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The Future of the Connected Passenger Experience — Highlights from #AIX2015, Hamburg

Aircraft Interiors Expo (or AIX as it is popularly known) is one of the world’s biggest exhibitions on aircraft interiors, held at Hamburg Messe, Germany. This year’s event was held for three days between the 14 and 16 of April, featuring...Show More Summary

Bring it: Scoot vs. Spirit – An Entertaining Battle of Marketing

Scoot vs Spirit. Their liveries are different enough, but it goes deeper than that – Photo: Bernie Leighton Sometimes when airlines fight — we get entertainment. The most recent throwing of the punches is between Singapore’s low cost carrier Scoot and US based Spirit Airlines. It would seem that Campbell Wilson, CEO of Scoot [...]Show More Summary

What might the Emirates Qantas alliance look like by 2023?

News overnight that Emirates wants to extend its alliance with Qantas to 2023 might seem ho hum, but what exactly will it look like by then? That’s the real story, and no doubt one that the ACCC and current and future Australian governments, as well as Qantas employees and shareholders and other airline will need [...]

Emirates enjoins Rolls-Royce in its push for an A380 NEO

Emirates’ powers of persuasion were apparent at a number of levels in yesterday’s high stakes switch to Rolls-Royce as the engine maker for 50 already ordered Airbus A380s. As the largest user of the giant Airbus (and current and future versions of the Boeing 777) the Dubai based carrier wants a new engine option or [...]

ANA Breaks the Internet with Some Star Wars Nerdom

ANA’s tribute to R2-D2 is truly a masterpiece. Image- ANA. We all know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming out Christmas of this year. We even saw the second teaser trailer on April 16 of this year, BB-8 is adorable. Just look at this thing. This is going to sell more [...] The post ANA Breaks the Internet with Some Star Wars Nerdom appeared first on

Qantas returns to Perth-Singapore route (but with 737s)

It’s taken a while, but Qantas has given in to common sense and pressure from its Western Australian customers and re-instated services between Perth and Singapore from 26 June. The service will be five times a week using two class 737-800s. No doubt there will be continued pressure, this time for larger, more comfortable airliners [...]

Boeing rejects concerns that computer hackers could take over jets

Boeing has dissented from US government agency fears that airliners like the 777 that was operating missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 can be taken over by computer hackers. It issued a statement this morning in response to media interest in a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled “AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL: FAA Needs a More [...]

Air New Zealand to add U.S. Service via Houston

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZF – Photo: Kris Hull Air New Zealand on Thursday announced a North American expansion, adding Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport as their fourth U.S. destination. Air New Zealand currently serves Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu, in addition to Vancouver, Canada to the north. BONUS: Flying Like [...]Show More Summary

MH370 search extension comes with a not so subtle hint

While there were no surprises in the official statement at the end of today’s tripartite review of the MH370 search, there was one not so subtle hint from Australia’s deputy PM Warren Truss. Mr Truss said he was confident that the search effort would find the wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 ER [...]

MH370 search will be extended if current zone proves empty

The next of kin of the victims of missing flight MH370 have been informed by text message that the ocean floor search will continue if nothing is found within the current priority search by a sonar scanning exercise due to finish by the end of next month. However there is no official word from the [...]

Houston … Qantas might not have a problem!

Air New Zealand’s new service between Auckland and Houston from December might not be quite the challenge to the Qantas service between Sydney and Dallas Fort Worth that is being suggested elsewhere. For a start, it will take add one stop (Auckland) and some extra flying time to reach Texas that way. But the real [...]

Sydney 2nd airport curfew row started with campaign brain fade

The current row over a curfew for Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek began with a spur of the moment reversal of Labor policy over the issue in the heat of a moment in campaigning for the last month’s NSW state election. On 13 March, totally out of the blue, the state Labor leader Luke [...]

VIDEO: Bigger. Better. Checking Out the New Boeing Space Bins Firsthand

Space Bins in the 737 Configuration Studio – Photo: The Boeing Company During Aviation Geek Fest 2015, a small number of us AvGeeks (seven, to be exact: me, Mal, Dan, Christy, Michael, Michael #2, and Derek — who didn’t seem to make it into the video, but still was great) were invited by Boeing [...]Show More Summary

Virgin’s full service roll out ends, the real battle begins

Virgin Australia’s completion today of its moves to offer complimentary food and drinks (as fitting the hour of travel) across its services, as well as free checked luggage is not so much the start of a bun fight between the major carriers, but the onset of harsh performance comparisons. What it means is that in [...]

Asiana crash lands another airliner, this time in Japan

The news just in from Hiroshima is quite remarkable, in that Asiana has not just crash landed its second jet in two years, but done so with enough force to get it from an initial impact outside the boundary of the city’s airport to a standstill near its intended gate, where passengers were then evacuated [...]

Disgusting Woolworths Anzac campaign recalls Tiger anger

The ignorance and disrespect of Woolworth’s shabby, shabby attempt to sell more groceries using the Anzac centenary has been slapped down, but didn’t they pay any attention to what happened to Tiger Airways in 2009? That was one of the higher profile attempts to leverage the remembrance of  Anzac Day into a product promotion. Woolworths [...]

Flying High During Aviation Geek Fest Seattle 2015

One of the AGF15 groups on the 747-8 factory floor – Photo: Boeing It has been a while since we celebrated Aviation Geek Fest Seattle 2015 back in February, but I am still feeling the excitement. What an amazing two-day AvGeek event that was held here, in Seattle, WA on February 21 and 22. [...]Show More Summary

MH370 search review unlikely to deal with official lies

Will anyone at the tripartite review of the search for MH370 being held in Kuala Lumpur this Thursday have the guts to ask why Malaysia deliberately misled its partners about the course taken by the missing Boeing 777 from day one, back on 8 March 2014? This is the critical question that arose from disclosures [...]

Airline Sampler – Part 1: Intro + My First Flight on Virgin America

Airline Sampler, heck yes – Image: Great Circle Mapper “You’re crazy!” That’s the most common reaction I get from non-AvGeeks after describing in detail one of my typical “plane crazy” trips. Unlike a normal person, my travel tends to focus not on the destination, but the journey. That is, the airlines, airplanes, airports, and [...]Show More Summary

SimpliLeader: Sanjiv Kapoor, COO at SpiceJet, on Bombardier Q400 Fleet, the Brand and the Future of the Airline.

As part of our SimpliLeader series, in which we showcase the best minds in aviation, we met the Chief Operating Officer of SpiceJet, Sanjiv Kapoor. Sanjiv discussed matters ranging from social media to running of the airline and branding in Part 1 of this interview. Show More Summary

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