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Onboard a British Airways 747-400 in the economy cabin. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

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 on larger jets. And some have gone as far as to block middle seats so passengers that aren't traveling together aren't bumping elbows and breathing on each other for the…

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,…

Opinion: Even During a Pandemic, Domestic Air Travel Remains a…

I recently came across an opinion piece by a fellow aviation reporter, arguing that domestic air travel in the U.S. essentially needs to be halted as COVID-19 cases grow by the day. I am certainly not discrediting Mr. Sumer’s opinion as the article itself does make several valid claims, nor…

Opinion: Suggestions on Keeping Up with Your Flight Training During…

The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced many non-essential businesses to shut down and the majority of the population to stay at home, resulting in an unprecedented impact on the aviation industry. Major airlines have parked much of their fleet following the decline in passenger numbers. Many pilots around the world…

Opinion: Strong Airline Demand May Not Return in 2020

The first quarter of the year has been a bloodbath for the travel industry. Planes are flying empty, hotels are empty and other industries impacted by travel and tourism are hurting. Airlines are cutting capacity by as much as 80 percent in the U.S. and foreign airlines such as Emirates…

Opinion: We’ll Always Need Flying

Picture yourself chasing the sunset onboard a flight. Around you, there are around 200 other people going on holiday, to reunite with family, on a business commute or perhaps attending a conference gathering the world’s experts in a certain field. At the same time, more than a million others are…

Opinion: The Airline Industry’s All-Consuming Coronavirus

I sat at my desk this morning trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to write about. Obviously, there is no shortage of material in the airline industry this week, and it's as crazy of a time to be covering it as ever. In just the past few weeks,…