Aviation Geek

By John Mayson | A magazine for aviation enthusiasts.

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 …

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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, …

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United Air Overhauls Passenger Bumping Rules after Dragging Incident

Better Boarding<p>United Airlines released a report today promising to turn over a new leaf on the way it handles bumping passengers sparked by the …

The Best Airline First and Business Class Meals in the World

Food takes off<p>Economy meals on most airlines with international flights are pretty basic: a meat (or vegetarian) entree, a starch, a salad and a …

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

Society may be addicted to its gadgets, but more international travelers may have to learn how to do without them while flying into the United States — if the federal government has its way.<p>The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is looking at adding more airports to its ban on certain electronic …

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Road Warriors Share their Favorite Airport Lounges

Lounging in Luxury<p>Airport lounges often offer a respite from the gates and food courts of the busiest airports in the world. But how does one lounge …

The Best -- and the Worst -- in Airport Wi-Fi

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

In China, a Politicized View of the United Airlines Debacle

At around 7 P.M. on April 9th, at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, a police officer who had been summoned to a United Airlines flight heading to Louisville, Kentucky, wrenched an elderly man from his seat and dragged him down the aisle for the crime of refusing to give up the spot he’d paid for. The …

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Emirates trims US flights after Trump administration curbs

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, said on Wednesday it is cutting flights to the United States because of a drop in demand caused by tougher U.S. security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travelers from Muslim-majority nations.<p>The …

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Pilot charged after loaded gun found by baggage screeners

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A Southwest Airlines pilot has been arrested on a weapons charge in New York after airport security officers found a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag.<p>Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says 55-year-old Erik Gibson was slated to pilot a flight to Tampa, Florida, on Monday …

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Delta lifts cap for voluntary bumping to $9,950

Delta Air Lines began Friday offering its agents greater flexibility for dealing with overbooked flights, including eye-popping compensation up to $9,950 to travelers who agree to give up their seats.<p>While it sounds generous, tickets themselves such as a last-minute fare from Atlanta to …

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What nationality are babies born at 35,000ft - and do they get free flights for life?

Shona Owen holds perhaps one of the world’s most peculiar passports.<p>Under place of birth, instead of the likes of Birkenhead, Basildon or Bournemouth, it is marked as “on an aeroplane 10 miles south of Mayfield, Sussex”.<p>What the document does not note is that she was delivered at 7,000 feet above …

50 years ago today, the @Boeing 737 flew for the first time. Half a century later, she rests at @museumofflight while the MAX lurks nearby. https://t.co/cj61QKmRLD

Ethiopian, Singapore airlines to expand codeshare

Star Alliance members, Addis-Ababa-based Ethiopian Airlines and Singapore Airlines will expand their codeshare agreement as of June 1, offering …

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Norwegian to launch two new transatlantic routes from Gatwick

Low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian will begin 4X-weekly London Gatwick-Seattle, Washington services from Sept.17, and 3X-weekly flights to Denver, …

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Electronics ban at foreign airports could expand

The ban on electronic devices on board some direct flights to the United States could expand to include more airports and devices, the Department of …

Music returns to Pittsburgh International Airport

Thursday afternoons are now a great to time to be stuck at Pittsburgh International Airport.<p>Starting today, the airport brings backs its Thursday …

Airports

AirAsia Wants a Piece of The Growing Travel Market in Vietnam

AirAsia Bhd., the low-cost carrier headed by Malaysian tycoon Tony Fernandes, plans to start a Vietnamese carrier in a local partnership, as cheap …

Lufthansa Will Expand Its Eurowings Brand as Budget Carrier Fight Heats Up

Deutsche Lufthansa AG wants to add long-distance airplanes to its low-cost Eurowings arm as competition for discount travelers from Europe to the …

Alitalia May Face Cash Crunch Within Weeks

Italy is considering emergency financing for Alitalia as the carrier risks running out of cash in a few weeks because investors and creditors are …

Private Jets Inc. to set 2 jets in Austin for business travelers - Austin Business Journal

Private Jets Inc. is launching an Austin base of operations.<p>Pinkypills<p>Austin business travelers have another option for chartered flights. Private …

United Airlines Opens New Checkpoint at Newark

<b>MIAMI</b> — United Airlines has opened its automated security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C, and it includes Premier …

Airports

US Bans Personal Electronic Devices on Non-Stop Flights to US from Mideast and Africa

<b>MIAMI —</b> The US government has instructed to nine foreign airlines in the Middle East and Africa that personal electronic devices larger than …

Electronics

Delta to Begin Seattle to Chicago-O’Hare Service

<b>MIAMI —</b> Delta Air Lines will be adding three daily flights to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) from Seattle, starting June 19.The route, …

Airlines

Ryanair Takes Delivery of its 450th Boeing 737-800

<b>MIAMI</b> — Ryanair has taken delivery of its 450th Boeing 737-800 jetliner. The Irish low-cost carrier has been taking 25 aircraft of the type per year …

Aviation

Visiting Lufthansa Technik Malta: How to Install Inflight Wi-Fi

Up to date, 57 Lufthansa narrow-body A320 family aircraft have been equipped with antennas that give passengers the possibility to be linked to the …

Aviation

Analysis: The Rise, Fall, and Eventual Resurgence of the Middle East’s Airline Giants – Part I

<b>MIAMI</b> — The biggest aviation story of the last four decades (basically since deregulation of airlines in the United States) has been the rise of the …

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