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We know air travel - geeking out on aviation with travelers Paul Papadimitriou and Alex Hunter.

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By Jia in RDU - Sep 12 2019
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Welcome back Paul and Alex! Sounds like you both had a fantastic summer. I discovered your show two years ago and have been a HUGE fan of it. I listened to all the episodes since. I am a frequent traveler myself. My most frequent travel pattern is from RDU to TYO at least every month, plus more travels to other East Asia destinations such as SEL, TPE, PVG, PEK and etc. Wish I could travel to Europe more often as it would be a much shorter trips.... Anyhow, your show is often what I listen to on these long plane rides. Thanks for the great work and keep it up!

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Finally listened to all 93 episode and can’t wait for more!

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Welcome back!

By Jia in RDU - Sep 12 2019
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Welcome back Paul and Alex! Sounds like you both had a fantastic summer. I discovered your show two years ago and have been a HUGE fan of it. I listened to all the episodes since. I am a frequent traveler myself. My most frequent travel pattern is from RDU to TYO at least every month, plus more travels to other East Asia destinations such as SEL, TPE, PVG, PEK and etc. Wish I could travel to Europe more often as it would be a much shorter trips.... Anyhow, your show is often what I listen to on these long plane rides. Thanks for the great work and keep it up!

Clay Hershberger

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Finally listened to all 93 episode and can’t wait for more!
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We know air travel - geeking out on aviation with travelers Paul Papadimitriou and Alex Hunter.

Rank #1: 098 DTW - Extraordinary HK, experiencing Delta, AA B&O, mad MAX, Gran Class, LAX Eagles Nest, e-NRT

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Flight 098. Shinkansen Gran Class, Four Seasons Mexico and Popeye Chicken sandwich, are we still an aviation podcast? The Eagle's Nest at LAX. Aer Pluto Lingus. SFO goes stupid with plastic. The 777x decompressed explosively. The 737 MAX is still wingless. Alex gets BA at the top of their game for an almost-diverted flight. NRT gets e-gates and Tokyo will get aircrafts over it (point your finger at HND). Qatar insists on business buses. Norwegian could get WOWd. WOW is reborn by the way of a Le Carre enigma. Paul finally flies AA, loves the B&O headphones. ANA goes BONX (and Alex goes ANA). Delevingne coffee at Heathrow. AA illogical re-re-refits. We meet listeners, thank you so much everyone (and for your patience!). Extraordinary times in Hong Kong, at HKG and for Cathay. Is Detroit DTW our #1 US airport? A magnificent Livermore Fest.

Sep 12 2019

1hr 55mins

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Rank #2: 048 CPT - US Travel Ban, Norwegian Airlines, 737 MAX 8, Air Canada, Bombardier CS100

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00:00 - Introduction, Layovers reviews

02.51 - US Travel Ban

06:56 - US3 at the White House

07:56 New Emirates 5th freedom route, Delta

09:19 - Norwegian US announcements

12:05 - 737 MAX 8 for intercontinental routes

13:53 - Alex flies Thomas Cook to CPT

18:00 - American drops IFE screens

19:07 - Air Canada unveils new livery

23:06 - Etihad, its CEO and Lufthansa

25:45 - Emirates fleet change 2007-2017

26:28 - Lufthansa app, Worldmate, Google Trips, Tripit

28:20 - Paul crazy flights to MAD via ZRH and FRA

31:52 - More on travel planning apps

33:28 - MAD T2 and T3

34:08 - Paul tests the Bombardier CS100

36:18 - SWISS Fear of flying course

37:55 - Schengen area, Momondo, Skyscanner

39:26 - No wifi on Ryanair, BA Cityflyer, plane food

41:28 - Paul continues to ramble about his loved Sony MDR-1000X

42:36 - The must-have button on every IFE, Turkish interface

43:54 - Amazon, Superbowl, ATL drones, Airbus self-flying taxis

46:20 - Living in lounges

47:20 - Cape Town CPT airport

52:17 - Conclusion, next flights

Feb 11 2017

53mins

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Rank #3: 097 FAO - TWA love, underwater 747, Virgin Pride, Del(icious)ta, RIP Airbus father, AA MD80, BA cats

