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OPINION: The New Air Canada Livery Makes Me Hate Myself!

NO! Okay. There. I said what we were all thinking as Canadian AvGeeks. I just can’t. I am not a fan of Air Canada’s new look. I want to understand the decisions behind this branding. Except, when I look at it I see nothing but bad things. Show More Summary

UW Bus-Rail Integration is More Important than Ever

As the One Center City project proposes removing SR 520 buses from Downtown Seattle, minor design flaws at UW Station will become all the more prominent, and the success of truncating buses at UW depends on fixing them. There is enormous promise for the concept. Route 545, for example, spends half its running time between International District […]

Why Tom Nealon as Southwest President is good news

Southwest recently announced the appointment of Tom Nealon as its new President, replacing Gary Kelly. While Tom is well known inside the airline, not many may be familiar with his style outside Southwest. I’d like to share an edited excerpt from my book SOAR, which us gives a glimpse inside Tom Nealon’s mind. Show More Summary

PHOTOS: Airbus Beluga XL Becoming a Reality

When living large is just not good enough, you need to live XL — Beluga XL that is! Airbus is in process of upgrading their “oversize cargo airlifter” and recently shared some photos of its progress. The new model will replace the five...Show More Summary

C-Tran Welcomes Vine, Washington’s 2nd True Bus Rapid Transit Line

Clark County and Vancouver, WA aren’t exactly known for transit. Often seen as the Republican yin to Portland’s yang, where the dream of the suburbs is alive, Vancouver gets a bad rap. Local Republicans (often led by the gleefully antagonistic Don Benton) have been exceptionally hostile to both Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and to extending MAX […]

Airline Marketing Campaigns We Loved in 2016

Every month SimpliFlying produces a premium Airline Marketing Benchmark Report, where we go over the best campaigns of the previous month. Here are some of our favourite airline marketing campaigns from 2016 that were featured in different...Show More Summary


What got in me is something more than envy.I should be above it I know, but I just can't let it go. - Jennifer Nettles, "Jealousy" This is "Confessions of a Train Geek", so I have something to confess: sometimes I am jealous of other...Show More Summary

Sounders Victory Parade Downtown Mid-Day Tuesday

Sound Wave, Sounders FC’s marching band, video by padge6108 In what is becoming a fun but disruptive tradition, Seattle will be holding a victory parade for another sportsball champion, the Seattle Sounders, who will take over a swath of north downtown mid-day Tuesday. We’ve heard that the march/parade route will begin at Westlake Park at […]

The SimpliFlying compulsory leave experiment – the results are in!

The work culture experiment In April this year, we kick-started the latest work experiment at SimpliFlying – compulsory one week of leave every seven weeks for all staff. Of course, the leaves had to be staggered, but the key was the staff had to be completely cut off from work. Show More Summary

Airline marketing on a high with the #mannequinchallenge

This November was probably the month of the Mannequin Challenge — a viral Internet trend of short videos of people remaining frozen in action with Rae Sremmurd’s song “Black Beatles” playing in the background. This challenge was taken...Show More Summary

3 Cheers for Brenda

TBM Cutterhead Lift 120516 30s from Sound Transit Video on Vimeo. Though Sound Transit’s Tunnel Boring Maching #1 (formerly ‘Brenda’) reached UW station in September, Sound Transit only retrieved the cutter head yesterday (because football). TBM #1 has been a true workhorse for Sound Transit, completing 6 of the 10 tunnel segments for University Link […]

Skies between Australia-China suddenly thrown wide open

Unlimited risks and rewards come to air routes between Australia and China The post Skies between Australia-China suddenly thrown wide open appeared first on Plane Talking.

Sunday Open Thread: 24 hours of Metro in 2014

Mesmerizing visualization of 24 hours of bus service across King County circa 2014. You can see the huge influx of buses into downtown Seattle in the morning, the thinning of service later in the evening, and the pulses of buses departing transit centers among many activities. The buses move in straight line between stops, so […]

Lethbridge's High Level Bridge

Potash train crossing Lethbridge's High Level Bridge Lethbridge, Alberta hosts the largest conventional trestle railroad bridge ever built, the High Level Bridge. This bridge was started during 1908 and was completed in 1909, and isShow More Summary

PHOTOS: Alaska Airlines’ Newest Special Livery Honors Veterans

Coinciding with the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Alaska Airlines has unveiled its newest special livery, a patriotic-themed scheme titled “Honoring Those Who Serve.” The Oct. 26 event had all the seriousness and dignity of a military...Show More Summary

Popping By KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ San Francisco Pop-Up

KLM: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a … radio station, maybe? Actually you were right the second time. But despite its proud 97-year history in aviation, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines still isn’t a recognizable brand name for a lot of Americans (AvGeeks excluded, of course). Show More Summary

Tear Down Key Arena for Housing

The last time we had a civic discussion about a new basketball/hockey arena, let’s just say it didn’t go well. There was politically convenient fear mongering about our Working Waterfront and industrial jobs. There was the hypocritical HIGHF (Hey! I Got Here First!) form of corporate NIMBYism from the Seattle Mariners. There was charmingly predictable concern trolling […]

Airlines in SOAR have almost double the average airline profit margins

At the official launch party of SOAR in London last month, about a hundred aviation industry executives and journalists received special preview copies of my new book. One of the people who received it was Dr. James Pearson, a Senior Lecturer and Course Director of Aviation Management at Coventry University in the UK. Show More Summary

Sunday Open Thread: Off the Rails

OFF THE RAILS – Official Trailer from Adam Irving on Vimeo. Sorry for the late notice, but this movie is screening at Grand Cinema in Tacoma on TODAY at 2pm (part of the Tacoma Film Festival).

A Different Perspective

"It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view." - George Eliot, "Middlemarch"I've photographed VIA Rail's Canadian in Winnipeg many times... 131 times at the time of writing. That's a lot! I've shotShow More Summary

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