Airlines Pulse: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4
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The fourth quarter of last year was very kind to American Airlines — propelling the largest carrier in the world to impressive profits in 2015. To quote CEO Doug Parker’s exclamation, made in a conference call to investors, American “knocked it out of the park.” Click for details.
Gate-to-gate Wi-Fi. More legroom. Bigger seatback screens — these are some of the major changes coming down the pike with JetBlue’s cabin redesign. The revamp will take place on the airline’s entire fleet of Airbus A320s between 2017 and 2019. Click to find out JetBlue’s possible motivations for this mass spruce-up.
The future of aviation is non-polluting biofuel, but all infrastructure at major airports has been based around typical aviation fuel, with biofuel just a curiosity — until now. Oslo Airport’s workers can now gas up a plane with biofuel using identical methods as standard kerosene. Click to find out more.
A group of travel organizations, including the U.S. Travel Association and the American Society of Travel Agents is urging Congress to re-scrutinize the domestic airline competition situation. The last inquiries were made in 1993, but the organizations points out that much has changed in the industry, including a series of mergers. Click to find out the perspectives of every side.
Should air traffic control be privatized? In its current form, domestic ATC is mind-bogglingly complicated and antiquated. Privatization would remove it from Federal Aviation Administration oversight — the main thrust of an FAA Reauthorization Bill moving through Congress. Lobbying groups disagree as to whether this is the right move, as all aim to improve the system. Click for details.
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