Archive | August, 2008


The Canadian shuffle – Newair and old air, Zoom

As one door closes, another door opens. So it would seem the case in Canada where Zoom Airlines has found itself in dire financial straights. The carrier has closed its doors and entered administration, after one of its 767s was ceased at Calgary airport by its owner. At the same time, however, proposed Canadian start-up […]

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Airline passengers’ DVT case ends run

The other day I had what I’d like to think was a brilliant idea. Airlines that offer uncomfortably snug seating arrangements in steerage class (you know who you are), could start charging for compression stockings to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Hear me out. A trendy compression stocking supplier – if there is such a […]

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Is US Airways smart to be cheap?

When US Airways recently emerged as one of most aggressive amongst its peers to implement in-flight food and beverage sales – notoriously charging passengers for life’s most basic necessity, water – the news media, including myself, skewered the Star Alliance member’s decision. But support for the move is coming from a rather unlikely source – […]

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PHOTO: Bombardier CRJ1000 first flight within weeks

Bombardier’s CRJ1000 is scheduled to make its first flight within weeks, the Canadian airframer told Runway Girl today. Clarifying an earlier report, a Bombardier spokesman says the CRJ1000 is “on schedule”. “We are en route to an entry-into-service date during the fourth quarter of 2009. We have undergone engine and systems tests. Following completion of […]

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Turn it off: The in-flight porn debate that is…

The old in-flight porn debate has reared its big ugly head. With a slew of US majors bringing WiFi connectivity on board their aircraft, the question of whether they should regulate content is now splattered across the news. American Airlines, which recently became the first US carrier to offer broadband, has opted to provide unfiltered […]

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Six is a crowd: India reveals plan for 70-plus seat regional jet

“Monkey see monkey do. Just what the world needs, another bloody regional jet.” So said one observer upon learning that India is looking to build a 70- to 100-seat RJ. I’m guessing that the aviation industry may have a similar reaction. Reports out of India say state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has been asked by the government […]

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Is the airline business still sexy? Delta thinks so!

I have one question for Delta executive VP of network planning and revenue management Glen Hauenstein. What’s your definition of sexy? In a new promotional video about Delta’s 2008 “flight plan”, Hauenstein says: “We are all addicts in the airline business because it is sexy and it is fast-moving and it does change a lot […]

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Gemini to customers: Don’t bother ringing after the 29th

It ain’t right, it ain’t decent. Privately-held Gemini Air Cargo quietly ceased operations on 12 August without providing its customers with any sort of advance notice. The firm has issued an online statement explaining that the closure was prompted by its inability to find a buyer during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, its second such restructuring […]

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When the cash bug bites at Mesa…hire?

Go to the front page of Mesa Air Group’s web site and you’ll discover that the regional has launched an all-out hiring blitz. The web page is flanked with hiring notices. Captains, first officers, mechanics and dispatchers are all urged to apply for “immediate” openings. If you’re looking for “great, friendly service or you’re keen […]

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Why the stakes are high for Aircell and the rest of us

Saints above, it has finally happened! Aircell’s in-flight connectivity service Gogo this morning went live on American Airlines’ Boeing 767-200 fleet. Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve been praying for this day for a long time. And frankly, right now I’m wishing I had booked on American for my upcoming flight to Los Angeles, […]

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