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Qatar buys 5% of China Southern

Qatar Airways bought a 5% stake in China Southern Airlines, both companies announced on January 2 on a deal concluded on December 28, 2018. Qatar bought on-market A and H shares of China Southern Airlines Company Limited (CSACL) for an undisclosed amount. Qatar...

Is Boeing 737 MAX8 seating getting tighter?

There have been several stories about the tight bathrooms on the new MAX8.  This is not the only thing about the MAX8 that travelers might want to consider. Look at this seating table, which compares the active MAX8 fleet as of the 1Q18.  The green area is the seating...

Are aging fleets a problem?

With another two stories today about in-flight component failures (Southwest, Sichuan), we are being reminded that airplanes are vulnerable.  There is nothing quite like an airline/airplane scary story to catch people's attention. The industry safety statistics are...

Qatar Airways buys another airline stake

Today it emerged that Qatar Airways has bought another stake in an airline.  This time it spent $662m on a near 10% stake in Cathay Pacific.  The move by the airline follows a pattern as the table illustrates. We can expect a move in India soon, too. The green boxes...