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Flight 097. The TWA hotel is everything we wanted. Long haul narrowbodies, a new old debate. USB-A versus USB-C, a new new debate (we just want good power!). Delta goes all in for good economy food, the US goes all in for the Open Skies (fifth freedoms, please!!). The cool Virgin Pride flight. The not very cool alone-in-the-dark-forgotten-by-Air-Canada experience. The under water 747 (and a few others to dive into, pun intended). The Brussels airport Stella, the 747 Microsoft simulator cockpit (that's one option), the PW2000 engine BBQ. American retires its MD80 and Qantas goes domestic for the end of its 747s. The cheap ERJs and the gone CRJ. What is the S in A321S (not SSSS, that's another story). The new Istanbul has Segway wheelchairs and some surprising live indoor mapping help. Uber chooses Melbourne for its VTOL trials (no FREE-something stupid rebrand) and MEL goes 3 runways (with a wind situation). Singapore extends the A380, but Air France will not (AT ALL). The passing of Continental (this time for good), and the passing of the father of Airbus (what a man, what a legacy!).

Jul 09 2019

1hr 32mins

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Rank #4: 051 DUS - Qatar suite, new A380, Worlds Best Airports, 737 MAX v 320neo, still no BER

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00:00 - Introduction

01:00 - BER pushed back, Berlin strikes, Layovers hiatus

03:33 - New QR business seat

06:37 - World's worst airports

08:28 - SkyTrax Best Airports, Terminals, Food, etc.

14:35 - CPT, Attache and taxis versus Uber

15:52 - US infrastructure, world busiest airports

17:18 - LH future business class, 350, CX 777 premium economy

20:20 - SWISS engine change in the cold

23:13 - Cathay on-demand food, operating losses

27:28 - ME3 slower growth, QR Indian carrier, United against Emirates

31:31 - New A380

32:54 - Blanket rage, cash in the plane

34:40 - QR, Airbus NEOs, Boeing MAX, JetBlue, 777 glut

40:22 - 797, LX CS300

43:41 - New Cyprus Airways, low WestJet

46:37 - Harrison Ford, Prepare for Impact app, Alitalia

8 Harrison Ford flies aircraft close to passenger plane – video | Film | The Guardian

49:31 - US Travel Ban, US domestic IDs, EK US bookings

52:00 - Exploding headphones, Layovers 050 feedback, AVTalk

57:17 - Listen to the Clouds, SFO observation deck

58:38 - DUS

Mar 23 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #5: 003 SFO - Japan Airlines leg room, LCY expansion, flight booking apps, selfie crash, Emirates 747

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SHOW NOTES

We are very appreciative for the all the feedback received in the past week. It was overwhelming, thank you everyone and keep it coming!

We are learning about podcasting as we go and, for instance, we have tested an improved sound solution that we should start using for next week's episode.

I. News of the week

Was Emirates pitched the 747-8?
Emirates Airlines gets pitch for 100 Boeing 757-8s — Scott Hamilton, Leeham News

Crash by selfie
NTSB Report

LCY will expand
Expansion of London City Airport gets Go-ahead

Harrison Ford narrates Aviation documentary
Living in the Age of Airplanes
How the Airplane Has Changed the World — Paul Papadimitriou, Layovers

The TransAsia crash
Taiwan TransAsia plane crashes into river — BBC
TransAsia Pilots Take Proficiency Tests After Taiwan Crash — NBC News

II. Innovation in AirTech, PaxEx and Design

Pay-to-use in-flight outlets
Scoot's pay-to-play AC outlets: the future of onboard power? — John Walton, RunwayGirl Network

EasyJet introduces a new livery
Skyliner Aviation News

Private air travel membership
Rise
SurfAir

Incredible room on JAL's Dreamliners
A Closer Look at JAL's Super Spacious 787-9 — Jonny Clark, TheDesignAir
Internalising the Knee Recline — Jan Chipchase

Frankfurt's airport app gives real-time security and immigration waiting times
Frankfurt Airport extends information services for passengers

