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Qantas SriLankan code share will save lives

At severe risk of the writer being pilloried, the Qantas code share on SriLankan Airlines Singapore-Colombo flights could prove a life saver for those mislead into illegally entering Australia by boat. Let’s be blunt. Those who have risked the oceanic option are never poor. They have paid people smugglers what would be vast sums of [...]

Spirit Airlines Shows Off Bold and Very Yellow New Livery

There is no missing Spirit’s new bold yellow livery – Photo: Spirit Airlines It seems that every airline in the US is in the process in getting a new livery. We had Southwest and Frontier last week and this week we have probably the most bold of a change with Spirit Airlines. Not to [...]Show More Summary

NSW Govt confirms it will vandalise Epping-Chatswood rail line

As reported in the Fairfax media and Plane Talking previously the NSW government has confirmed it will physically  and deliberately destroy the heavy rail capabilities of the almost brand new Chatswood-Epping rail line to pursue its toy train set ambitions for the NW Rail Link from Epping to Cudgegong Road. In today’s Sydney Morning Herald  [...]

An Inside Look at TAM Airlines’ Uniform Shop

The different uniform choices in the TAM uniform shop One large task of an airline is to make sure that all their employees are dressed properly. Typically, each position within an airline will have a different dress code. From the fancy outfits that flight attendants often wear to the more mundane look of those [...]Show More Summary

Qantas lobs non-stop 744s in ski holiday fight with Air Canada

Qantas is doing something this January that many customers have wished for in the past, and flying non-stop between Sydney and Vancouver. The six ski specials will be in its refurbished Boeing 747-400s, and while Air Canada does 777-200LRs non-stop all the time, anyone who has flown on a partly loaded 744 versus the noiser [...]

Is the Pel-Air cover-up going to drag on forever?

It isn’t known when the  Transport Safety Board of Canada’s review of the how the ATSB handled its botched accident investigation into the 2009 Pel-Air crash will be released, but some sort of struggle to prevent it being made public has been going on behind the scenes for months. That crash, which seriously injured one [...]

Video: Southwest Airlines Paints a Boeing 737

After watching this video my first thought was, “holy cow that is a lot of blue.” When I first saw the leaked photos of the new Southwest Airlines’ livery I was not a fan. After seeing full photos of the new livery, it has started to grow on me, but I wouldn’t say that [...] The post Video: Southwest Airlines Paints a Boeing 737 appeared first on

Bush pilots, remote communities, get a boost from subsidy

Too late for some, the battler air services of the bush have been given a partial reprieve from air traffic charges.

MH370 Is the truth known to senior Indonesia police?

One of the strangest things about MH370 was the insistence of the government of Malaysia in the wasting of search resources over a South China Sea search when it knew less than two days after its disappearance that the flight had recrossed the Malaysia Peninsula to the north of the entrance of the Straits of Malacca.

Airline Winners at 5th Annual SimpliFlying Awards 2014 #SFAwards14

SimpliFlying Awards: The Authoritative Showcase of Best Social Media Practices of Leading Airlines on Social Media This evening, the top finalists of 5th Annual SimpliFlying Awards shared the best of their social media milestones at the Travel Distribution Summit hosted by EyeforTravel in New York City. Show More Summary

When the Pressure is Gone

Socata TBM 900 N900KN in better days – Photo: scotch-canadian – Throughout the past 35 years, there have been several high-profile cases of aircraft crashes due to cabin depressurization, with one of these being an airliner. Aircraft pressurization is actually a pretty simple process on modern aircraft, and is almost always computer-controlled. Aircraft [...]Show More Summary

Hidden agenda behind carry on crackdown on low cost carriers

There is so much more going on in airline attempts to break passenger habits than the carry-on baggage crack downs by Jetstar and now Tigerair. Put into the frame of self service kiosks, reduced or eliminated person to person check-ins, and scope for tap-on direct access to jet boarding using your ‘smart’ phone, the kerfuffle [...]

[Presentation] Future of travel marketing – in the age of mobile and wearables #TDSusa

I had the opportunity today to deliver a keynote presentation at the Eyefortravel Travel Distribution Summit in New York City. I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Google, Sabre and IHG. The focus of my presentation was to provide...Show More Summary

Beyond the Tower: The Controllers That Guide You the Rest of the Way

Real-time air traffic map courtesy Almost without fail, the question I get immediately following, “What do you do?” is, “Oh, so you work at the tower?” I’ve been a controller for nine years now, and no, I’ve never worked at a tower. I actually work in a big windowless building, nowhere near an [...]Show More Summary

Qantas flies outside the box with WestJet in Canada deal

If likes attract Qantas would have today announced a new code share deal with Air Canada, but it has gone instead for one with Canada’s newer and notably entrepreneurial carrier WestJet. If some of the intelligence in the travel trade is correct, Qantas has also made the right call. WestJet has been eating Air Canada [...]

Which were the best airline marketing campaigns in August 2014? Find out in our Airline Marketing Benchmark Report

Jointly produced by SimpliFlying, and industry and consumer trends research agency,, the highly-acclaimed Airline Marketing Benchmark Report analyses a wide range of airline marketing case studies each month. Disover 15 new innovative airline marketing campaigns. Show More Summary

Frontier Airlines Shows Off New Livery (With Classic Features)

Frontier Airlines’ new livery, which draws upon their history – Photo: Blaine Nickeson | AirlineReporter Frontier Airlines, the Denver-based carrier which has recently been pushing towards “ultra-low-cost carrier” status, today revealed a new livery which draws upon their history. Show More Summary

Southwest Unveils New Livery in Dallas

The first Boeing 737 (Heart One) in Southwest’s new livery – Photo: Mal Muir On a sunny Texas Monday morning, Southwest gathered hundreds of its employees, along with media from all over the country, to reveal a mystery that had been partially hinted at in previous days. Hints, rumors, and gossip pointed to a [...]Show More Summary

MH17 “It seems the target is falling apart”

Shortly after MH17 stopped talking to Ukraine ATC on 17 July, they called Russian controllers who were also watching it on their radar and who said “… it seems the target is falling apart”. It was the moment when all 298 people on board the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER were either dead or about to [...]

Boeing, Ryanair bring wet-your-pants cheap flights closer

Now draws closer the hour(s) of our incontinency as well as discontent. Even piddling little flights lasting only 40 minutes between take off an touch down can take more than an hour when you add in taxying times, air traffic delays and a lack of immediately free gates or even hard stands. Yet overnight Boeing [...]

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