Scott Kirby ditches American for United: Chapter XXXVIII in Airline Management Shakeups

In 2016, United Airlines didn't get Gordon Bethune back after all, but instead, they'll end the year with Scott Kirby as the new President of the Chicago-based airline
Welcome to installment number "we lost count" in the latest edition of Airline Executives in transition, this time taking ...
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A historic weekend in Pakistani aviation

On Sunday, August 14, Pakistan celebrated its Independence Day from British rule, and its flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) put its first Airbus A330-300 into scheduled operations featuring its new "Premier Service" business class.
If you have been following Matthew and Ben's ...

Thai Airways A380 in Royal Silk: Bangkok > Paris

In-bound from Seoul, via Hong Kong, I had a long layover in Bangkok prior to my early morning flight to Paris via TG.  This would be my first flight on an Airbus A380. I was so giddy that I could hardly speak. The flight to Paris was delayed an hour or so, making an already long ...
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The Qatar Airways' "AtlantaGate" situation was inexcusable

I will confess that when I read on Thursday that Qatar Airways' inaugural flight to Atlanta was denied an Airbus A380-capable gate upon arrival, I laughed. 
There has been an unending story of hysterics between Delta Air Lines and the MEB3 centered around theatrics and accusations of ...

Airline CEOs in Transition: It's Time to Dialogue

As Matthew reported earlier this week, Malaysia Airlines CEO Christoph Mueller has decided to resign from his post in September of this year. 
Maybe I tend to get more amped up more than most when I learn about organizational restructurings at volatile airlines, but when I learned of this ...

To those who believe United doesn't need Gordon Bethune back, think again

Upon discovering earlier this week that two hedge funds have fledged a campaign against the United Airlines' board to inaugurate six additional members, one being industry veteran Gordon Bethune, I am pretty sure I did a silent clap in my office. 
For those who are unfamiliar with ...

Going, Going, Gone: Emirates aborts plans to serve Panama City (for now)

Critics of the Gulf carriers may wish to pay special attention to Emirates' latest decision to suspend plans to launch nonstop service to Panama City, and re-evaluate the validity of allegations against the U.A.E. government for unfairly subsidizing loss-making long-haul routes on ...

airberlin cancels impending DFW flight due to poor advance bookings

German carrier airberlin has shelved its plans to launch new service to DFW airport in May 2016 following a lower-than-forecasted response from the local market. Airberlin had announced in November 2015 that it would launch its DFW service as part of a broader international expansion program ...

2015 wrap-up, and thank you

I find myself experiencing deja-vu as I sit down to write this entry. It honestly feels like I was just compiling the same post hours ago as part of my 2014 concluding rites. Now, here I am doing the same thing for 2015.
The strange part is, there have been so many changes that have occurred ...

My relationship with American Airlines in late 2015 left a lot to be desired

The year is coming to a close, and I'm really not concluding on the best footing with American Airlines. I want to write an honest narration of recent experiences on-board the world's largest airline and admit that my customer satisfaction with them has waned significantly since the cutover in ...

Aer Lingus beefs up transatlantic network in preparation for IAG acquisition

Aer Lingus will operate 12 transatlantic routes in Summer 2016, with ten routes from its Dublin base to Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Washington, Orlando, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and from Shannon to Boston and New York. New routes to Los Angeles, Newark and ...
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Delta diversifies transatlantic network in 2016 with four new Summer routes

Delta Air Lines is leveraging its position of strength in Europe, thanks to its transatlantic joint venture partners, to launch four new routes in Summer 2016 that will benefit its mid-size, and inland hubs in the U.S., a bold game-changer in strategy as it currently concentrates the vast majority ...
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Epilogue: I had a summer love affair with Spirit Airlines

Stop it, Spirit. Your advertisements brought out the bad boy in me this summer ::swoons::
I have a confession to make.
This summer, I had a wild romantic fling with Spirit Airlines.
It was hot. It was intense. It didn't last very long, but it also may not be over quite ...