Wanderlust within Chrome
Wandertab by HitList

III. App of the week

HipMunk
HipMunk.com

IV. Debate of the week

Booking a flight online and on mobile, an overview
Matrix Airfare Search
Google Flights
ITA Matrix Airfare Search Advanced Routing Codes — Michael Cargian, Upgrd.com
Travel Flash Report — Criteo
The 2014 Traveler's Road to Decision — Google
Kayak
Adioso.com
How to upgrade on Virgin Atlantic — Alex Hunter

V. Question of the week

Which airlines would you not fly on and why not? by Gen Kanai in Tokyo, Japan
List of airlines banned within the EU — European Commission
FAA Banned Countries — Aviation Lawyer
Safety Audit Information — International Civil Aviation Organization
Safety Rating Criteria — AirlineRatings.com

VI. Airport of the week

SFO. Which is not really in San Francisco, but has a great museum and wonderful curated displays about every topic you can imagine.

Feb 09 2015

1hr 5mins

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Rank #6: 049 ORY - US border passwords, Breitling 777, Air Force One, United Polaris, Korean Air taser

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00:00 - Introduction, feedback, reviews

05:43 - US border asking for passwords

11:08 - Air Force One 747-8

12:15 - Lufthansa 747-8, Fashion Week, 350-900, EU

15:16 - Lufthansa booking API, mystery bookings

19:05 - Jet Airways intercept over German airspace

20:55 - Boeing 787-10 rollout

23:15 - SWISS Breitling 777-300ER watch, Bremont

25:18 - Alternatives to Airbus and Boeing, A320

27:51 - United Polaris, Saks amenity kits

31:00 - Delta food, profit-sharing, Fortune ranking, pilot meltdown

33:45 - Alex BA compensation

36:55 - Korean Air taser

*39:29 - Alcohol in the air, Qatar longest flight, BA baggage handlers *

43:08 - Nuts allergy pre-boarding

45:21 - Alex suprises his son with a flight to AMS on BA

48:57 - Dubai pilotless flying taxi, packing drones to travel

50:31 - The coat to replace your carry-on, Uber flying car, CPT Thunder City

53:06 - Paris-Orly ORY

59:00 - Conclusion, next flights

Feb 23 2017

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Rank #8: 043 SJC - Brexit, Air Serbia and Etihad, heir to the throne at Emirates, US EU open skies, Iran 747

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Alex flies the 787 to SJC

Iceland and the UEFA Euro

Sully gets a trailer

The FAA rules on drones

Brexit and the impact on UK air travel

Paul flies Easyjet from LGW

Solar Impulse

The solar-powered airport

Boeing solar-powered plane

NASA wants to learn from American Airlines

Boeing Centennial

More hopes for the 747

The EU-US Open Skies must go deeper

Air Serbia launches new NY routs

The US4 is losing its war against the ME3

Mueller goes to Emirates

Emireates has a new 777 business seat

Cobalt flies!

SWISS gets its new Bombardier

Paul meets Air New Zealand

The EgyptAir crash

The IST terror attack

The husbands who ditch their spouse for business class

The status game

SJC

Aug 01 2016

1hr 4mins

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Rank #9: 058 BKK - JetBlue Mint, Air Canada near miss, Singapore 777s, Southwest love, Millennial Air

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00:00 - Introduction, Asia summer for Paul

02:26 - Alex flies his bike on JetBlue, Mint, Mosaic

15:59 - United dog, 747, seat nightmare

20:58 - US security confusion, books, TSA prize

28:40 - Southwest love, LAX helicopter

32:25 - FAA shrinking seats, LGA expansion, supersonic regulation

35:53 - Air Canada SFO near miss

45:57 - Easyjet ecstasy, NRT fence, 787 drawing

49:56 - Layovers reviews, AnalyseAsia

53:00 - Air France missile, VR, Joon

57:48 - Paul tries three Singapore 777, explicit IFE, Uber

1:10:51 - Qatar and AA, Al Baker apology, visa, creative accounting

1:20:23 - BKK

1:29:17 - Conclusion, next flights

Aug 14 2017

1hr 31mins

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Rank #10: 045 FCO - Airbus flying taxis, augmented reality Emirates, Cebu Pacific million miles baby

