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Just about every flyer knows that the room in economy class seats is getting smaller – at least for the seats you don't have to pay extra for – while the average passenger size is not. If you're in the dreaded middle seat of a coach cabin, what little room and comfort you can borrow by leaning toward an aisle or a window is gone. One airline could change that.

Posted on Fri, 24-Jul-2015 at 22:09 GMT | Read More
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), passenger traffic is set to double to over seven billion people over the next two decades. The demand can be met by airlines as long as there are enough pilots and enough fuel to fly the needed aircraft. Projections call for a shortage of both unless things change.

Posted on Wed, 22-Jul-2015 at 21:50 GMT | Read More
The safety versus privacy debate seems to have shifted toward the side of security as EU lawmakers paved the way for the collection of certain types of airline passenger data by law enforcement authorities for flights entering and leaving EU countries. What's in a name? Apparently there's much more than the average passenger is aware of.

Posted on Thu, 16-Jul-2015 at 21:32 GMT | Read More
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched an investigation into allegations of collusion among major U.S. airlines over pricing and capacity. The key issue is the approach that airlines have taken toward growth. Despite flying full aircraft regularly, airlines have been reluctant to increase the number of available seats by adding flights. Airlines call this capacity discipline; some critics call it collusion.

Posted on Wed, 08-Jul-2015 at 19:22 GMT | Read More
Former cabin crew members are threatening to take legal action against airlines and aircraft manufacturers over claims that the air in aircraft cabins has made them sick. Though debated for decades, the issue emerged again after a coroner's report noted that a former British Airways pilot who died in 2012 after being on medical leave for over a year had shown symptoms of exposure to toxins that likely came from the aircraft he flew.

Posted on Mon, 06-Jul-2015 at 15:53 GMT | Read More
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) audits the aviation operations of member countries throughout the world. When it finds shortcomings, other countries are quick to follow with actions ranging from a restriction on the expansion of service from the offending country to outright bans of that country's airlines. Despite the good safety records of airlines in Thailand, that nation faces added scrutiny after ICAO found deficiencies in how Thailand oversees aviation safety.

Posted on Wed, 01-Jul-2015 at 3:01 GMT | Read More
You often here this response to questions about why people (or in this case companies) do things that don't make much sense to us: "because they can". If someone were to ask you why airfares remain high despite good financial returns and lower fuel costs for the airlines, you can point to that sentence above.

Posted on Fri, 26-Jun-2015 at 14:59 GMT | Read More
The annual Skytrax rankings have been released and a new airline tops the list of "world's best" for 2015. Are there any other changes or surprises in this year's list passenger favorites?

Posted on Thu, 25-Jun-2015 at 4:15 GMT | Read More
Pilots of U.S. budget carrier Allegiant Airlines have issued a public letter to its passengers raising concerns about the airline's safety practices. The pilots allege that company executives are barely meeting the minimum safety standards in what they call "a race to the bottom in service, safety standards and treatment for veteran pilots." Is a labor dispute behind these allegations?

Posted on Mon, 22-Jun-2015 at 21:23 GMT | Read More
Call it the power of the people or the power of perception but the proposal made by an airline industry trade group to shrink the acceptable size limit of carry-on luggage has been beaten down. The pressure to rethink came from multiple directions and one large continent.

Posted on Thu, 18-Jun-2015 at 21:53 GMT | Read More
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