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The rear economy class cabin consisting solely of standard economy seats as indicated by the all-blue seats. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Opinion: Is History Repeating Itself?

As the airline industry grapples with the health and economic consequences of COVID-19, one might be tempted to look at how the world managed and recovered from the world’s last major pandemic, the Spanish Flu of 1918. The Spanish flu infected about 500 million people worldwide and claimed around 50 million lives—including about 675,000 Americans, or about 0.67% of the country’s population. In comparison, the current pandemic has affected 28 million and resulted in 900,000 deaths worldwide to date. While…

A Personal Look Back: Air India Was Once A World…

These days, many people in and around the industry see Air India as a poorly run airline that most avoid flying if they can help it. They’re known for poor on-time performance, rundown planes, indifferent staff and more. A quick search online results in dozens of bad reviews for every…

Opinion: U.S. Major Airlines Won’t Return to Normal Together

Everyone knows the aviation industry is in turmoil. We’ve been hearing about it since March, where people began to realize the impact on the industry would be bigger than what happened to it through 9/11, the 2008 financial crash and the Oil Crisis put together. Initially, it was the drop…

Opinion: Will Passengers Return to the 737 MAX?

With certification steps entering into the final stages, the 737 MAX is expected to return to revenue service by year-end. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently conducted test flights with its engineers and pilots on board, a major step in the re-certification of the 737 MAX following its grounding after…

Opinion: The Boeing 747 Changed the World Like None Other

This week we faced some sad news. It was slipped to us right before the start of the holiday weekend and it didn’t get much attention outside of the aviation community, but for us, the news hit home hard. It wasn’t anything we weren’t expecting. We knew it was coming,…

Opinion: Don’t Fault Airlines For Not Blocking the Middle Seat

Over the course of the past few months, airlines have taken a number of different measures to do their part to curb the spread of COVID-19. Most have mandated that passengers wear masks onboard. Some have scaled back their food and beverage services, as well as cut back their amenities…

Opinion: Third Party Suppliers, as Well as the Airlines, Are…

The impact of the pandemic on airlines globally has been well documented. With many airlines reporting 70 to 90 percent reductions year-on-year (YoY) in scheduled flying, airline planners and analyst have been sent scurrying to mitigate the financial and human impacts. But the losses seen by the airlines extend well…

Opinion: Cuts in Onboard Service Impact Brand Image

As the airline industry tries to return from a brutal few months, there are a lot of changes that are happening to how people travel. Airports will now require social distancing, temperatures will be checked often and passengers' surroundings will be cleaned much more frequently. Until a vaccine or highly…

Opinion: Pilot and Technician Career Outlook Post-Pandemic Still Promising

Once again, airlines across the globe are facing stiff headwinds, this time due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Travel bans and general health fears have driven customers away forcing airlines to reinvent themselves to keep the lights on. Government stimulus monies often come with restrictions and limitations and do not…

Opinion: Better to Prepare For Airline Doomsday

The airline day of reckoning is coming if everything continues on its current path. The bailout money airlines got this spring will hold them over until September 30 on the condition that payroll is maintained. Airlines, especially JetBlue and United Airlines, have become creative to find loopholes around this condition,…