Archive | December, 2007

Open channels: Will 2008 be the year for in-flight mobile phones and broadband?

This gal seems to think so. Check out my connectivity feature now running in Airline Business magazine. The gist is that 2008 looks to be the year when airlines finally begin to roll out in-flight mobile phone, blackberry, SMS and high speed Internet services. It might remind us why Connexion was oh so cool after […]

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Runway Girl and IAG’s Addison Schonland Talk Connectivity

It probably doesn’t come as a big surprise that I’m champing at the bit to use my laptop in-flight.Today I recorded a podcast about in-flight connectivity with IAG’s Addison Schonland (seen to the right) and, well, could barely contain my enthusiasm for the subject. Check it out at: where do you stand on in-flight communications? […]

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US Airways Admits “Britney Spears-Like” Spiral, But Manages To Cut More Than Hair

When US Airways began trading as “LCC” following its September 2005 exit from bankruptcy and merger with America West Airlines, the carrier wanted all and sundry to believe it deserved the distinction of being called a low-cost carrier.Fast-forward to December 2007, and it’s clear that the carrier has a long way to go before its […]

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Southwest Airlines Rejects Arinc/Rockwell Collins’ Bid for In-flight Broadband

A little bit of sccop in the world of in-flight connectivity, for your pleasure…It seems that the teaming of Arinc and Rockwell Collins has lost a bid to provide Ku band-based broadband connectivity to Southwest Airlines’ fleet of Boeing 737s.Rockwell has confirmed its joint proposal with Arinc was not accepted by the low-cost carrier. The […]

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Overstepping to Germany: JetBlue CEO No-Show at Aer Lingus Event

Don’t get me wrong. I like the public relations staff at JetBlue. They usually respond fairly quickly to press requests and are all generally very pleasant. Those niceties out of the way, I have to report that confusion reigned at the carrier this morning. None of JetBlue’s spokespeople, it seems, knew anything about a planned […]

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JetBlue and Lufthansa – Nice to See Ya Together

Star member Lufthansa is taking a 19% stake in JetBlue. Initial blast here…conference call later.

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Erecting Dysfunction: APA Says Allowing 65 Year Old Pilots to Fly is Dangerous, Calls For Veto

Well, it didn’t take long for the Senate to pass companion legislation to the House bill that raises the US commercial pilot retirement age to 65. Last night, the Senate received a copy of the “Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act”, read it twice, considered it, read it a third time, and “passed without amendment […]

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Who Are You Calling Grandpa? House Moves To Raise Pilot Retirement Age

If 65 is the new 45, then the latest push to increase the mandatory commercial pilot retirement age to 65 shouldn’t ruffle any feathers. But it has!A hastily-created bill, called the “Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act” was unanimously passed by the House of Representatives late yesterday evening.Pilots are split on whether they want the […]

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What’s Ten Years After All? Airbus A350 Slots Available in 2017

The Airbus PR machine has been rather busy, announcing that Taiwan’s China Airlines (CAL) has received board approval to order up to 20 Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered A350-900s; Afriqiyah Airways has signed a firm contract for the purchase of six A350-800s; and Libyan Airlines has inked a firm contract for the purchase of 15 Airbus aircraft, […]

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Bring it On: American Airlines Pilots’ Union Seeks to Conduct All Flying at the US Major

American Airlines pilots’ union, the Allied Pilots Association (APA), doesn’t tend to mince words. It was pretty clear, therefore, what was being demanded when the APA last week issued a scope proposal to management, which states the union expects “all flying performed by or on behalf of the company shall be performed by pilots on […]

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