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Paul is on Aviation Xtended

The US National Aviation Day

Cranky Flyer celebrates in style

How to be dumb in an airport

The Emirates crash landing

The AR amenity kit

Quantas soars

Cebu Pacific's loyalty

The state of US air travel

The JFK panic

Singapore Airlines celebrates Gold

The BA Olympics plane, and the food uproar

Ranking food

Virgin Atlantic adds live TV

Boeing widebodies don't sell

Airbus widebodies go regional, and more

More smart carry-ons for Alex

FCO

Oct 02 2016

1hr 7mins

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Rank #11: 057 ICN - 747-8i, laptop ban ending, A320 engine coins, security awkwardness, FCO praise

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00:00 - Introduction

01:52 - Qatar buys some American, A350 cancellations, DL subsidy video

09:02 - FlyDubai with Emirates, Laptop ban almost gone

15:18 - Security awkwardness, EK facial boarding, Seamless airports, EK interlining

That Time the TSA Found a Scientist’s 3-D-Printed Mouse Penis - The Atlantic

22:54 - HKG 380 bridge, Etihad free seat bidding, LCY Olympic stadium view

29:09 - Alex praises BA, BA uses Qatar planes, BA new brand director

40:30 - LCC vs train, Norwegian shortages, Price vs exprience

45:48 - Paris Air Show tally, Leahy retires, Airbus reorg, 797

49:06 - Swiss CS300 , BA CS100, LH iPad, Southwest 737th 737

54:29 - 1985 trip report, Bus crash into 737

57:13 - BA A321 exit seats, FCO praise, AF A318, CDG TGV

1:06:02 - Paul flies the 747-8i, Korean Air

1:11:29 - Coins in A320 engine, DL crazy huge brawl

1:17:51 - ICN

1:25:55 - Conclusion

Jul 20 2017

1hr 26mins

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Rank #12: 086 YTZ - Remembering Herb, cooking United, fancy dress lounge, shutdown pizza, A220-500, last B727

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Flight 086. Remembering Herb Kelleher, how he changed the aviation world, his legacy, his lessons, his arm wrestling. The Miracle of the Hudson, as witnessed by Alex. FRA comes to its senses and asks passengers to not come to the airport. Tipping flight attends, for or against? United loves Pacific Blue, Premium Purple, Atlantic Amethyst, and Apple. Cook your own United food. Is there always a doctor in the plane? Gulf Air goes "boutique", British Airways goes vintage, Aer Lingus goes non-sense, S7 stays a very bright green horse. No fancy dressing, no noise, no food liberation, the lounge etiquettes. The last B727 passenger flight. Will the A220-500 be built in the USA? The US shutdown effects, from security lapses to Delta not getting its A220s, to pizza deliveries. The Amadeus exploit, no seat or the ATR oxygen, what's the worse safety lapse? With QR getting full EU access, should BA move to Qatar post-Brexit? BCN uses MS Paint to create the worse e-gates in the world. Does drone geofencing work? Do McNuggets in lounge work? Our best 2018 flight memory (cheeky and charming, maybe?).

Jan 25 2019

1hr 33mins

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Rank #13: 008 SIN - ITA Matrix, airports sensors, Ryanair transatlantic, Lufthansa strikes

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I. News of the week

SHOW NOTES

Ryanair ressucitates a ghost airport

Ryanair goes transatlantic

Qatar Airways Buys Heathrow Hotel

Emirates addresses subsidies accusations

Korean Air's attendant strikes back

Virgin Atlantic announces profit

II. Innovation news of the week

Better airport queue improvement via mobile tracking

The fastest U.S. airlines

Google Flights adds amenities data

In-flight smartcard payments

More Apple Watch flight apps

Battery causes fire on KLM flight

Spitfire interactive

Sky data drawings

3D visualization of all flights in the world

III. App of the week

ITA Matrix

IV. Debate of the week

Lufthansa's low cost strategy

V. Question of the week

Will airline honor mistake fares?

VI. Airport of the week

SIN

SIN is considered one of the best airports in the world. The SkyTrax World Airport Awards gave it its 2015, 2014, 2013 nod and Business Traveler Magazine has named it the best for no less than 26 consecutive years. From the swimming pool to the rooftop gardens, from the city tours to the slide, learn why Alex and Paul agree.

