May 122010
 
Amazing Airline Profitability

Emirates again defies ‘conventional wisdom’ about the difficulties confronting the world’s airlines and reports a huge $1.1 billion profit for its last financial year – making 2009 its best year ever.

May 112010
 

Bad news for people hoping to fly on BA services (primarily to/from Heathrow) any time between 18 May and 10 June. Now that the British election is over, its cabin crew union, Unite, has taken the gloves off and is back on the warpath.  They have announced a series of four strikes, each of five days duration, and with a […]

May 112010
 
Invisible seat mystery

Video of a guy apparently floating in mid-air as a way of promoting a new airline seat. So how did he do this?  (Video taken at Manchester airport).  If you really want to know the answer, read the comments on Youtube.   A more imponderable question is how this relates to flying in KLM’s ‘Economy […]

May 102010
 

I’ve mentioned before the delightful bit of scandal revealed to us in the form of a prosecution in the UK against four BA executives, charged with unlawfully colluding with Virgin Atlantic to fix fuel-surcharge prices. The case seemed to be soundly based, because Virgin voluntarily turned itself in and reported the price fixing to Britain’s Office of Fair Trading, in […]

May 102010
 
Supersonic Business Jets get closer to reality

Two companies – Gulfstream and Aerion – have announced new developments bringing them closer to a viable design for a supersonic business jet, although neither company has yet committed to developing and producing such a plane. There are several obstacles to be overcome in designing a viable supersonic jet.  Such a plane would need to be cost effective, and would […]