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Who will bid for AMR Corp? Merger mania

Discussion of the day:

According to the Aviation Biz Blog, an aviation-themed blog published by The Dallas Morning News, Delta Air Lines, Inc. and private equity firm TPG Capital are separately assessing potential bids for AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines. Given ...

American Airlines in Delhi, India and Aviation Insights Review (AIR)

American Airlines to discontinue flights 292/293 between Chicago and India Sadly, but not shockingly, AA is axing their nonstop Chicago O'Hare to New Delhi flight. This flight has been around for 5+ years and weathered some pretty brutal downturns in the industry. When it was first launched in ...

United Airlines Confirms Continued Use of "Rhapsody in Blue"

Lap it up as small victory in the "war of influence" (a war over whether Continental or United will emerge as the true post-meger airline), but United confirmed today it will keep "Rhapsody in Blue" as its signature theme song...sort of.

"We're going to keep that around, but whether it ...

Brussels Airlines Returns to New York JFK

It has been one decade since the Belgian flag carrier served New York City, but starting this summer Brussels Airlines, a Star Alliance member, will resume service between New York Kennedy and Brussels.

SN0501 - DEPART BRU 10:20 ARRIVE JFK 12:35
SN0502 - DEPART JFK 17:15 ...

KLM Matchmaking Service: Pick Your Seatmate on Facebook

Have you ever had a morbidly obese, chain-smoking, McDonald's-loving, shower-hating seatmate next to you on a six hour transcon? Or the guy who won't stop talking about his work? Or granny who feels the need to retell her family history to you between telling it to each of the FA and the ...

Bigoted Delta Pilot Throws Muslims Off Flight

How would you feel if you were searched by the TSA, then "randomly" searched and questioned again prior to boarding, then required by the airline gate agent to show your identification while other passengers were not, then pulled off the airplane because those around you allegedly felt nervous, ...


Mark Schwab New Star Alliance CEO

Mark Schwab CEO Star Alliance United Airlines

Hot off the press, Star Alliance has named a replacement for departing CEO Jaan Albrecht. Mark Schwab, former Senior Vice President of Alliances at United Airlines, will continue his close work with Star Alliance, now as the head of the company.

Here's the press release:


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Congressional Bill to "Strip" TSA Screeners of "Officer" Title

I concede that Congress has more important matters to worry about than the proper designation for a Transportation Security Administration clerk, but I have to applaud Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn's attempt to roll back the "officer" designation, costume, and badge given to TSA security ...


Fascinating Details Behind Air France 447 Crash

Mike sent me a fascinating story on Air France 447, a flight that crashed over the Atlantic Ocean nearly two years ago during a turbulent storm. After 18 months of searching, the black boxes were found and closely scrutizined. Now they have been released to the public and reveal that pilot error ...

Virgin Australia brand is expanding internationally


I recently returned from a trip to Australia and New Zealand, and am currently in the process of posting trip reports from my journey.  Most recently, V Australia Business Class from LAX to Sydney. 

Until now, there have been various names for the airlines owned by the ...

What American Airlines' Bankruptcy Filing Means for You

AMR Corp, parent of American Airlines, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this morning. Bankruptcy does not mean going out of business. Far from it, the move will allow the company to restructure and emerge as a more competitive airlines. Travelers will not notice anything different today ...


Forced to Stand for Seven Hours on a US Airways Flight

The issue of how to approach a POS (passenger of size) is always a delicate one. As the debate rages over how much personal control some obese people really have over their weight, it is important to approach this topic in a respectful tone. How an airline should deal with an obese person is not ...


Man Sues Delta for $2MN for Hearing Loss on Loud Flight

I have seen dozens of petty airline-related lawsuits over the years, but this one takes the cake. An Oregon man is suing Delta Air Lines for $2MN, claiming he suffered permanent hearing loss on a fight from Minneapolis to Portland because the cabin was too loud.

Kent J. Neilson claims the ...


AirTran Airways Sued for Cockroaches and Indifference

Sort of like the composition of hot dogs, some thing things are better left unknown and we really do not want know what is creeping about behind air vents, walls, and floors on the aircraft we fly. But once in a while the critters find a way out, like on a recent AirTran flight that was allegedly ...


Recognizing Pilot Bravery: Iran Air vs. LOT Polish Airlines


We have rightfully heard a lot of praise for the LOT Polish Airlines pilots who landed a Boeing 767 on its belly in Warsaw yesterday after the landing gear failed to deploy. Hailed as a hero, Captain Tadeusz Wrona deserves a great deal of recognition for his bravery and skill in carefully landing ...

A Closer Look at the EU Emissions Trading Scheme

26 counties, including the United States, lodged a formal protest today against a European Union law to tax all airlines travelling to and from Europe for their carbon emissions.

Might this be the start of a trade war? Here is a bit more background on the program, courtesy of ...

Singapore Airlines Introduces "Scoot" Budget Carrier

Singapore Airlines revealed some more details about its planned low-cost subsidiary today. Here is a brief summary:

The airline will be called "Scoot" Operations will begin in June 2012 Four Boeing 777-200 jets will be used initially The carrier will focus on destinations that are 5-10 ...

bmi to sell bmi Regional


 Sources say that bmi is in advanced discussions to sell bmi Regional to a U.K investor group previously associated with the regional business. The sale would be in the form of shares of bmi Regional, all assets used in the bmi Regional business including the aircraft fleet, the existing ...

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Air India Passengers Wait 9 Hours to Travel from London Gatwick to Heathrow

I offer my condolences to the 300+ passengers on Air India flight 131 from Mumbai to London earlier this week, who were trapped on a 777 for nine hours in a comedy of errors that further diminishes the image of Air India.

Fog is not something out of the ordinary in London, but the early ...