Mar 17 2015

1hr 30mins

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Rank #14: 067 PHL - 380 lifeline, Lufthansa blues, Bombardier victory, emotional peacock, Google Flights

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Flight 067. The 380 lives to see another decade. How to address passengers. Bombardier slaps Boeing. Embraer feels hurt. Emotional peacock. Spirit flushes an hamster. Forever United ticket. Google Flights gets closer to Skynet domination. Lufthansa goes eurowhite, loses the yellow. American is dull at copyright. Fear of Flying. A380 app. Going to Rome for lunch.

Feb 10 2018

1hr 32mins

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Rank #15: 038 BOS - Behind Virgin America and its death, TSA, KLM Facebook Messenger, Tesla races 737

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The death of Virgin America

The 747 lives to see another day

Shoutouts

KLM expands Messenger initiative

AF KLM CEO leaves for IATA

US Congreas refuses to legislate on legroom

The state of air travel

Passengers rights in the EU almost impound a plane!

Missiles on a commercial jetliner...

Yet another smart luggage

A tracker with a twist

Facepalm for the TSA

A smart… pillow??

A 737 races a Tesla

BOS

Apr 20 2016

56mins

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Rank #16: 089 TSE - 737 MAX tragedy, A380 buyback, AirDrop WTF, skiplag fight, Air Astana joy, Southwest dress

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Flight 089. The Ethiopian disaster, the 737 MAX grounding and aftermath. A dress, a baby and a stupid passenger enter aircrafts, who gets tasered? (Not the red badge!) Lufthansa fights skiplagging, on-boards doctors (amazing program!!), ditches four engines aircrafts (and Airbus is buying the 380 back!) The best wine and champagne in the sky (but where is Emirates?) Random AirDrop, the new in-flight game. United prepares a new globe (be careful, it's delicate!) and BA unveils its last vintage livery. Cathay eyes HK Express (and we eye the HKG Qantas lounge). Do not ever fly the SAS A340 LN-RKP (it sucks). Be careful with iPad stands that look like a knife (Paul knows). Air Astana keeps Diet Coke refrigerated just for Alex, whilst Paul embarks on a depiction of the sky color of beautiful Astana, Alex rocks the jacket on a (limo)bike whilst Paul explains fuel hedging — Paul clearly needs to up his game to catch up with being Alex cool.

Mar 16 2019

1hr 33mins

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Rank #17: 060 NBO - How To Land A Plane, with Mark Vanhoenacker, British Airways 747 pilot and author

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00:00 - Introduction

01:11 - How To Land A Plane

16:31 - Take-offs or landings?

24:19 - Mark's first 747 landing

31:12 - Flight simulator

34:01 - The climates of RUH, DFW, PHX

37:53 - Will Mark leave the 747 for the 787?

45:50 - Training for the 320

48:38 - Airplane!

50:47 - NBO

53:59 - Watching over SDU, Decide v Minimums

56:23 - Buy the book, 747, Skyfaring photo gallery

Sep 20 2017

59mins

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Rank #18: 044 PVG - Pokemon Go, Cathay Dragon, BA ex-BMI A321, new SWISS 777-300ER, motorized carry-on

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Pokemon Go makes you do stupid things

Carry-on might make you look like an idiot

A beautiful AV Geek engagement

Lufthansa sells seats on AirBnB

Mitsubishi also wants to enter Iran

Air Astana wants the Embraer E2

Farnborough 2016

The end of the 747?

Alex flies Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon

Singapore Airlines in rough air

Air France sees more strikes

Unlimited flights Paris/London - NY

Game over for the US4 griefs (finally!)

The SkyTrax awards

Lots of words, almost no action for London airports

Drones

The photo app for BA pilots

Paul experiences lie-flat seats in short haul flights

Review your flights on Tripadvisor

The search for MH370 os almost over

The FlyDubai leaks

Solar Impulse ends its round the world jounrey

PVG

Aug 18 2016

1hr 7mins

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Rank #19: 071 TPE - Hello Kitty gates, standing-up seats, air bidets, grappa lounge, 737 beer, engine failures

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Flight 071. The Southwest engine failure. The Dreamliner Rolls Royce engine saga. A 7.37 beer. Hello Kitty gate at TPE. No standing up seats please. Bidets and urinals in the air. No one wants Air India. Etihad downsizes. WOW goes business. SWISS auto-rebooking tool. Grappa lounge. The JFK TWA hotel.

