Never Bet Against Boeing

Shares of Boeing’s stock have gained more than 50 percent this year. Dreamliner glitches apparently mean nothing. Mere “teething problems,” we keep hearing from airlines flying the 787. I wonder if those passengers on a Norwegian Air Service 787, which were told to leave the aircraft because a hydraulic pump problem limited the weight the…

Korean Air Launches A380 out of Atlanta

And they’re off. The world’s biggest commercial passenger plane now flies to the world’s busiest airport. A Korean Air Airbus A380 jets between Seoul and Atlanta three times a week, although they’ll discontinue A380 service later this month and continue with daily A380 flights on Oct. 27. The postmodern Airbus (a good describer for what…

A Weekend in Quebec City

Want to travel to Old World France for a domestic flight’s worth of frequent flyer miles? Jet to Quebec City. Here, along a sweep of the St. Lawrence River, you’ll find the only walled city north of Mexico. You’ll also find cafés and inns renowned for their local cuisine as well as friendly French-Canadians amid…

More Delays for Bombardier C-Series

Ouch! Landed- in Quebec City late last night on an Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet, a Delta Connection operated by Chautauqua Airlines. Quebec City! Bombardier’s backyard! Oh Canada! What’s going on with your new C Series aircraft? Bombardier, you’ve been delaying the testing of that new C Series for more than nine months. The conception…

Remembering 9/11

I’m flying this 9/11 – Salt Lake into New York and connecting to Quebec City, that extraordinary Old World fortress tagged as a UNESCO Heritage Site. It’s going to be weird coming into JFK on that lamentable anniversary. I travel between Canada and the U.S. holding valid passports for both countries. I like Canadian healthcare…

No More Lap Children on Planes?

You put your child in the rear seat car seat, right? It’s the safe thing to do. It’s the law in most places. On an airplane you put that child on your lap, right? And hold on tight. But there’s no safety in that, says a former flight attendant who’s being trying to change the…

Asia’s Battle Royale: Singapore Airlines vs. Cathay Pacific

The Centre for Aviation (CAPA), an independent market intelligence service, has just published an analysis comparing the futures of Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Cathay Pacific Airlines. They conclude, “Singapore Airlines is falling behind Cathay Pacific as Asia’s network airline giants diverge.”

The TSA Continues to Expand Pre✓

Us non-threatening folks are slippery, but security threats are something to hold on to. Yesterday, the increasing risk-based TSA announced they are expanding their yawning and paper shuffling (sorry, no pictures of food to attach) for expedited screening programs at 60 new airports. Are they getting tired of the proctologist’s view of security?

At Delta, It’s Out with the Old, In with the Old

Planes change, but not people. Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson likes the tried and true. New aircraft models are not often in his wheelhouse. He’s delayed delivery of the Dreamliner until 2020. And yesterday, the old-school CEO bought 40 new Airbus jets that have a giant-tree quality about them. He ordered 30 Airbus A321-ceos and 10 A330-300s.

Emirates Aims for the 20-Hour Flight

Years ago, a newspaper sent me on what was then the longest non-stop commercial flight – the inaugural Qantas Airways B747 from San Francisco to Cairns, Australia (7,000 miles; 14 ½ hours). Back then, the far north of Queensland was right out of an Isabelle Allende novel, where the most popular establishments sold alcohol on credit, extracted molars and had big-screen TVs. Not unlike the flight.

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