The Rise of Gulf Carriers

Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX gets a makeover and March 31 Saudi Arabian Airline starts flying 777-300ERs from Riyadh with a stop in Jeddah on the return. You’re no place as an airport if the Gulf network airlines don’t reach you. Move over “legacy” carriers. In the fall line between calculation and service are…

Airport Investing in Terminal Upgrades

You could argue that the defining factor in a better travel experience is the terminal. Airlines and cities are betting on it, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on fixer-up terminals, adding free Wi-Fi, workstations, fine-wine dining and eye-popping architecture back dropping brand-name shopping. According to USA Today, some of the positive changes being implemented…

Airline Joint Ventures and Subsidiaries Dominating the Skies

Asian-based airlines are using lateral thinking to outfly the tyranny of long-established bilateral agreements that limit international routes and prohibit them from operating foreign domestic flights. They’re doing it with joint ventures and new low-cost carriers. At least that’s what the deep thinkers at the Centre for Aviation say. For an example they point to…

The Black Box Conundrum

Investigators at the crash site are looking for the “black box.” How many times have we heard that after an airline disaster? Now, as speculation on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues, many aviation experts are asking why a Boeing 777 can’t speak for itself. Why does all the data contained in the…

Malaysian Airlines Flight Remains a Mystery

At this time, Monday morning in America, officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777-200 with 239 people on board know very little. However, the most likely speculation is that it may have disintegrated in mid-air at high altitude. The Washington Post calls it “one of the most perplexing aviation disasters in history.”…

Passenger Counts on the Rise

Home prices. Jobs. Fine-wine sales. All the indicators seem to suggest the economy is on the rise. How about this canary in the coalmine of economic indicators? U.S. airlines anticipate carrying more passengers – about 130 million – this March and April. That’s the highest number since 2008, when U.S. carriers hauled 133.7 million travellers…

The End of Bereavement Fares

There you are, surrounded by family, gathered on short notice. Airlines once offered deeply discounted bereavement fare to help make that happen. It was a nice thing to do, a bit of magic from the corporate world. Bereavement fares are rare today. On Feb. 18, American Airlines/US Airways joined other carriers in ending fares that…

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