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Mudslinging Over Cuba Routes: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 25-31

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | April 02, 2016

Mudslinging Over Cuba Routes: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 25-31

PHOTO: Cuba's Jose Marti International Airport. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

The Department of Transportation is still months away from assigning U.S./Cuba slots to major domestic carriers. There’s major demand from airlines for a limited number of flights, especially daily service to Havana, so until official word from the DOT, carriers are doing all they can to discredit the competition — and it’s getting pretty dirty. Click for more on this mudslinging campaign.

Announcing safety information before a flight can take on an air of rote monotony for many flight attendants — except for a select few who livened up the process in their own unique way. We took to YouTube and compiled the funniest cabin crew from assorted carriers who had passengers rolling in the aisles — in a good way. Click to check out the videos.

The baggage tag of the future may be here today. Created by Alaska Airlines' research and development team, it is reusable and electronic, sporting a small screen and Bluetooth syncing capabilities. Last year, the first round of real-world flight-testing was positive, so now, 500 frequent fliers will be putting the e-tag through its paces. Click for more details.

Catching a flight in a mazelike airport can be a panic attack-inducing situation. But it’s the not-so-innocuous smartphone app to the rescue, as airlines and airports are recognizing that sometimes, fliers need a little (or a lot) of directional help in an unfamiliar airport. Wayfinding tools a la Google Maps and other nifty tech solutions are leading the way, click to find out what else is on tap.

“Airspace” is the next generation of Airbus’ aircraft cabin, and design decisions were made with a little help from … you. Feedback from millions of mostly Economy-class passengers in recent years within the parameters of comfort, ambience, service and design resulted in advanced lighting, wide seats, considerable legroom and other features. The company’s soon-to-be-introduced A330neo will be the first aircraft with the “Airspace” design. Click for more.


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