Last updated: 10:00 AM ET, Sat March 12 2016

The Battle For the World’s Longest Route: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 4-10

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | March 12, 2016

The Battle For the World’s Longest Route: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 4-10

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Emirates and Qatar Airways are currently battling for the title of “World’s Longest Route.” The current record-holder is a 16.5-hour, near-9,000-mile Emirates flight from Auckland, New Zealand to Dubai. Soon, though, Qatar’s Doha to Santiago, Chile route will take first place. But out of nowhere is Singapore Airlines, with its own super-lengthy flight in 2018. Whichever carrier is the recordholder, that’s still a long time to be sitting in an airline seat. Click to find out more about these hemisphere-spanning journeys.

The fight for airline seat size standardization has come to a head in Congress. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), de-facto airline industry watchdog, is seeking firm seat size regulations from the FAA, and wants to add this as an amendment to the agency’s reauthorization bill. Click to find out more about Schumer’s quest.

Though a recent heart transplant recipient after suffering a heart attack, United CEO Oscar Munoz is back on the job — but there is a power struggle brewing. Munoz intends to resume his efforts to improve the airline’s image and improve its financial situation, but major shareholders have their own plans on how to accomplish this aim. Click for further details.

A clean airplane restroom: an elusive dream for many, but Boeing has made it a reality with the debut of one that self-cleans. UV light kills 99.9 percent of pathogens, plus the patented loo features touchless faucets and soap dispensers. The concept will only take to the skies if carriers buy and install the futuristic WCs, so it may be awhile before fliers step into the airline Bathroom of the Future at 35,000 feet. Click for more.

American Airlines pilots are fuming with how the merger with U.S. Airways played out, and saying that there may be a strike in the future is not an outlandish statement. The Allied Pilots Association, the union for AA’s pilots, said in a letter to CEO Doug Parker that his management team is not following stated company philosophies and declared point-blank, “[The] new American Airlines product is outright embarrassing and we’re tired of apologizing to our passengers.” Click for further details about these issues.


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