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Aircraft manufacturer Airbus says that its request for a patent on a bicycle-style seat design is simply a concept and that passengers should not read too much into it. The airline industry media, however, didn't get the memo.

Posted on Wed, 16-Jul-2014 at 18:07 GMT | Read More
Necessity is the mother of invention. That saying goes for the airline industry too as major carriers, long comfortable in their dominant roles, face new challenges from upstart budget carriers and international airlines encroaching on their once-impenetrable territories. Airlines are now looking to meet the challenge head on by creating new versions of their larger selves.

Posted on Wed, 16-Jul-2014 at 17:07 GMT | Read More
The latest round of security measures meant to thwart attacks on commercial aviation may have some passengers wondering what will be next. Now, passengers will have to show that the electronics they intend to bring on board can actually function.

Posted on Fri, 11-Jul-2014 at 3:47 GMT | Read More
The U.S. government's secret list of passengers banned from flying on commercial airlines over U.S. airspace has fueled a contentious debate over the need for privacy versus security. A Federal judge has ruled that the way passengers find out and are allowed to take action to be removed from this list violates their right to due process.

Posted on Wed, 25-Jun-2014 at 21:22 GMT | Read More
Necessity is the mother of invention. That saying goes for the airline industry too as major carriers, long comfortable in their dominant roles, face new challenges from upstart budget carriers and international airlines encroaching on their once-impenetrable territories. Airlines are now looking to meet the challenge head on by creating new versions of their larger selves.

Posted on Tue, 24-Jun-2014 at 20:53 GMT | Read More
Pilot error is a term often used to describe air accidents in which the actions of the cockpit crew were contributory. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued its report on the accident of Asiana flight 214 in San Francisco in 2013. In describing the cause, the agency used the term "pilot mismanagement".

Posted on Tue, 24-Jun-2014 at 19:33 GMT | Read More
United Airlines has become the latest among the larger carriers to implement changes to its frequent flyer program. In keeping with the latest trend in program overhauls, the airline will reward travelers who pay more rather than fly more.

Posted on Tue, 10-Jun-2014 at 23:10 GMT | Read More
The airline industry is quite the mixed bag when it comes to levels of service. Passengers flock to deep discount carriers, lured by cheap flights while others insist on better, more personalized service and amenities. The divide between the cost-conscious, deregulated airline world and the financially undaunted premium offerings of some Middle Eastern carriers can sometimes be as wide as the Persian Gulf itself. Not all airlines are happy about that.

Posted on Tue, 10-Jun-2014 at 22:36 GMT | Read More
Airlines like to say that add-on fees for baggage and other services keep fares low and give passengers more choices. While many flyers have resolved to the fact that fees are here to stay, they still have issues with some more than others.

Posted on Mon, 09-Jun-2014 at 22:54 GMT | Read More
A recent survey of nearly 10,000 British flyers shows that roughly one-third of them wouldn't mind missing out on in-flight meals and drinks if meant flying for less. Logic dictates that budget carriers would be extremely popular then, right? Not necessarily.

Posted on Mon, 09-Jun-2014 at 22:03 GMT | Read More
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