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No Seat Size Regulation in the FAA Reauthorization Bill: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 8-14

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | April 16, 2016

No Seat Size Regulation in the FAA Reauthorization Bill: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 8-14

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Unfortunate news for fliers in the continuing saga of the FAA reauthorization bill that’s moving through Congress —the seat size regulation amendment has been eliminated. Putting it succinctly, the Senate declared, “let the free market decide” regarding the size of seats. Click for more on this decision.

The much-maligned in-flight meal: The moment it reaches your tray table is just the last phase of a journey that involves a mountain of ingredients and an army of taste-testers, chefs and more. To shed light on this process, the crowdfunded documentary “The Inflight Food Trip,” has been masterminded by Nik Loukas, the founder of airline food review site Click for more details about this film.

The United States Department of Transportation just released its latest Air Travel Consumer Report, and the study revealed that flights are more on time and there are fewer cancellations from last year — but passenger complaints have increased. Around 1,100 grievances out of over 50 million fliers in the surveyed period doesn’t sound so bad, but remember, most disgruntled passengers file complaints with the airlines, not the DOT. Click for further details about the report.

Newly released, cutting edge commercial aircraft may be getting a lot of attention, but the Boeing 747 is still around. Proving it is still relevant (despite throttled-back production numbers), an anonymous airline just ordered four of its latest incarnation, the 747-8i. With around two decades of operational life, the “Queen of the Skies” is not going anywhere soon. Click for more on this icon’s current place in the industry.

Flying to the remote tropical paradise of Fiji from North America can be a lengthy, exhausting process with several legs, since direct flights are so limited. But soon, a direct Fiji Airways route from San Francisco International will be added to the roster, and this could be the beginning of the South Pacific archipelago becoming the region’s next hotspot. Click for more on the future of Fiji’s air service.


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