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The Ultimate Flight Bag

My current flight bag is a backpack. It's black, has the brand name Jaguar on it, and is in a traditional tombstone shape: flat on the bottom and curved on the top. There is a main zippered compartment with a smaller zippered compartment on the front of it, and a third, yet smaller, zippered compartment on the front of that. Show More Summary

PHOTOS: Lufthansa Paints a Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental in Retro Livery

Front part of Lufthansa’s special retro livery on the Boeing 747-8I – Photo: Lufthansa Lufthansa was the first airline to fly the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and now has 16 of the type in service. Over the history of the airline and the 747 program, Lufthansa has been a very good customer. They have operated [...]Show More Summary

Airbus sees big changes in Billionaire tastes for jets

Billionaires are upsizing their jets, while sovereign states are looking for aircraft which increasingly offer a VIP zone at the front and airline style seating at the back, according to Airbus. The aircraft maker even commissioned a needless to say, very private Billionaires study, to nuance its offerings to that market, while recently launching new [...]

Airways Brewing Company Proudly Reveals #AvGeek Beer

The amazing label for the new #AvGeek beer from Airways Brewery I like planes. I like craft beer. I like being an #AvGeek. Let’s combine them all! Airways Brewing Company and AirlineReporter are very excited to announce the new #AvGeek beer! It is a Hoppy Pale Ale and one of the coolest parts? It [...]Show More Summary

Gerd Leonhard on the Future of Flying and Virtual Transportation

Editor’s Note: We are publishing a five-part weekly series on the Future of Air Travel. For this exclusive series, SimpliFlying consultants have been interacting with leading thinkers and futurists and tapping their valuable insights. Show More Summary

How to Upset Someone With a Fear of Flying

Boarding a 777 flight – Photo: Alan Light | Flickr CC “You’re a travel writer,” people say to me. “But you’re afraid of flying? How does that work?” It doesn’t. A terrible experience happened to me, where a flight from Lagos, Nigeria, to Accra, Ghana, kept losing altitude for 30 minutes straight. Storm clouds [...]Show More Summary

Qantas Jetstar move jointly on more Whitsunday flights

Qantas is covering all bases with its new dual brand strategy for developing the potential of the Victoria-Whitsunday Coast market with its premium and low fare operations. Qantas has reclaimed Hamilton Island from Jetstar so far as future flights to the Whitsunday’s jet airport from Melbourne are concerned but given its low cost subsidiary an [...]

Wiley Coyote

I thought I would have the day off, but I was called out to the airport for a test flight. The airplane wasn't quite ready when I got there. Actually it wasn't nearly ready, but I had important candies to crush, so didn't mind waiting too much. Show More Summary

Starbucks, Dunkin, & Lift – Oh My! Coffee Keeps Passengers Going

Delta has partnered with Starbucks as their new coffee provider – Photo: Starbucks I will be the first to admit (and I have) that I am a coffee addict. So to surprise no one, I am talking about something close to my heart, and my stomach. Coffee on-board a flight (or while waiting for [...]Show More Summary

WestJet Valentine’s Day proposals surprise and delight #WestJetLove

Canada’s WestJet has always been associated with mushy surprise videos – from delighting passengers on Christmas, to their silly April Fool’s Day antics. Often, airlines run the risk of become a victim of their own success. Either they...Show More Summary

Flight Review: Eva Air Royal Laurel Business Class on a Boeing 777-300ER

Eva Air Boeing 777-300ER in flight – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | JDLMedia Another week, another flight. This time my adventure started at Los Angeles International, with a ticket in hand on EVA Air to Taipei. The occasion? To give the carrier’s Royal Laurel (RL) business class a good, thorough testing. With no line present [...]Show More Summary

ATSB forgets Pel-Air in study of fuel exhaustion accidents

Amnesia can now be again added to the failings of integrity and safety focus in ATSB reports on the repeated release today of  its study titled Starved and Exhausted: Fuel Management Aviation Accidents. It leaves out the fuel management related crash investigation of the century, the one in which a Pel-Air flight was ditched near [...]

Sydney opens two more rail stations for $1.8 billion

Sydney has just opened an extravagently costly SW Rail Link which will never, ever, be able to accommodate the trains that will be run on its incomplete NW Rail Link after it opens in four years time. It may be difficult for rail transport proponents to get their minds around this if they do not [...]

Ceres, dwarf planet of mystery, comes into sharper view

Those moments when a spacecraft turns a faint and distant point of light in the night sky into a newly seen world are among the most sublime that astronomy can offer. Not perhaps as grand as Magellan or Columbus sighting the New Worlds of terrestrial exploration, which wild and terrifying though they may have been, [...]

Some Aviation Geek Fest Tickets Still Available

It is still unreal that Full Aviation Geek Fest (AGF) tickets sold out in less than 30 seconds. We know that there are many of you who were hoping to get tickets and weren’t able to get them. That bites and we are sorry – blame it on the old rule of “supply and [...] The post Some Aviation Geek Fest Tickets Still Available appeared first on

It looks like TransAsia is in really big trouble over crash

Can airline operations can become so fixed on adhering to schedule that the safety culture becomes degraded to the point where 'pressing on regardless' can end in slaughter?

On the Wings of Giants: Airbus Banks on the Beluga

Out comes the nose section of an A320 aircraft from an Airbus A300-600 Beluga “Supertransporter” – Photo: Olivier CABARET | Flickr CC This is an excerpt from Paul Thompson’s story on… Throughout Airbus’ first two decades in business, its competitors at Boeing would joke that “Every Airbus is delivered on the wings of [...]Show More Summary

Virgin Australia back in the money in latest results

Virgin Australia has posted second quarter results for the current financial year that show a big turnaround in the profitability of its full service brand as well as low cost unit Tigerair Australia. It made an underlying profit before tax of $55.3 million in the three months to 31 December, an improvement of $47.6 million [...]

Looking Back at Soviet Air Defenses & the Aircraft that Served

A Tu-128 at the Central Aviation Museum of Russia – Photo: Maarten Dirkse Before I get into the aircraft I want to discuss today, there is an important matter of Soviet Military organization that I see misconstrued often. During the Soviet times, the VVS (Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily or Military Air Force) was not responsible for [...]Show More Summary

Drones and the Grey-Haired Biddy

For reasons that I don't wish to elaborate on, today I was reading Mary Worth, a legacy soap opera cartoon about a self-righteous senior citizen who can't keep her nose out of her neighbours' business. She's cast as the hero of the strip,...Show More Summary

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