Korean Air Introducing Its Ninth Airbus A380

Korean Air now has nine of what some airlines don’t seem to want. That would be the elephantine, double-decker Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial aircraft. As of June 1 there were 324 firm orders for the A380; 132 have been delivered. On its website Airbus list 10 carriers currently flying A380s. A few weeks ago, Delta…

British Airways Knows if You’re Happy

I must admit I did not see this one coming. Did you know British Airways has a new bright idea? They’re calling it a “happiness blanket.” Previously unknown etiology. I was hoping it was something that made us happy.But au contraire. The stiff-upper-lip Brits plan to measure our “well being” while we fly with a mood-sensing color-changing…

Southwest Stretches to the Caribbean

I might as well begin with today’s Southwest Flight 1804 that departed Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) for Aruba, the first of six new international routes for the Dallas-based carrier. A few minutes later, another Southwest flight took off for Montego Bay, Jamaica. Over the years, Southwest Airlines, the largest domestic carrier in the U.S., has…

Air India Joins Star Alliance

The old games don’t change. Air India has festooned itself with the global network Star Alliance, a door they’ve been knocking on for quite a while now. All travelers, even airlines, need a compliant GI system. Air India is going from lost on the tarmac to an alliance that includes major carriers like United, Singapore…

Ireland: Global Leader in Leasing Aircraft

It’s not the luck of the Irish that makes Ireland the godfather of global commercial aviation leasing and finance. No. It was Tony Ryan, the Irish gentleman who put the Ryan in Ryanair. According to the Irish Independent, there are 20,000 commercial jets in the air at any moment and 8,000 of them are leased. Half of…

It’s Germ Warfare Up There

There are things about airplanes only cleaning crews know. That’s the good part. There also are potent cocktails of germs that nobody can see. So much teaming bacteria that they ought to have their own ZIP code. We’ve all seen diapers changed over seatback tray tables and on empty seats. And then there’s that entire…

No-Fly List Ruled Unconstitutional

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are three inalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence. Now add international travel to the list. A federal judge in Oregon has declared the no-fly list, which is kept secret and gathered from classified information, violates Americans’ constitutional rights. Nor is there a process to give Americans on the…

Why Was Asiana Flight 214 Too Low and Too Slow?

The only positive that can come from the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco last summer happened yesterday. The National Transportation Safety Board released its report on what caused the accident and, more importantly, made recommendations to avoid another. Within hours of the crash we all knew the Boeing 777-200ER was flying…

Dallas/Fort Worth Expanding International Routes

Dallas/Fort Worth, the eight-busiest airport in the world, might be on some performance-enhancing juice. Succumbing to exuberance its been mushrooming Asian-bound flights. This month it added service to Hong Kong and Shanghai. It also recently added flights to Seoul and Tokyo. Next up is Beijing. And American Airlines will likely get that DFW-Beijing route. American…

Airlines Collecting Weather Data

Saturday’s solstice was summer’s debut. It’s the sweltering season of wet-mitten humidity. How’s that antiperspirant working? Wouldn’t you like just five minutes shivering your timbers in one of last winter’s flight-delaying storms? Remember the seemingly endless cancellations? Winter hadn’t even officially begun when American Airlines cancelled 950 flights out of Dallas over Thanksgiving weekend. And what…

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