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For this episode of #PaxEx TV, we visit Air Salvage International to find out more about what happens to jets once their flying days are over.
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It was precisely Virgin America's youth and “boutique” size that allowed it to play and delight, to invent and innovate, and to claim the award of “best domestic airline”.
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TORONTO: With severe food allergies on the rise in both in children and adults, are airlines prepared to meet the needs of these passengers? Some operators like low-cost carrier WestJet garner praise for their efforts to minimize threats to allergy sufferers. But a recent Air Canada flight between Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Harrisburg International (MDT) in...
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Facing a stronger competitor on the west coast JetBlue appears to be responding by increasing routes served with its popular Mint service. Which new cities will see the premium product??
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Following the tragic death of at least 34 people and hundreds of injuries as a result of terrorist attacks in the de facto EU capital of Brussels today, questions are yet again being posed about travel security procedures around the globe. In addition to an explosion at the Maelbeek metro station, three bombs were brought into Brussels International Airport...
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Welcome to Runway Girl Network’s new, twice-monthly #PaxEx Minute, hosted by contributing editor John Walton. This episode talks inflight wifi, satellite connectivity, Australia, and flight comfort search site Routehappy. Host: John Walton @thatjohn Read more on Runway Girl Network: Gogo-SES: https://www.runwaygirlnetwork.com/2016/02/23/faster-2ku-is-coming-as-gogo-ses-sign-major-capacity-agreement/ Panasonic-SES: https://www.runwaygirlnetwork.co...
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Gogo's most mature segment – Business Aviation – continues to move forward. Some notable announcements improve the suite of options available for the smaller, private aircraft Gogo serves.
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President Barack Obama has signed the Women Airforce Service Pilot Arlington Inurnment Restoration Act after it was passed unanimously in the US House of Representatives and sent to him on 13 May. WASPs including Elaine Harmon, who died in April 2015 at the age of 95, will be allowed to have their ashes interred at Arlington...
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Nine-year-old Nadia Kountoures caught the aviation bug at the Chicago Air and Water airshow, even though she doesn’t come from an aviation background. Now, she’s the first officer on Gogo’s test aircraft, a Boeing 737-500 named Jimmy Ray. “I’ve been flying a little over ten years now,” Kountoures tells Runway Girl Network, freshly returned from...
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The fleets at Virgin America and JetBlue share a common core, the A320, but have enough differentiation that combining them has the potential to create value in a merged carrier.
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Good analysis by your site contributor Gavin, but I have to disagree with his thinking that B6 (JetBlue) needs VX (Virgin America) more.

First, fleet commonality has never seemed to be a real issue, as opposed to a bloggers-and-FF'ers issue, in any of the recent mergers.

DL was all-Boeing (if including Boeing-acquired McD) with zero Airbus when they bought NW. Didn't stop them from smartly using, re-deploying, and still keeping that fleet.  AA was no Airbus before the "US forced them to merge" but had already planned to add the 321T premium transcons, if memory serves, and has managed a combined fleet ok.

Dysfunctional pre-merger UA had deliberately eliminated their entire 73x fleet, while CO's last Airbus was probably the A300s they used ages ago, but the combined still-dysfunctional airline is using all the CO 737NG and UA Airbus narrowbodies just fine - fleet commonality isn't often considered one of the many reasons for their dysfunctional merger.

If the acquired airline is big enough, and they're buying the whole company, not just acquiring a few assets, then the pilots, bases, mechanics, and all the support infrastructure and contracts come along too. Enough to operate a mixed fleet. At least while rationalizing routes for a few years, right?

On routes and competition, B6 already has some strengths that AS doesn't, that VX brings to the table for AS. Transcons beyond what AS runs now, to markets AS doesn't go. An even-more-upscale reputation. An existing premium transcon service. And AS needs to bulk up to fight off all the attack-by-partner that DL has done against them the last few years.

So despite the fleet differences, and AS having to abandon its "proudly all Boeing" "home-town Seattle area" pledge, it makes sense. And hey, Boeing abandoned that themselves, too. Headquartered in Chicago, with significant production moved to SC. It's not like religious heresy!
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Runway Girl Network has been following the story of the ZAL TechCenter civil aviation research facility in Hamburg for quite some time. The project overcame a number hurdles (including political backlash and a brief funding crisis) to exist in all its glory today. We’re excited that the TechCenter is finally here…and airline passengers of the world should...
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Unlike many other traditionally male professions that have opened to women over the past half century, an airline pilot’s job has an enormous impact on lifestyle. This is one reason why the cockpit remains stubbornly male, according to women pilots who have studied the issue.
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