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American 737-800 aircraft at Washington Reagan National Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ryan Ewing)

Opinion: The U.S. Should Reconsider How it Handles Unruly Passenger Incidents

As a country, the U.S. needs to seriously re-evaluate how it deals with the rise in unruly passenger cases onboard flights nationwide. An astonishing 5,981 cases of unruly behavior onboard commercial aircraft were reported to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2021. Despite this high number, 350 enforcement actions were issued by the FAA’s investigations office. Only 6% of these unruly passenger cases were enforced by the aviation regulator in 2021. This is a classic example of agency bureaucracy getting…

Opinion: Is This The End For Jumbo Jets?

Taking a flight down memory lane to the aviation market in the 1960s and all the way till the early 2000s, airlines then needed bigger aircraft capacity to ferry as many passengers as possible for a variety of reasons that still exists today - from weeding out the competition to…

Opinion: Air Cargo Is Booming

Just over a century ago on November 7, 1910, the first-ever cargo flight took place between Dayton, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio with a package of 200 pounds of silk on a relatively small aircraft. Fast forward to modern times, and we have much larger aircraft for cargo operations with numerous…

Opinion: Spectre of Meltdowns Looms Over Holiday Travel

More so than usual, airlines in the U.S. need to brace for the upcoming holiday season this year. After what was essentially a muted holiday season last year, the seams have burst and flyers are getting back to the skies in droves for the holidays. People are eager to see…

Opinion: A Look at Emirates’ Skywards Loyalty Progam

Previously we discussed Qatar Airways’ loyalty program and their plans within the United States. In continuing with the theme of evaluating Middle Eastern airline loyalty programs, AirlineGeeks recently had the opportunity to pick the brain of Dr. Nejib Ben Khedher, Divisional Vice President of Emirates Skywards to really understand how…

Opinion: As Borders Open, the Travel Industry Must Create A…

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a deserved domestic focus on dealing with the immediate Covid-19 outbreaks within individual countries. This resulted in the implementation of travel restrictions and the closing of borders to non-essential international travel. Recently Reuters reported that the U.S. will reopen its borders…

Opinion: Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club Has A Lot of Potential

As the pandemic hopefully turns a corner, it is time for airlines to really get back to competing with each other. One place they’re going to have to do that is with loyalty programs, which are and will continue to be useful tools to drive repeat customers and build brand…

Opinion: United’s Pilot Recruitment Policy Is the Right Move —…

“Our flight deck should reflect the diverse group of people onboard our planes every day. That’s why we plan for 50% of the 5,000 pilots we train in the next decade to be women or people of color.” That is the leading line from United's announcement last week that it…

Opinion: Airlines Are Shilling for Third Bailout. That Can’t Happen.

Late last year, the impending arrival of vaccines for COVID-19 stood as a glimmer of hope for the travel industry. Many thought vaccines would help travel return and begin down the path toward normalcy for airlines. But even now, with multiple vaccines beginning distribution, that optimism has quickly soured. There…

Opinion: It’s Time for Airline Loyalty Programs to Add Value

Over the past several years, airlines in the U.S. have gorged on easy business, many making money hand over fist. This led to some brazen liberties taken by three of major U.S. airlines to devalue their loyalty programs. The logic was simple: they were making tons of money, so what…