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Cathay Pacific Concludes 747 Service to North America

Cathay cabin crew lined up to bid farewell to their North American 747 operations – Photo: Cathay Pacific Airways On August 13, 2014 Cathay Pacific Airways operated its last 747 flight of any sort to North America. This is an iconic moment, as Cathay Pacific has been flying the 747 to North America, starting [...]Show More Summary

CSeries sackings reflect public relations realities

When you screw up, you get rid of those media and industry relations figures who will get grilled over their prior delivery of dubious or failed guidance.

Paper or Plastic?

So we're about to evaluate the electronic cockpit. That is have all the charts on an iPad. Eliminate the two boxes of maps in the cockpit, the express ordering of charts for regions we suddenly have to venture, the hunt for a vendorShow More Summary

China’s Comac 919 reveals the tip of a mystery

There have been many dismissive and patronising western media stories about the c919. They will all end up on the wrong side of history.

Ultimate Airline Livery Challenge #8 – Show Your AvGeek!

How well do you know your airline liveries? It is that time again to show how awesome you are at guessing airline liveries. How this works is I give you 12 small parts of an airline and you need to tell me: #1 what airline does it belong to and #2 what kind of [...] The post Ultimate Airline Livery Challenge #8 – Show Your AvGeek! appeared first on

Dallas does a light rail link to DFW for a mere $US 2.50

The light rail link that opened between Dallas Fort Worth airport and downtown Dallas overnight mightn’t be all that useful to Qantas passengers flying to DFW to do business in the sprawling Texas city but check out the fare, just $US 2.50! It’s a stunning reminder that the funding and pricing of private public partnership [...]

Huh! Truss says 2nd Sydney Airport won’t grow all that much

Incredulity Anyone familiar with the history of trade negotiations and air traffic treaties in Australia would wonder why someone who would know those processes as well as the National’s leader and deputy PM Warren Truss said what he was reported as saying about Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek yesterday. The papers agree in their [...]

Flight Review: Experiencing Spirit’s “Bare Fare” Model Firsthand

Spirit’s first flight out of Kansas City receives a dual water cannon salute – Photo: Aaron Wright, KC Aviation Dept. It’s true, people vehemently despise Spirit Airlines. Just the mention of the company elicits emotion-filled horror stories. Indeed they have a solid 1 out of 5 star rating on TripAdvisor, and they are frequently [...]Show More Summary

AIRPORTS – SimpliFlying Awards for Excellence in Social Media Airports 2014

SimpliFlying Awards 2014 for Airports SimpliFlying researches over 600 airlines and airports every 60 days and airport marketing is certainly picking up pace in recent years. The SimpliFlying Awards for Excellence in Social Media Airports 2014 honour airports that push the frontier of innovative marketing in this age of connected traveller. Show More Summary

Qantas wins on punctuality, skies go dark with delayed Virgins

Qantas has just reminded everyone of something that counts more than points, lounges, or even legroom, when it comes to the serious need to fly a lot. It’s really all about punctuality.  Because flying itself is about saving time.  And if your 8.30 am flight to wherever takes off at 9.30 am, or worse, your [...]

Clock to start soon on 2nd Sydney Airport monopoly rort talks

Will Sydney Airport exercise its right to screw the city by controlling its second airport? The clock on a screw-non screw decision starts ticking in the official consultative process on 30 September

Burned, frozen and blasted comet world comes into sharper focus

At a time when some out of this world science may come as a relief from current events the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe, now flying in tandem with periodical comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko hasn’t disappointed. What the larger section of this Rosetta image shows is part of the broad base of the cometary mass, maybe [...]

Tell Me Something I Need to Know

when I was a student pilot I bought a trifold kneeboard. It consisted of a small metal clipboard inside a sturdy nylon array of pockets that could open out to cover slightly more than my lap, with a velcro strap to hold it on my leg....Show More Summary

Ebola virus crisis accelerates, and will affect air travel

It’s time for airlines and travellers to accept the realities of the outbreak of the ebola virus and its implications for society which could make disrupted travel plans seem the least of the world’s concerns. The urgency of the situation is reflected in a rising number of mainstream media reports this morning. The good news, [...]

The Marines Visit Seattle

A MV-22B Osprey on approach to Boeing Field Summer in Seattle means lots of things to locals in the Pacific Northwest. Long days with the sun setting at 10pm, with Mt. Rainier standing out tall and proud in the skyline. Blue skies, sun, and outdoor fun, but most of all it means one thing [...] The post The Marines Visit Seattle appeared first on

Why are Airlines Continually Ordering Larger Aircraft?

United recently swapped their remaining 787-8 orders for 787-10s. This, however is a -9 – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter Boeing sees a market for 36,770 new aircraft between 2014 and 2033; only 2,490 of them are in the “regional” category. They are also clear to not differentiate the single-aisle market by size, but [...]Show More Summary

MH17 preliminary report due first week of September

The Netherlands investigation into the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on 17 July will be released in the first week of September. Such interim or preliminary reports usually work to a 30 day reporting deadline under ICAO rules, however the formalisation of the transfer of authority to conduct the investigation from [...]

Aviation Geek Fest 2015 Dates Set

We heard the feedback from many of you! Aviation Geek Fest 2015 will NOT be over the Valentine’s Day weekend (also Presidents Day weekend). AGF15 will be held on February 21st and 22nd, 2015 in Seattle. I know you want more details, but at this time, that is all that we have. In the [...] The post Aviation Geek Fest 2015 Dates Set appeared first on

Announcing the Best Airlines in Social Media at SimpliFlying Awards 2014 – Top 3 Finalists

Thank you for supporting the SimpliFlying Awards 2014 with all your votes! After receiving almost 40,000 votes from the public (making up 30% of total score) and judging by our highly-esteemed jury (making up 70% of total score), we are pleased to announce the Top 3 Finalists for our airline categories in this year’s SimpliFlying Awards 2014. Show More Summary

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