May 01 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #20: 007 MIA - 747s are Forever, From The U.S. Airlines With Love, The Man With The Golden Apple Watch

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Alex and Paul are on a secret mission to uncover the latest in aviation innovation. Well, it's episode 007, expect Plenty O'Puns.

I. News of the week

The U.S. airlines release their white paper about the Gulf airlines

Full Report of U.S. Airlines to the White House Blaming Gulf Carriers — Paul Papadimitriou, Layovers

US-UAE Business Council Tells U.S. Airlines to Compete More and Complain Less — Marisa Garcia, Skift

Feeling the heat — The Economist

U.S Airlines Promise to Get More Aggressive Towards Gulf Carrier Rivals — Dennis Schaal, Skift

American Airlines asks to extend deferral on pensions — Michael A. Lindenberger, The Dallas Morning News

American Airlines' request for pension bailout draws criticism — Steven Mufson, Washington Post

Emirates Airline assembles top team to rebut US carriers' allegations over subsidies — Frank Kane, The National

Etihads Adds Residence Suite to New York Route in Open Skies Amenities Escalation — Marisa Garcia, Skift

Second A350 to up ante in Qatar's battle with Lufthansa — Michael Gubisch, FlightGlobal

Lufthansa Prepared to Battle Emirates by Slashing Fares — Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Emirates really wants its A380-NEOs

Emirates Would Order Up to 200 A380neos — Jens Flottau, AviationWeek

Airbus assures on A380 break-even this year — David Kaminski-Morrow, FlightGlobal

MH370 interim report

MH370 Official Report (PDF)

Angry families reject report — BBC News

Incidents in series

Turkish A330 suffers nose gear collapse in Kathmandu — Firdaus Hashim, FligthGlobal

'Minor' injuries result from MD-88 LaGuardia crash: Delta — Jon Hemmerdinger, FlightGlobal

Spicejet DH8D at Hubli on Mar 8th 2015, runway excursion on landing — Simon Hradecky, Aviation Herald

Incidents reveal crucial need for passengers to leave bags behind — John Walton, RunWayGirlNetwork

Solar Impulse 2 starts its round-the-world trip

Solar Impulse

Qantas 747 lands for posterity

Historic Qantas 747-400 makes precision touchdown on its final journey — CourrierMail

Pilot's-eye view of 747-400's delivery flight to Illawarra — wave965fm (video)

Korean Air will fly its 747-8 to London

Korean Air Adds Boeing 747-8i London Operation from August 2015 — Airline Route

New Korean Air Prestige Suite Indicates A New Seating Trend In Business Class — Jonny Clark, TheDesignAir

II. Innovation in AirTech, PaxEx and Design

SITA's report on the future of air travel

The Future is Personal in Air Travel — SITA

Closing in on a 360-degree view for airports and airlines — Linda Fox, Tnooz

Airlines and Airports Turn to Apps to Improve Passenger Experience — Juliet Van Wagenen, Avionics Today

Automated technology to boost airport passenger spending: SITA — Jamie Freed, The Sydney Morning Herald

Uber suffers drawback in Japan

Uber Says Goodbye to Japan after Government Ruling — Ma Jie, Bloomberg

Uber pilots ride-sharing in Japan — The Star

Japan to Suspend Uber's Pilot Ride-Sharing Service — Juro Osawa and Takashi Mochizuku, Wall Street Journal

LINE Taxi leapfrogs Uber, now in over 90 cities across Japan — David Corbin, TechinAsia

SkyTeam goes all in for messaging apps

Dutch LCC Transavia first airline to use WhatsApp messaging for customer care — Raymond Kollau, AirlineTrends

Air France on WeChat in China — AirFrance.com

SkyTeam Gets Vocal on WeChat — SkyTeam.com

KLM Launches Android Smartwatch App — KLM.com

Thought-controlled piloting 

Quadriplegic woman flies F-35 with nothing but her thoughts — Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo

A new airliner tracking system

Rockwell Collins offers global airliner tracking system — Karen Walker, ATW

III. Gadget of the week

Apple Watch

IV. Debate of the week

The planes, airlines and airports of 007

Live and Let Fly — David Lande, Air & Space Magazine

List of vehicles in James Bond movies

Virgin Atlantic's Vesper cocktail

V. Question of the week

What are the private 747s in operation today? by Paul Papadimitriou, in honor of Auric Goldfinger who flew a Lockheed JetStar.

