China Ordering and Building Aircraft

It’s population is approaching 1.5 billion people and China’s going to need more aircraft for an emerging middle class. Domestic carriers are firing on all cylinders but still getting squeezed by the need to grow fleets. Chinese passenger travel is forecast to increase five-fold in the next two decades. Shandong Airlines, which operates domestic routes…

The Transparent Airfares Act of 2014

The Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 wants to drop the price of our airline tickets. At least it wants to create that illusion. Maybe cut tickets by about 20%, the share the federal government and airports’ pocket for taxes and fees that pay for services such as airport security, air traffic control and passenger facilities….

Southwest Airlines Practicing Restraint

Under the headline “Southwest Extends Fleet Cap to 2015 to Reach Capital Goal,” Bloomberg News began flipping through the airline’s business and throwing out baseball-like statistics. But before we consider the Bloomberg story, let’s remember that last week Southwest said it gave $228 million – the largest in its history – to an employee profit…

The Delivery of the 8000th Boeing 737

Boeing delivered the 8,000th 737 this week and the manufacturer is brimming with pride. United Airlines, too, are all high-fives. The Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) model of the world’s best selling aircraft came off the production line and United was waiting. No other commercial aircraft has reached that production number. And there are more to…

Allegiant Air’s Niche

I’m low-cost. I’ve got a fleet of old, fuel-guzzling jets flying at low frequencies, often seasonally busy to 13 leisure markets from 86 relatively small cities. In fact, that’s what I do. I take people from small cities on vacation, going from cold climates to warm climates, including Orlando and Honolulu. I’ve nailed that niche…

The Aircraft Interiors Expo

Ah, April. Home shows. Garden shows. And the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo, held this year in Hamburg and dedicated to improvements in passenger comfort and services. Exhibitors are hustling attendees with new seats, lighting and entertainment systems. The commercial aircraft cabin interior market is valued at $13 billion in annual sales this year. But the…

Italian Court Blocks Emirates’ NYC-Milan Route

Arguing the bilateral air-service agreement between Italy and the United Arab Emirates is fractured, an Italian court moved to block Emirates Airline’s route between Milan and New York. It’s unclear when Emirates will have to suspend the JFK-Milan Malpensa route that started last October as an extension of an existing Dubai-Milan route. Pressure for legal…

The Club at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

The Club at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, which opened to big-window views of the tarmac last week at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, is hardly anything to write home about. Not with its ho-hum standard fare of club perks – self-pour drinks, workstations, newspapers, snacks and Wi-Fi. Also somewhere in there is a salesman who never…

Bargain Hunting for Your Very Own Flight Simulator

Come on. There are more than half a million FlyerTalk members. At least one of you must have a flight simulator in your basement. Maybe a 747 amusement ride, a delightful delusion loaded with airport software from here to kingdom come? Simulator hobbyists have been in the news lately. The pilot of that missing Malaysia…

Aeroflot Starts a Budget Airline

Forget Sochi. Forget the Russian Olympics. As a nation, you are not Prime Time unless you have a low-cost airline moving across the country like radar. Nothing says ‘nation building’ like budget flights to the hinterlands. It starts with service from Moscow to St Petersburg. Maybe next month, if the leased Boeing 737-800 arrives in…

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