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Xiamen Airlines Takes Delivery of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Xiamen’s first Boeing 787 conducting test flights at Paine Field – Photo: The Boeing Company On Friday, another airline took delivery of their first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner; Xiamen Airlines. This event was special for the airline, since the 787 is the first wide-body to join their fleet. The airline currently operates Boeing 737-700s, 737-800s [...]Show More Summary

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

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

Planespotter’s Bucket List: A Day at Maho Beach, St. Martin (SXM)

Air Caraibes Airbus A330 over the bay, about to land – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter My fiancee and I, chatting earlier this year while I was at my computer: “Hey sweetie, did you realize our honeymoon cruise stops for a day at St. Martin?” “Um, I think so, yea…” “Did you know that [...]Show More Summary

Catching Up with the Mitsubishi MRJ Regional Jet

Composite image of the Mitsubishi MRJ – Image: Mitsubishi This story was written by John Cameron for AirlineReporter. The MRJ will be the first airliner designed and produced in Japan since the 1960s. A bright new day will soon be dawning in the world of commercial aviation as a new breed of narrow-body jets [...]

“Slovak Force One” – My First Flight on a Russian TU-154

The Slovak Government Tupolev Tu-154M – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter Not too many opportunities exist in this day and age where one can still take flight on a classic Russian aircraft, let alone in a VIP configuration. Recently, I was fortunate enough to be invited to take part in a flight onboard a [...]

Australia’s big shed full of classic aircraft falls briefly silent

The hangar is being rendered compliant with fire safety regulations, something important in these times when 'run for your life' no longer rules, as it used to at the first sign of smoke or flames.

Etihad Airways Shows Off A380 Residence – A True Class Above First

A private jet beating double bed will be part of Etihad’s A380 Residence. Rendering – Etihad Airways When I awoke yesterday to news that Etihad had launched a single cabin “residence” aboard their A380, I was suspicious. A lot of airlines have said that their A380 suite product was a class above first. I’ll [...]Show More Summary

SimpliFlying in The News – April 2014: Aviation Marketing Insights in USA Today, Airport World and more!

In this age of increased connectivity and mobility, how exactly can airports tap into the connected travellers market? This is one of the many questions we tackle with our column in Airport World magazine, Airport Marketing Exchange....Show More Summary

Welcoming Aer Lingus Back to Canada

Celebrating Aer Lingus’ return to Toronto – Photo: Philip Debski Back on April 14, 2014, Aer Lingus officially launched its comeback to Canada. That Monday was dark and wet, with pouring rain, when flight ‘Shamrock 1 Mike 9? (129 in the reservation system) landed for the first time in Toronto (YYZ). The company has [...]Show More Summary

Who is Onboard?

Patrick Smith at AskThePilot.com has ranted on a subject I have ranted on before. There are at minimum two people working in an airline cockpit. Both are pilots. Why do the media pretend there is only one? This isn't a new thing. Ernest Gann started out as a copilot in the... Show More Summary

Air Canada baggage toss video requires deeper thinking about passenger experience #paxEx

Darren Van Slyke is an Air Canada million miler, and a fan of the airline. On April 17, 2014, he was traveling from Toronto to Vancouver, on the airline’s brand new Boeing 777. Seated next to him was Dwayne Stewart. Both of them were in Premium Economy. Show More Summary

British Airways Visit Soon tugs on the heartstrings, with Tourism Australia #visitsoon

Imagine you have gone to watch a movie in the theatre. And it turns to be about your family! That’s exactly what happened to Alec and Catherine, two elderly British couple whose daughter moved to Australia with her family a few years...Show More Summary

BIG TRIP: 6 Flights; 24,000 Miles; 3 Continents; and an 8-Month-Old

Start ‘em early! Author’s son planespotting at SFO. Photo: David Delagarza “That’s insane.” That seemed to be the reaction most people, many of whom were seasoned fliers, had to our plan. My wife and I had schemed it up over a year ago while she was pregnant with our first child. We had always [...]Show More Summary

[Interview] Boeing’s Randy Tinseth on the future of aviation in Asia Pacific

Randy Tinseth has an enviable job if you are into aviation – as the Vice President, Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, he gets to travel the world, painting the vision of what the future of aviation would look like. Many aviation...Show More Summary

[Interview] Nok Air CEO Patee Sarasin: How to to build a likable airline brand

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with many talented airline executives at a personal level. Few in Asia have exuded the charisma of Patee Sarasin, the outspoken CEO of Thailand’s Nok Air. Perhaps that comes from him...Show More Summary

Airline Livery of the Week: Blue1 and Their Boeing 717 Fleet

A Blue1 Boeing 717 in Manchester – Photo: Ken Fielding Blue1, which is a member of Star Alliance, is based in Copenhagen and is owned by the SAS Group. Their fleet of nine Boeing 717s fly to destinations around Europe, but mostly within Finland. BONUS: Video of Blue1 Boeing 717 They offer wet leases [...]Show More Summary

SimpliFlying in The News – March 2014: Aviation Marketing Insights in Wall Street Journal, BBC, Channel News Asia and more!

Aside from sharing some of our takes on recent news in March, SimpliFlying continues to advocate for airlines to engage today’s connected travellers. It is important that airlines do not forget to bring it all back to the organisational business objectives. Show More Summary

[Event] Leading Travel Brands Discuss Social Strategy in New York. Have you booked your place? #SimpliSkift

Social Media Best Practices From Travel’s Most Socially Effective Brands New York City | March 25, 2014 115 West 30th Street, #1213, New York NY 11109     Early Bird Price | Expired Regular Price | USD 495 per person Major travel brands...Show More Summary

SimpliFlying in The News – January, February 2014: Aviation Marketing Insights in BBC, Channel News Asia and more!

The first two months of 2014 has seen some exciting moments for SimpliFlying as our CEO, Shashank Nigam, was featured on BBC and Channel News Asia sharing his take on the Singapore Airshow.   In addition to the usual excitement around...Show More Summary

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