Seattle: Hometown Heroes vs. Airbus and Boeing

I ask you. Who are you betting on for the big game? My heart is with Seattle (grew up nearby in Vancouver, B.C.). But there are a lot of challengers out there. Even offshore. No, I’m not talking football. You all know I follow the Airbus-Boeing rivalry like it’s the Super Bowl. Here are the…

Celebrating Aviation History Month

Apparently we’ve been taking aviation for granted and we need a month dedicated to its history. They say it’s “an indispensable part of modern transportation” but “attracts less popular attention today” than at any time during the last 100-and-more years. Enter The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, whose offices sit in the foreground…

Top 10 Things To Do in Maui

Maui means surfers riding mammoth waves, bays crowded with sailboats and waterfalls alongside the ragged, verdant Hana Highway. But the Upcountry, which sweeps across the island’s interior and climbs the volcanic foothills of Haleakala, is another Hawaii. Here are ten activities not to miss in Maui. 1. Lahaina is old. Before the earliest of early…

Hawaii Revisited

I sit on a bamboo chair in an oceanfront lanai at 5:15 a.m., first morning back on Maui, the day after the first snowfall on the ski mountain behind my house in Park City, Utah. Last night, coming through the darkness into Kahului (OGG), the second-busiest airport in Hawaii, seems a world away. Exactly five…

Dubai’s New Al Maktoum International Airport

Never mind that Dubai International Airport, with its 57 million annual passengers, is nowhere near capacity. That won’t happen until 90 million passengers land in 2020. But good ideas apparently come in twos. Last Sunday, the first commercial flight, a Hungarian low-cost Wizz Air, landed at Dubai’s new Al Maktoum International Airport. The airport code,…

TSA Digs Deeper Into Our Data

I ask you. Is everyone spying on everyone? The White House and the German Chancellor? One of the more interesting revelations on Big Data is that the TSA screens us long before we reach our destination. Deep screens us. They’ve got a pretty good “stash” on us, claimed The New York Times on page 8…

China Orders 200 Boeing 737 MAX

Everyone listening to the doomsayers of the American economy know all about the money we borrow from China. On Friday, Chicago-based Boeing played gotcha by announcing Chinese airlines and leasing firms have committed to buying 200 new 737 MAX aircraft. The deals are worth somewhere in excess of $20 billion at list prices. China is…

Blue Skies in Air Travel Consumer Report

According to the Transportation Department’s Air Travel Consumer Report released this week, it was mostly blue skies for the airlines during the month of August (the agency’s most recent data). The on-time arrival rate was 78.8%, up 4.1% from July. But four dogs suffered injuries (two died) in their cages in cargo. Those changes in…

The Tarmac’s Airbus Index

The Tarmac’s Index provides just the facts on a variety of subjects. This edition covers all things Airbus. The idea behind Airbus: A European aerospace company shared by Germany, France, Spain and the United Kingdom. Airbus Headquarters: Toulouse, France. Boeing Headquarters: Chicago Number of Airbus aircraft sold as of Sept.: 13,374 Boeing percentage of the world fleet of commercial…

From Airport to City

Veteran travel writer Margaret Loftus wrote about airport tips and strategies in this month’s National Geographic Traveler. She considered many of the world’s major hubs, covering what’s new and trendy if you pass the time eating and shopping in terminals. What I found interesting were the details on getting to town from the tarmac. Here’s…

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