News Posts

All aboard the grumble bus

It seems like the news outlets are bursting this week with griping.

Caution: before you continue reading, I must warn you, this post will be full of debbie-downerism. I advise anyone who can't tolerate far-fetched, irrational boo-hooing to abstain from full exposure to such ...

Spotlight on Deutsche Lufthansa, the 747-8I and India

German Airline Group Deutsche Lufthansa has revealed the first initial routes to receive the new "Queen of the Skies," also known as the 747-8 series aircraft, starting in approximately one month's time.

On Friday, Lufthansa announced on its social media newsroom page that ...

TSA Agent Arrested for Throwing Hot Coffee on Pilot

This is an old story, but one I have been meaning to highlight for the last two weeks. Should a pilot have spoken up when he heard a Transportation Security Officer (TSO) using filthy language while in costume or just minded his own business? That's not an easy question to ...


News debrief, around the world

United CEO Smisek: No need for O’Hare expansion, new airport

At a City Club of Chicago Forum, held last Thursday, United Airlines President and CEO Jeff Smisek vocalized that there is "no need" to build an extra runway at Chicago O'Hare International airport, appearing at odds with ...

Spirit Airlines' Secret Service Sale: "Upfront payment is required"


Leave it to Spirit Airlines to poke fun at the Secret Service scandal with a "more bang for your buck" sale. 

Spirit is concurrently running a "More Bang for Your Buck!" sale on $19.80 flights to Cartagena, Colombia, where several Secret Service agents allegedly spent a ...

Drama in Houston

Workers remove a sign with the old Continental Airlines logo to reveal the new United logo featuring Continental's blue globe. Image courtesy of Roger Yu at USA Today.

"FORTUNE -- United Continental Holdings is learning the hard way that ...

Spotlight on American Airlines in San Juan, Puerto Rico

A "hub away from home" 

Airline deregulation may have spurred movement among legacy US carriers to drift towards the "hub-and-spoke" model. Interestingly, as part of that process, many of them pursued the idea of creating "off-shore" hubs that were not located on U.S. soil. ...


"That's the way the cookie crumbles"

Everyone loves the cookies!

Based in Milwaukee, Midwest Airlines (formerly known as Midwest Express Airlines) became famous for serving complimentary, freshly-baked-on board chocolate-chip cookies on all flights departing after 10:30 AM. This practice, which began sometime ...

Big, beautiful dolls

Even despite the cruel times plaguing global airlines, one thing can guarantee some hope and joy: the delivery of shiny new planes.

Boeing delivers two 787 "Dreamliner" aircraft to Japan Airlines

Japan's second major airline, Japan Airlines (JAL), was the second customer in ...

Emirates, the 'Beast in the Middle East,' feels the heat

An Emirates Airbus A380 flies over the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. Image courtesy of Google.

"We can reel off a whole load of airlines that are teetering on the brink or are really gone. Roll this forward to Christmas, another eight or ...

Midweek debrief: Around-the-World

Happy Wednesday afternoon from a beautiful Chicago! Sunny and 79 degrees in March, practically an unheard of phenomenon in the Midwest. The views are so gorgeous, I'll share a shot I captured today outside the office window:

I've had a few days of blogging hiatus since I took a ...

TSA Concedes Failure of Full Body Scanners

TSA’s Iraqi Information Minister, Blogger Bob, addressed the new video “making its way around the interwebs” about why full body scanners actually make us less safe. His words were telling. Let’s go through them, one sentence at a time.

I watched the video and it ...


Southwest and AirTran receive FAA Single Operating Certificate

If an airline merger were to be seen like a marriage, and Southwest and AirTran had already announced their plans for engagement last May, then receiving a Single Operating Certificate (SOC) by the Federal Aviation Administration is like receiving a marriage license. Today, that step was ...

A response to the Boyd Group


After a bit of a weekend hiatus, I am ready to get back to some blogging. I definitely intend to blog a bit more with updates on the Kingfisher Airlines debacle which I posted last week.

Aviation Hot Flash

Exciting news for Chicago passengers wanting to get ...

American Airlines and lessons in cost structure

Today, I stumbled across an article that provides didactic insight into business lessons that can be learned from the airline industry. Published yesterday in Inc. magazine, A Lesson on Cost From American Airlines,  assesses how maintaining control over shifts in the "cost ...