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A United 757 departs Los Angeles. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Opinion: United’s Pilot Recruitment Policy Is the Right Move — If Done Correctly

“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 intends to boost the diversity of those who sit at the front of its airplanes thanks to a new training scheme, causing quite a number of headlines that have even…

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…

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: 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: 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: 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…