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Taking the Long Way: Emirates A380 Business Class from London to Hong Kong via Dubai

I recently took a job in Hong Kong, swapping the grey skies of London for a life-changing experience in the fascinating Asian city. For my big life transition, I treated myself to Emirates (EK) business class and an upstairs berth in one of the carrier’s Airbus A380-800s. Show More Summary

What are top aviation executives’ predictions for marketing in 2018?

“The future is digital. With rich customer data, airlines really know their guests. Where they fly, when they fly, what they eat. […] This high-resolution data will help airlines market the right thing to the right people at the right...Show More Summary

My Thoughts: Boeing Leader Predicted Delta Airbus A321 Order – Could It Doom “New 757?”

The recent announcement by Delta Air Lines that it will be ordering 100 new Airbus A321neo jets could put a nail, or perhaps rivet, into the coffin of a 757 replacement. I knew this Delta announcement was coming years ago when I was working for Boeing and had an insightful chat with a very high-ranking Boeing executive. Show More Summary

Emotionally Statistic: Looking Back at 2017 & the Last Decade

I know, I know... everyone and their mom does "year-end review" stories. I am adding one more. Really, this is more for me and our team to look back to see what and how we did for the year. While I am at it, I might as well share, right? This was the first full year where I sort of half-assed it. Show More Summary

Flying SAS Scandinavian Airlines’ New A340 Business Class: A Veteran Fleet Gets a Fresh Look

SAS Scandinavian Airlines has a lot of history under its belt -- over 70 years' worth, in fact. It was first to offer a regularly scheduled transpolar flight way back in 1954. More recently, it was a founding member of the Star Alliance. Show More Summary

WestJet Trip Report: How I legitimized a Boys’ Weekend in Calgary.

With only a few weeks left in the year, I decided to use my remaining vacation days for a boys’ weekend in Calgary. It had been a rough few weeks at work and was I looking forward to catching up with a few friends from university for...Show More Summary

17 hours in the friendly skies — United’s LAX-SIN route is the 3rd longest in the world

Superlatives abounded on this, the inaugural non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Singapore. It’s billed as the third-longest direct flight in the world and the longest to originate from the United States. The flight takes 17 hours, five minutes to cover the 8,772 miles between Los Angeles and Singapore. Show More Summary

When Circus Elephants Roamed the Boeing Factory Floor!

During the Boeing 737 Renton Factory tour at Aviation Geek Fest this year, I thought I heard the tour guide say something about elephants walking the factory floor. Wait... what? I wasn't sure if I heard it right, or if maybe he was having some fun with the guests. Show More Summary

Five Best Airline Marketing Campaigns From 2017

With social media already becoming a mainstream function at many airline marketing departments, this year we at SimpliFlying have noticed more airlines getting original on social media to resonate with their target audiences. This year,...Show More Summary

The Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation – SUX it Does Not

Ask most airline travelers what they know of Sioux City, Iowa and, if they’ve heard of it at all, it’s likely for only one of two reasons. The first, that Sioux City was the site of the crash of United Flight 232 in 1989. The second,...Show More Summary

Air Canada’s Signature Suite Reflects the Airline’s Lofty Ambitions

Air Canada’s Signature Suite, its newest lounge at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), officially opened on December 1.  The Signature Suite creates an environment that makes it easy to forget you’re in an airport. Those eligible to access the lounge can receive complimentary beer, wine, champagne and signature cocktails. Show More Summary

Behind the scenes with an agricultural pilot. “It’s just good, fun flying.”

Agriculture (ag) aviation is not the swashbuckling, seat-of-the-pants occupation that popular culture led me to expect. Sure, it’s definitely all about daring flying, but it’s also gone all high-tech, making use of 3-D obstacle mapping, computer-controlled spray nozzles, and precisely-defined GPS flight paths across the fields. Show More Summary

Hola Mexico City — Aeromexico Starts Service Between MEX-SEA

On Wednesday, November 1 at 7:57 p.m., the inaugural Aeroméxico flight from Mexico City to Seattle touched down eight minutes ahead of schedule. After a brief taxi, the Boeing 737-800 lined up for the traditional water cannon salute, courtesy of the Port of Seattle Fire Department. Show More Summary

Mixed Emotions Flying on the Final United 747 Flight

It is okay to get emotional over an airplane. That is what I kept telling myself anyhow as I experienced United’s final 747 flight recently. I was sad that this was going to be a huge milestone for the retirement of Boeing 747 passenger service. Show More Summary

My First Spirit Airlines Flight… on Virgin America

Often, people try to avoid the ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCC), but I have been wanting to try Spirit Airlines for quite a few years now.  During a recent trip from Seattle (SEA) to Los Angeles (LAX) with my girlfriend, I ended up having that chance… kind of. Show More Summary

Lounge Review: Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse at San Francisco International (SFO)

Virgin Atlantic has a pretty slick sense of style. The many elements of the airline’s brand – from the unique metallic red of its livery down to its creative cocktail lists and small touches on its printed materials – ooze cool. We definitely...Show More Summary

PHOTOS: Boeing Kicks off 777x Production

In a big milestone for the program, Boeing officially started production on its new 777x line on Oct. 23. The 777X will feature new GE9X engines, an all-new composite wing with folding tips, longer range, and leverages technologies from the 787 Dreamliner. Show More Summary

AvGeeks Assemble! Loving Aviation Geek Fest Seattle 2017

At the end of September we got to enjoy another amazing Aviation Geek Fest. If you follow the site, the name probably sounds familiar. It is a VIP-access event that allows AvGeeks to get together and experience some pretty cool things not typically open to the general public. Show More Summary

Vale Ben Sandilands, renowned aviation journalist and Crikey blogger

Crikey's aviation blogger Ben Sandilands passed away on Friday after a long illness. The post Vale Ben Sandilands, renowned aviation journalist and Crikey blogger appeared first on Plane Talking.

The Greatest Show on Earth: Switzerland’s AXALP Live-Fire Demo

Axalp is, in my humble opinion, very likely the best air show on earth, although the Swiss Air Force will be quick to tell you that it’s not really an airshow, rather, it’s a live-fire training exercise to which the public is invited. Show More Summary

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