What a difference 75 years makes in flying

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If you want to have a giggle and reminisce about what it was like to take a flight 75 years ago, check out this article from a 1934 issue of Airline Business sister publication, Flight International.

Pointing to a United Airlines flight he took between New York and Chicago, a Mr Gordon England makes the point that “we in Great Britain have something to learn from the other side of the Atlantic concerning the running of air lines”.

Mr England was particularly impressed by the “hostesses, their very attractive green uniform, and the fact that they were always ready to do everything for the convenience and comfort of passengers”. Read into that what you will.

Cigarettes were also handed out to passengers “free of charge” to smoke during the flight.

Fast forward 75 years and you can read a very different review of the differences between US carriers and their counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic.

In this blog, Brendan Sobie describes United Airlines’ new business class as “still one step behind” its rivals in Europe, the Middle East and England. How times have changed!    

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One Response to What a difference 75 years makes in flying

  1. David Bilcliffe 26 January, 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    At a time when the airline industry is sinking fast under the burden of fuel costs, “green” taxation and a declining / recession heading market, some would say that it is time to stop grumbling about the problems, stop talking and move on, start implementing solutions within a matter of days and weeks.

    The industry has waited years for Government to “do” something; waited years for the Air Traffic Service providers to “design” something. That “do” and “something” must be aimed at reducing congestion, strip out unnecessary operational costs and reduce toxic emissions.

    True, there are exciting route optimizations projects, continuous rate decent trials and other ATC projects… But none of them attempt to solve the core problem created by the rush to take-off and arrive early in the hope to land…

    The industry appears to have overlooked a patented system that could be used by airlines and airports to manage the inbound flow of aircraft to an airfield by ensuring that aircraft are sequenced before departure into an arrival stream.

    Sequencing uses operational data obtained from the airlines and then provides a methodology for sharing this data with the air traffic control (ATC) agency.

    The outcome is a daily arrival schedule providing a predetermined operational arrival time for each aircraft movement. The operational data used by the system relates to airline punctuality, taxi times at departure airfields and actual flight times predicted on a flight-by-flight basis by airline flight planning systems.

    This information is combined to effect a predictive arrival time at a desired navigational fix. When used in conjunction with an optimized sequencing process for the final arrival time, the system then creates a Tactical Arrival Time (TAT) for an individual flight. There are no material changes to the existing ATC procedure or system for flight plans.

    Independent trials and analysis completed over the past five years indicate that for a congested airport, such as LHR, the annual fuel savings would be in the region of USD$18m (Fuel burn based on 4 tonnes/hr @ USD$667.4 per tonne – IATA Spot Price 17/11/08) and achieve CO2 emission reductions of approx 75,330 tonnes per annum… and that’s at just one airport!

    See: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6584400.html

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