Archive For May 31, 2011

Pre-Paris Air Show Discussion

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Live online, Friday June 3 at 9am PDT for 30 minutes. Ask our team questions about PAS 2011. Guest panelist Richard Aboulafia. Click Here Related posts: Sukhoi Superjet to Win Western Order? Farnborough – Day Four The Timeless Beauty of Classic Airplanes High Expectations for Dubai

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India’s Jet Airways Joins Arab Air Carriers Organization

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India’s Jet Airways Joins Arab Air Carriers Organization






In an interesting move, India’s Jet Airways has joined AACO, the Arab Air Carriers Organization.  This is the first carrier outside of the Arab League countries to join AACO, and reflects the increasing importance of trade between the subcontinent and Arab countries.  Why would an Indian Airline want to join and Arab Airline association?  …

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Alaska Airlines goes for the iPad

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Alaska Airlines is issuing iPad computers to its pilots. The 1½-pound iPads replace up to 25 pounds of paper flight manuals pilots are required to carry when they fly. The iPads are being distributed to all Alaska Airlines pilots, a process that will be complete by mid-June. This follows a successful trial by 100 line…

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BEA Publishes Note Regarding Speculation on AF447 Crash

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[Update – Podcast with an A330 type rating instructor discussing the BEA AF447 information] Update: MSNBC has a three minute video with two former NTSB investigators discussing the accident. Citing inaccuracies and errors in media reports on the crash of AF447 off the coast of Brazil, the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de…

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A Visit to Shorts in Belfast

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A Visit to Shorts in Belfast






Shorts of Belfast is a company with an impressive history.  Bombardier acquired this company in 1989, adding to its growing base of aerospace expertise. The Belfast operation is impressive. It has 5,000 employees and more than a century of aviation experience. Indeed, Shorts is the largest manufacturer in Northern Ireland generating 10% of the region’s…

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In Praise of Service

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In Praise of Service






The air travel business is a tough place to trade in.  Airplanes are about equal and it is difficult to make the travel experience “special” or different.  Yesterday we saw first hand how an airline can stand out by using its key asset – its people. If you have flown Virgin Atlantic then you know…

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