Category Archives: Airlines

Big Brother will fly with you

Airbus 320The Internet of Things will reach aircraft and might ease cabin crew members’ tasks. Your seat will be connected to a system that will show the crew information about you and the cabin at a glance. This is part of plane maker Airbus’ Skywise system. It is a digital, hyper-connected and secure platform that enables users to optimize and predict everything from engineering and maintenance to flight operations.

Cost savings

The results of the system include fewer operational interruptions, lower fuel burn, generally improved efficiency, and - in an optimistic...
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How smart are airline bosses?

On April 23, 2019, ABC News had a curious interview with Oscar Munoz, the boss of United Airlines. In fact, the interview raises the impression of sponsored content, as advertisements in online media nowadays are called. The interviewer is ABC News' Senior Transportation Correspondent David Kerley. He raises the point of the ever shrinking seat.

Seats can get smaller

"I think we are nearing a point certainly that we can't do that anymore," says Munoz. Passengers won't be happy with this response. We are nearing a point...
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The true character of Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary

Ryanair's boss Michael O'Leary is not known for his civility and diplomacy. He has called customers stupid. Likewise, he calls authorities insisting on passengers using seatbelts 'plonkers.' He wants to make more profits by creating standing seats in Ryanair planes. And he puts improper pressure on pilots.

EU regulation

Ryanair breaks EU Regulation EU261/2004 on a regular basis by refusing to compensate passengers on delayed flights. And he attempts to dismiss employees who think they have certain rights. But the latter may cost Ryanair almost €3 million ($3.5 million). In 2017,...
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An unlikely ranking list

Singapore girlTripAdvisor has published its Travelers' Choice awards 2019. They rank the world's airlines and on top of the list is Singapore Airlines. The awards' name refers to the fact that the ranking is based on travelers' reviews. An algorithm takes into account the quantity and quality of airline and ratings reviews over a 12-month period.

Doling out awards

TripAdvisor uses the same tactics as other listings by doling out a large number of awards, in this case 91. This guarantees quite a lot of free publicity because at least...
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Will Air France/KLM split?

The cultural differences between Air France and KLM are large and the Air France/KLM holding company is certainly no love affair. But both personal and business interests facilitate the takeover by Air France in 2004.

Business and personal interests

The business interest is that Air France - thanks to KLM's top management - can buy KLM for next to nothing. The personal interest is that Air France showers KLM's management with princely salaries and very high bonuses. However, the takeover creates a combination of 2...
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Flybmi bankrupt: now what?

FlybmiIn the evening of Saturday February 16, 2019, Flybmi collapses without any warning. As a result, hundreds of passengers find themselves stranded throughout Europe. The airline cites higher fuel costs and uncertainty caused by the UK's upcoming departure from the European Union as factors determining its fate.

Demise not unique

In 2018, the carrier operated 17 aircraft on European routes and employed 376 people in the UK and 3 other EU countries (Belgium, Germany and Sweden). Flybmi's demise is far from unique. Other European airlines that recently went bust include Monarch in the UK, Air...
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