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Opinion: Airbus and Boeing Need to Be Wary of Comac

Recently it was announced that the three largest state-owned Chinese carriers have placed orders for the Chinese manufactured Comac ARJ21-700. The 90 seater single aisle aircraft are to be used by Air China, China Southern, and China Eastern primarily as capacity expansion and feeder flights. This is the first major order for the Comac ARJ21. The aircraft is essentially a poorly designed copy cat of a McDonnell Douglas MD-80 which were at one time produced in China. The aircraft has…

Opinion: Why I Will Dearly Miss American’s ‘Super 80s’

Call me dramatic, perhaps a bit over-emotional, or nostalgic, but I am indeed in love with American’s long-time workhorse MD-80 fleet. While other airlines, including Delta, will continue to operate the type after American retires theirs on Wednesday, Sept. 4, there are many things that make AA’s ‘Super 80s’ stand…

Opinion: Chinese Crackdown on Cathay Pacific Sets Bad Precedent

On Aug. 14, 2019, the aviation world was stunned by Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg's decision to step down amid protests in Hong Kong. Though not officially confirmed, it is apparent that the resignation was Beijing’s response to news that Cathay Pacific employees were participating in protests. Hogg, the person…

Opinion: Chinese Crackdown on Cathay Pacific Sets Bad Precedent

On Aug. 14, 2019, the aviation world was stunned by Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg's decision to step down amid protests in Hong Kong. Though not officially confirmed, it is apparent that the resignation was Beijing’s response to news that Cathay Pacific employees were participating in protests. Hogg, the person…

Opinion: When Almost Meaningless Airline Marketing Succeeds in Going Viral

I've been thinking a lot about airline marketing lately, having first came to mind after watching Delta make comparatively minor changes to its economy class service offerings and seeing how news outlets both large and small reacted. While I saw those changes as more important for other reasons, there's no…

Opinion: When Almost Meaningless Airline Marketing Succeeds in Going Viral

I've been thinking a lot about airline marketing lately, having first came to mind after watching Delta make comparatively minor changes to its economy class service offerings and seeing how news outlets both large and small reacted. While I saw those changes as more important for other reasons, there's no…

United’s ConnectionSaver Isn’t Getting Enough Attention

Earlier this year United introduced a new system called ConnectionSaver. This system, on a broad level, scans flights for customers making tight connections and looks at many variables to determine if it’s worthwhile to delay the passenger’s connecting flight without inconveniencing other customers or creating a ripple effect that would…

What If the Disney Airline Rumor Was True

JustDisney.co, a Walt Disney fan site, released a false rumor about a Disney airline. While the story was confirmed by Disney to be indeed false, the topic is interesting. The story that The Walt Disney Co is possibly taking a dive into the airline industry in 2021 broke on June…

France Decides on More Taxes for Aviation Sector

Following a less than successful attempt last year by the French government to increase tax revenues by proposing an increase in fuel taxes, particularly diesel fuel, the government is back at it doing what governments do best. France next year plans on introducing an “eco tax” ranging from 1.5 to…

Argentina’s Commercial Aviation Revolution Has Become a Total War

Amidst the classic and expected political turmoil that takes center stage every election year, the commercial aviation market is one key topic in both government and opposition parties in Argentina. It is no surprise for any of the actors that the liberalization of the domestic offering is a battleground of…