Op-Ed Columnists

  • Thai AirAsia X Domhnal Slattery Avolon
    Opinion

    Why crisis could power lessors to 50% fleet penetration: Cirium​

    2020-07-08T11:20:00Z

    Why market opportunities created by pandemic could propel sector into an increasing share of industry’s assets

  • Lufthansa crew masks covid-19 coronavirus
    Opinion

    Airline industry faces up to the next phase

    2020-07-03T14:27:00Z

    Airlines around the world are beginning to implement recovery plans as regions are gradually released from lockdown

  • Training-c-MariekeDekker_Shutterstock
    Opinion

    Why resilience is key for aspiring airline pilots

    2020-07-03T14:05:00Z

    While the coronavirus crisis has many pilots considering their options, the choices are starker still for those who have invested heavilly in their training in the hope of gaining airline employment

  • American Airlines hub Miami Airbus A320
    Opinion

    How airlines are facing a new world order

    2020-07-02T08:11:00Z

    A significantly reduced market until at least 2022 is broadly accepted, with widespread implications for the industry

  • Loyalty reward cards
    Opinion

    Why coronavirus crisis is litmus test for loyalty programmes

    2020-06-18T11:01:00Z

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. However, the answer to the coronavirus crisis does not lie in ever-more exorbitant promotions, argues Evert de Boer. Airlines must now resist the temptation to fall back into old habits – and instead, stay on the recent course of innovation, customer intelligence and financial accountability.

  • Regulations-c-aiyoshi597_Shutterstock
    Opinion

    Time to slim down aviation’s ever-expanding rule book

    2020-06-12T15:53:00Z

    In the latest of a series, FlightGlobal takes a view from behind the cockpit door with a column from Captain Wim De Wannemacker, who flies Boeing 737s for TuiFly Belgium

  • Air traffic control tower sunset
    Opinion

    Why now is chance to shape air traffic systems for the future

    2020-06-12T14:19:00Z

    Graham Lake, former director general of CANSO, examines why the immediate financial choices facing air navigation service providers are destined to have a direct impact on airline operations and passenger services for years to come

  • VirginOz-c-PeterFZ_Shuttertock
    Opinion

    How pilots can overcome challenge of finding employment outside cockpit

    2020-06-09T14:44:00Z

    As an airline pilot who’s been recently been made redundant, I’m now struggling to find any type of employment. Sure, the economy is not looking good and we are in unprecedented times, but even the most ‘basic’ industries must need people to fill roles (maybe even to fill rolls).

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    Opinion

    What’s next for airline pilots?

    2020-05-22T14:35:00Z

    Being an airline pilot in May 2020 is an unnerving experience. A workforce that thrives on mobility is largely furloughed, with many also awaiting redundancy; a small minority, meanwhile, are still operating what few flights remain.

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    Opinion

    Why airline loyalty programmes must go back to their roots

    2020-05-20T08:32:00Z

    Ravindra Bhagwanani, managing director at frequent flyer programme specialists Global Flight, considers why the coronavirus crisis means airlines will need to look to the past and improve the value proposition of their loyalty schemes if they are to keep customers in future

  • 777X-c-Boeing
    Opinion

    Why strong supplier chain could save Boeing

    2020-05-12T10:14:00Z

    With the world’s number one aerospace manufacturer facing a barrage of problems, from the Max grounding to the Covid-19 collapse in demand, Alex Krutz, manging director at Patriot Industrial Partners, considers whether a supply chain that is much more robust than in the past can be crucial to getting it through the crisis?

  • First ACJ320neo final assembly – Hamburg, Germany
    Opinion

    For SMEs, the crisis is only beginning

    2020-05-11T11:45:00Z

    The situation could hardly be worse for Airbus, Boeing and first-tier suppliers. But for companies further down the supply chain it is. Highly geared and often dependent on a single customer, small- and medium-sized enterprises face a fight for survival as demand dries up. Their only hope is some sort of airline revival before it is too late

  • FedEx Airbus A380-800F
    Opinion

    Years after cancellation, A380 freighter’s time may have come

    2020-05-07T15:14:00Z

    FedEx’s crystal ball was clearly having an off-day when it churned out predictions for the Airbus A380 freighter 15 years ago. The US express cargo giant, once the launch operator of the A380F, expected to take delivery of the aircraft in 2008, enthused about a -900 stretched cargo variant, and forecast that passenger-to-freighter A380s would arrive by 2020.

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    Opinion

    Why airlines must mind the training bubble

    2020-05-07T14:11:00Z

    Getting carriers back into service at the end of this crisis could run up against a perhaps unexpected obstacle: a shortage of simulator capacity for pilots

  • Cathay jets grounded
    Opinion

    Will pandemic prompt a green reset for aviation?

    2020-04-09T13:50:00Z

    The coronavirus crisis will abate before too long, but how will its impact change the nature of air travel?

  • A310
    Opinion

    Hailing the A310’s lasting legacy

    2020-04-09T12:03:00Z

    Airbus invented the original widebody twinjet more than half a century ago, so it seems appropriate that a Toulouse product looks set to be the first of the breed to become extinct.

  • F-35B landing vertically
    Opinion

    US Marine Corps backs away from tailor-made aircraft - and their expense

    2020-03-27T11:01:00Z

    Expeditionary demands have honed the US Marine Corps into a unique force with enviable equipment – but its Pacific pivot means much could change

  • Max grounded in Washington
    Opinion

    Will Boeing cancel the 737 Max?

    2020-01-29T13:22:00Z

    Rob Morris, global head of consultancy with Ascend by Cirium, provides an overview of the 737 Max programme and uses the data available to evaluate whether Boeing should cancel it.

  • Garuda CRJ1000
    Opinion

    Chaotic leadership is holding Garuda back

    2020-01-20T05:19:00Z

    Garuda’s revolving door of leaders has proved detrimental to its long-term interests and must be addressed for the carrier to get back on track. Emblematic of deep-seated organisational issues, the worst blows Garuda suffered in 2019 were the misstatement of its 2018 financial results and the public dismissal of ...

  • Virgin Atlantic Pride flight
    Opinion

    Action needed on LGBTQ diversity at airlines

    2019-11-28T13:11:00Z

    A diverse and inclusive workplace is a better one, writes IATA’s Dexter Morse, but more airlines need to adopt a structured approach to the issue