The lines of private and state-owned can sometimes be blurry, but we found three candidates, two 747-400 and one 747-8i. We enumerate a few other examples too.

VI. Airport of the week

MIA.

Casino Royale is the only 007 movie which features an entire action sequence in an airport: Miami International. Nothing was filmed there, though. It all happened in PRA (airfield), NAS (airport), the Dunsfold Aerodrome (hangar) and Pinewood Studios (miniatures).

We still look at what's to say about MIA. The iBeacon initiative is of note.

Mar 10 2015

1hr 21mins

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103 DEN - Fish, Chicken, Beef, Lasagna, the flavors of the airlines …and the lizards conspiracy

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Flight 103. It's always fish, chicken, beef and lasagna, airplane food, airport food and more food: airline Christmas menus, First class samplings, FRA hunger games, fake meat, Air Yoshinoya. The healthiest US trays, the best global airline for your taste buds. The Bali pigs could lead to the next airline epidemic, its epicenter actually being US catering. From airline beers (yes) to jet lag powder drinks (nope). The lizards übermensch that took over the hidden bowels of Denver airport (and haunt United's lavatories).

Jan 16 2020

1hr 41mins

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102 DFW - United Jedi Force, 380 misjudgment, coffee pan pan, BA door review, mad MAD, BLLegoland

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Flight 102. Paul reviews the BA Club Suite (no door was hurt in the making of this podcast). Alex and the secrets of meeting rockstars in flight (mark them down!). The A380 misunderstanding: it should live on (and don't listen to the French, they just strike anyway). United will decide your fate: dark side or light side of the Force (United also ghost Force'd Munoz). Food pan pan, coffee pan pan, but chocolate delight (edible cup though?). BLLegoland. Paul kneels down in front of Madrid e-gates (they don't work) whilst Alex believes it being a social experiment: it's truly mad MAD (and a new fortress by IAG). Boeing will soon sell a negative number of planes. Hong Kong airlines lives to see another day, Avatar airlines might never be born (low-cost 744s, really?). Tim Clark has had enough of beta-testing aircrafts. DFW innovates, a lot, but it's still not sexy (Alex's posh voice however...)

Dec 19 2019

1hr 24mins

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101 HAN - Emirates plans, Vietnam meat, Miles & Less, Aeromexico noise, Norwegian LHR coup

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Flight 101. Everything you wanted to know about Emirates future. Vietnam Airlines has pizza, 350s, 20 million fines and some undefined (but good) meat. The 777X wings are automated. Lufthansa mulls rebranding its program Miles & Less (meaning, the new program rules are stupid). Aeromexico noise, can it be damped by the PowerBeats Pro (or pretending to be on the phone to enter the DXB First Class lounges?). KUL was hacked (they say they haven't, but come on…) time to call BA's IT department :-)). Seeing Ha Long Bay with a Cessna Gran Caravan hybrid seaplane (hint: Paul fell in love in Vietnam). 400000 miles for a cat. Carbon taxes are becoming a trend. Berlin has an opening date (YEAH RIGHT). Norwegian lands at Heathrow, or is it JetBlue? Catch me if you can at DEL. Quote of the month: being dragged in a washing machine backwards.

Dec 07 2019

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100 LON - Thank you everyone for being such great listeners, happy 100 to you all!

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Flight 100. To all of you, thank you so much for tuning in repeatedly, we couldn't have done any of this without your help, your feedback, your reviews, your comments, your corrections, your criticisms (and yes, Delta fans, we're again on your case in this episode haha), your photos and incredible stories you share back with us. Thank you whether you started listening last week or in 2015, whether you always listen, or just once in a while. Thank you as well for bearing with us between episode releases at times, we know we often test the limits of your patience ;-) Thank you also to all of you who came to say hi in airports, lounges, and planes, we always appreciate it (Alex will have his resting bitch face, Paul will have his stupid noise cancelling earbuds, but do come forward, we'll both smile and chat). Thank you for your enthusiasm and your friendship. We appreciate you. Much love to all from Alex and Paul. Happy flying <3

