People Express Airlines Makes a Comeback

We’ve seen People Express Airlines before. Maybe in college you had a passport, a backpack and a yearning to see Europe. But you also had a Hammerhill box of student loan records piled high like a month’s dirty laundry. It didn’t matter. In 1983, People Express offered a $149 one-way fare from Newark to London….

World Air Transport Summit

The 70th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit is wrapping up in Doha. Qatar Airways is hosting the meetings while showcasing a sprawling new $15-billion Doha airport. But there’s an elephant in the meeting rooms of the world’s biggest airline trade group. How can a Malaysia Airlines flight…

JetBlue Codeshares

Codeshares are one of the genuine opportunities for airlines to expand routes on the cheap. It allows partner carriers to sell connecting seats on international itineraries like they were one big airline. JetBlue, for example, already has four, maybe five, codeshare agreements. Now it’s seeking approval to partner with Singapore Airlines, wanting even more one-stop…

Dreamliner Approved for Longer Flights

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is beginning to like the 787 Dreamliner. Boeing hopes it’s a new beginning to a beautiful relationship. It was a rough start. Grounded for almost four months shortly after it launched. And there were other restrictions on the dreams of the Dreamliner, including a holding pattern on the edge of…

Airports Reducing Wait Times for International Travelers

President Barack Obama was pitching U.S. travel last week – Brand USA – while visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. He wants more international visitors boosting the economy. And he wants to make it easy by simplifying the entry process and reducing the wait times for international travelers arriving in the United…

Stats on Chinese Aircraft

Through its triumphs and disasters, its communist marriage and assorted tattoos, China kept on flying. With yahooing enthusiasm and insatiable drive it will, one day, overtake the U.S. as world leader in the number of commercial aircraft. Those Chinese-based airlines are swelling like zucchini in August. For now, they’ve got 2,216 aircraft in service, with…

Birdmen: The Battle to Control the Skies

They were dreamers, inventors and more than anything else, risk takers during dangerous days. It was an intoxicating mix. They got knocked down more, but also got up more. Most were brave beyond imagination, playing for more than they could afford to lose. Some didn’t have a clue. Sadly, revenge played a hand. It was…

Air Canada’s Dream

Air Canada has a match for its long-haul dreams. They ordered 37 jets and just got the first one. Between now and September, they hope to have 15 in the sky. “Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner allows us to have the economics that we need to really move into new markets and give a lot of new…

My Thoughts on American Airlines’ Scott Kirby

As far as quarterback’s go, he’s my man. I’ve told you before, when it comes to running an airline, I’m down with Scott Kirby, president of American Airlines Group. He loves to gamble on fourth down, he can take a hit, and the game is never over when he’s still on the tarmac. If you’re…

Busy Summer Skies Ahead

Let’s just say it won’t be pretty. Airlines for America, the trade group representing most U.S. carriers, predict 210 million passengers will pass TSA checkpoints this summer, the highest number in six years. Imagine the grinding spectacle. As Stephen Colbert quipped, the TSA is at the “frontline of creating lines.” About 30 million passengers will…

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