Social Seating for Like-Minded Passengers

No more boring flights. That’s what they say, now that you can select a seatmate who thinks like you do, or at least wants to listen. South African Airways is onboard. It makes flying seem like a grand social adventure. The airline launched an online and mobile check-in feature so you can select a seatmate…

The Case for Air Marshals

Oh boy. Last week, a London-bound US Airways flight flipped a U-turn an hour into the flight, returning to Philadelphia after some creep grouped three women and had to be restrained by an air marshal, according to an FBI affidavit. It began when vodka-drinking Californian John Coppack, 40 (the age of longing), used his middle…

Beijing Plans to Open a New Airport in 2018

Beijing Capital Airport, the second-busiest airport in the world after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, is getting a sister airport. It will have four runways and handle nearly as many passengers as the existing airport, which is congested both on the ground and in the air. Officials are projecting a 2018 opening. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (who…

Southwest’s Annual Stockholder Meeting

Southwest Airlines held their annual stockholder meeting in Dallas this week, a love fest of accomplishments and potential. More than 100 people attended, others watched a live webcast. Hours after the meeting, Southwest’s stock hit a 52-week high, up about 80 percent over the year. If you want details of the meeting, here’s a transcript….

AirAsia Will Verify Passports with Interpol

Remember the ballyhoo when we found out Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 didn’t run passengers’ passports through Interpol’s database of 42 million lost or stolen documents? Why not, we wondered? The fix is as simple as spellcheck. Recent congressional testimony revealed the United States, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates are the only countries that regularly…

Inmarsat Offers Global Airline Tracking

With all the star power of a digital startup (which it is not), Inmarsat, a world leader in global aviation tracking, say they’ll provide all the world’s 11,000 long-haul commercial aircraft free en route tracking. Almost all commercial planes are already equipped with an Inmarsat satellite connection. The company made the announcement at a meeting…

Airports Spending Billions to Upgrade

It begins and ends at airports. Arrival and departure serves as a prism on the city. You connect through, say, Charlotte, N.C., and relax on one of those fine rocking chairs with postcard views and fall a little in love with Charlotte. Or maybe you land at a spirit-shattering New York City airport. This year,…

Emirates Nets $1.1 Billion

What do low fuel costs, a couple dozen new airplanes and a well-located long-haul hub get you? Come on, deep down, even die-hard Gulf airline skeptics knew it would come out this way. Last week, the Middle East’s biggest airline, Dubai-based Emirates, said those key factors led to an annual profit of $1.1 billion. All…

Southwest Wants All of Love Field

Who couldn’t heart Love Field just north of downtown Dallas? Cuddling up to easy-access freeways with its no-hassle chic. Compare it to beefed-up Dallas-Fort Worth International, kicking and snorting like a bronco of the West. And wouldn’t Virgin America love to be a cowboy in a place where cowboy is a verb. They’d rodeo and…

Regulating Black Boxes to Sing

What do you think about how the Department of Transportation’s FAA is letting European aviation safety regulators do most of the barking about the need for data-streaming flight recorders on commercial airliners. You’d think it would be all the talk after two months of searching for a lost 777-200ER. We can do better. What’s up…

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