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Primera Air used the A321neo for transatlantic operations. (Photo: Peter Weiland)

Opinion: An Overlooked Reason Why Airlines Fail

Managing an airline is like playing drums, it looks easy and many people can make some noise but when the music gets complicated, you see who really knows how to play and who can only make noise. A famous quote says, “What we learn with history is that men do not learn with history." I believe the same happens with airlines. Sometimes, management does not learn with the past. I read a book written 30 years ago talking about problems…

Opinion: Low-Cost Transatlantic Business Model is Flawed

WOW Air ceased operations recently, making it another low-cost transatlantic carrier to essentially shut its doors overnight. WOW air left thousands of passengers stranded without much recourse. Planes are scattered around airports waiting to be repossessed by lenders, including one Airbus A321 in Newark. A few years ago, fueled by…

Opinion: Now Is Not the Time for Free Wi-Fi

Earlier this week, Air New Zealand announced it would begin offering free Wi-Fi on all flights that feature properly equipped aircraft, effective immediately. The airline's newly delivered Airbus A320neo family aircraft are already equipped and the airline is working on adding the proper hardware to its Boeing 777 fleet before…

Opinion: The Problem of Aviation in Media

Often times the mainstream media is criticized when it comes to coverage of the aviation industry. More often than not, coverage is incomplete, inaccurate, or sensationalized. The aviation industry is often too complex and time consuming for mainstream media to properly report in their news cycle. However, what can be…

Opinion: Why Airline Consolidation Still Remains a Scary Possibility

On Feb. 24, the Dallas Morning News published on why American Airlines' Dallas/Fort Worth hub isn't so "scary" anymore. Let me preface this piece by saying, largely, I agree with them. The hub here at Dallas/Fort Worth has slowly become less detrimental to passengers' traveling opportunities. It used to be…

Opinion: Dear Emirates, Please Don’t Give Up On the A380

It was reported on Jan. 31 that Dubai-based Emirates Airline is considering switching some of its orders from Airbus A380 aircraft to the smaller, more fuel efficient Airbus A350. Originally reported by Reuters, that change by the airline could effectively put an end to A380 production, especially as Airbus has…

Opinion: The ‘Revelation’ Regarding Frontier’s Tipping Policy Isn’t News

Just before the new year, a The Points Guy writer documented on his flight experience onboard Frontier Airlines, his self-proclaimed first flight on the American ultra-low-cost carrier. Following his flight, the writer penned an article for the travel website with the shocking “revelation” that the airline allows for flight attendants…

Opinion: Please No More Flying Rooftop Bars

Joon, the Air France experiment at courting millennials, has been in the news thrice so far. The first time was in June 2017 when the concept was announced, whereas the second was when operations began in December 2017. Finally, the third announcement arrived this month when Air France announced that Joon…

Opinion: When the Customer is Wrong

Two days ago, someone sent me a video of a woman screaming at a JetBlue gate agent at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Although I'm a journalist, I'm also a former airline agent and have been a victim of angry passengers many times to a point of losing sleep and feeling…

Opinion: The Future of Aviation in Latin America Will be…

Latin America is still an uncharted territory when it comes to commercial aviation. While the region is growing steadily, the general consensus is that there is more space available for new companies and a whole lot of room for new routes, both domestic and international. However, the distances and demographical…