Aviation Geek

By John Mayson | A magazine for aviation enthusiasts.

Frontier Airlines launches nonstop service to Ontario, CA

<i>Cutting the ribbon at Frontier Airlines’ Flight Launch to Ontario, CA: Walter Zaykowski, Austin Chamber...</i>

Airlines

United Is Fighting Low-Cost Rivals With Cheap Fares as Investors Worry

Last year, United Airlines soared 27 percent, surpassing rivals as investors cheered a new management team’s turnaround plan. This year, shares are …

Airlines

The Boeing 747 Came In With A Bang And Now It Will Go Out With One

U.S. Airlines are vying for attention as the Boeing 747 leaves their fleets, just as they did when it entered their fleets in 1970.<p>And the world’s aviation geeks are watching closely.<p>United announced Monday that its final Boeing 747 flight will take place Nov. 7 with a celebratory recreation of its …

Aviation

Thompson Vantage Solo sets the bar for premium narrowbody business - Runway Girl

Fully flat business class beds with direct aisle access on narrowbody aircraft will become increasingly important in the next cycle of airline …

No Plane Left Behind: JetBlue Has Evacuated All Aircraft From Florida

In February 2000, a brand new airline celebrated its first-ever flight, between New York’s JFK and Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL). Since then, that …

Aviation

European Legacy Airlines Need to Merge Budget Carriers to Compete With Ryanair and EasyJet

Europe’s major airlines may need to consider merging their low-cost arms in order to fend off the challenge of discount specialists led by Ryanair …

Delta Paid One Woman $4,000 to Give Up Her Seat

This is a total 180.<p>A few months ago, you couldn’t look at social media without seeing a video clip from the latest airline debacle. Now it seems like airline companies are making up for lost time... or just bad policies. Case in point: Delta paid a passenger $4000 to give up her seat on Friday.<p>The …

Airlines

Some #PaxEx clients firing PR firm Bell Pottinger after scandal - Runway Girl

Some #PaxEx clients of public relations firm Bell Pottinger are severing arrangements with the firm, which stands accused of stirring up racial …

U.S. airlines come out in favour of Bombardier in dispute with Boeing

Two U.S.-based airlines have decided to make themselves heard in the dispute between Boeing and Bombardier by asking U.S. authorities to reject the …

Quebec

Budget Airlines Lead Fare Wars in the U.S. That Are 'Painful' to Legacy Rivals

For travelers, it’s been an airfare party this summer with many domestic flights cheaper than a nice bottle of wine. Chicago to Los Angeles can be …

The Family-Friendly Private Jet Takes Off

BUSINESS FLIERS eager to preserve their sanity despite a Beyonce-like schedule have long justified the exorbitant expense of traveling by private jet. But shouldn’t the same cost-benefit analysis apply to your most precious asset: vacation time?<p>Aircraft makers are betting that at least a handful of …

Aerospace

Airlines Are Offering a New Way to Get Upgraded. Here's How to Score a First Class Seat

Get ready to bid.<p><i>Bid Now For a Chance to Upgrade!</i><p>If you’ve purchased an international flight over the past year, you’ve probably received an email …

Airlines

JetBlue Is Capping Prices for Direct Flights Out of Florida at $99 Before Irma Hits

They're normally three times that much.<p>As Hurricane Irma hammers the Caribbean and could soon be wreaking havoc in Florida, JetBlue Airways is …

JetBlue wants to turn you (yes, you!) into an airplane pilot

Hey you: Want to be an airplane pilot?<p>JetBlue is preparing for a looming pilot shortage by expanding its first-of-its-kind training program that takes regular schmos (like you!) and turns them into high-flying commercial airplane pilots. Boeing estimates there will be about 117,000 pilot jobs that …

Aviation

What It Takes to Build the Perfect Premium Airport Lounge

As friction is being removed from the check-in process and security with programs in the United States including Clear and Pre-Check (as well as …

10 Airlines That Actually Existed in the 1980s

Some of these companies succeeded wildly before the proverbial crash to earth, while others were so far-fetched they never even took off.<p>Back in the go-go 1980s, the airline business was like catnip to any self-respecting (or self-aggrandizing) entrepreneur. Newly deregulated, the airlines appeared …

Airlines

First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator

SINGAPORE/PARIS (Reuters) - The first Airbus (AIR.PA) A380 superjumbo to fly passengers almost a decade ago has been taken out of service by Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI), highlighting a debate over the future of the world’s largest airliners.<p>An Airbus A380-841 airplane of Singapore Airlines …

Aviation

Download these 15 air travel apps now!

01 of 15<p>This new app, unveiled at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, brings food and retail items to travelers. The app …

Qantas extending free on-board Wi-Fi to second aircraft

Qantas has built out new ViaSat Wi-Fi technology onto a second domestic aircraft ahead of extending the service to an additional eight planes by the …

Wi-Fi

Here's the simple reason why planes have winglets

Ever look out the window of a plane or watch as it pulls up to the gate?<p>Have you ever wondered why some planes have pointy bits at the ends of the wings?<p>What you see are "winglets," and they have essentially become standard equipment on all new airliners.<p>Why are they there?<p>"Winglets help reduce the …

Aerospace

Designing an Airline Seat From Scratch Is Not as Easy as it Looks

When EnCore, a company that makes components for aircraft interiors, including galleys, which might cost $300,000 per plane, set out to build coach …

Inside the factory where Rolls-Royce produces one of the greenest jet engines ever made

British manufacturer Rolls-Royce lifted the lid on its shiny new factory for jet engines this week.<p>The Trent XWB engine will be used in Airbus' A350 XWB aircraft, and it's one of the quietest and fuel efficient jet engines ever produced.<p>Rolls-Royce invited company executives, German officials, …

Aviation

United Air Overhauls Passenger Bumping Rules after Dragging Incident

United Airlines released a report today promising to turn over a new leaf on the way it handles bumping passengers sparked by the forcible removal of …

The Best Airline First and Business Class Meals in the World

01 of 15<p>Canada's flag carrier has tapped Vancouver-based Chef David Hawksworth to oversee the meals in its international business class cabin. …

Spirit Air Pilots Won't Contest Judge's Order Over Job Action

Spirit Airlines says union pilots have agreed to extend indefinitely an injunction barring them from conducting a work slowdown while the two sides …

What you can — and can't — bring into the cabin of a plane

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Road Warriors Share their Favorite Airport Lounges

01 of 09<p>Chris McGinnis, the founder of Travel Skills Group, Inc., which offers money-saving, comfort-enhancing travel advice, travels once or twice a …

The Best (and the Worst) Airport Wi-Fi

Travelers are so tethered to their smartphones, tablets and laptops these days that they expect to get free, high-speed Wi-Fi when they get to the …