Nov 03 2019

1hr 33mins

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099 ARN - Facial boarding, Airways board game, epic Qatar, Emperor 747, AA flagship, Betsy beer 2.0

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Flight 099. Airways, the board game & softball, an avgeek game. Food galore, from the AirMos burger manual to the LHR AA chorizo hot dog, to the not-really-parisian Admirals baguette. UA Polaris confusion and AA absent service (ok, more like hit-and-miss): Paul and Alex compare their US travels (there's also AeroMexico, JetBlue, and Paul flies the longest possible AA route with a pajama). From windows shades (down) to wearing shades at facial boarding (and we debate facial recognition at airports around the world and how we feel about it all). Is the US mobile passport worth it? How to spot you're in a 757: the fierce take off, and interior pieces falling off. Paul has his best flight since we started recording, on Qatar in a Q Suite, and then gets baffled by an epic customer service delight in Doha. What would you do with 28 million, buy the Japanese Air Force One 747 of fly the new ANA seats (with a MASSIVE HUGE SCREEN) continuously for the rest of your life? Stockholm ARN secrets: the underground lake that warms and cools the airport, and the transfer trick between T5 and T2. Betsy is back in a very cool beer can.

Sep 29 2019

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098 DTW - Extraordinary HK, experiencing Delta, AA B&O, mad MAX, Gran Class, LAX Eagles Nest, e-NRT

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Flight 098. Shinkansen Gran Class, Four Seasons Mexico and Popeye Chicken sandwich, are we still an aviation podcast? The Eagle's Nest at LAX. Aer Pluto Lingus. SFO goes stupid with plastic. The 777x decompressed explosively. The 737 MAX is still wingless. Alex gets BA at the top of their game for an almost-diverted flight. NRT gets e-gates and Tokyo will get aircrafts over it (point your finger at HND). Qatar insists on business buses. Norwegian could get WOWd. WOW is reborn by the way of a Le Carre enigma. Paul finally flies AA, loves the B&O headphones. ANA goes BONX (and Alex goes ANA). Delevingne coffee at Heathrow. AA illogical re-re-refits. We meet listeners, thank you so much everyone (and for your patience!). Extraordinary times in Hong Kong, at HKG and for Cathay. Is Detroit DTW our #1 US airport? A magnificent Livermore Fest.

Sep 12 2019

1hr 55mins

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097 FAO - TWA love, underwater 747, Virgin Pride, Del(icious)ta, RIP Airbus father, AA MD80, BA cats

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Flight 097. The TWA hotel is everything we wanted. Long haul narrowbodies, a new old debate. USB-A versus USB-C, a new new debate (we just want good power!). Delta goes all in for good economy food, the US goes all in for the Open Skies (fifth freedoms, please!!). The cool Virgin Pride flight. The not very cool alone-in-the-dark-forgotten-by-Air-Canada experience. The under water 747 (and a few others to dive into, pun intended). The Brussels airport Stella, the 747 Microsoft simulator cockpit (that's one option), the PW2000 engine BBQ. American retires its MD80 and Qantas goes domestic for the end of its 747s. The cheap ERJs and the gone CRJ. What is the S in A321S (not SSSS, that's another story). The new Istanbul has Segway wheelchairs and some surprising live indoor mapping help. Uber chooses Melbourne for its VTOL trials (no FREE-something stupid rebrand) and MEL goes 3 runways (with a wind situation). Singapore extends the A380, but Air France will not (AT ALL). The passing of Continental (this time for good), and the passing of the father of Airbus (what a man, what a legacy!).

Jul 09 2019

1hr 32mins

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096 IST - Emirates rejig, airport Lambo, Skytrax porn, Sunrise 4th zone, BA bubbly, Embraer nickname

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Flight 096. Emirates fleet rejigging, 787 trashing, and basic business. The airport Lambo is nicer than the new Air Force One. What's in a name, MAX or no MAX, and other Boeing decisions. IAG steals the Paris Air Show PR. The A321XLR is amongst us. After beers and whisky, BA goes sparkling. What does Embraer actually stands for (it's a fun one). Space Jet gets a mystery sale. Do you need a door in your seats? Qantas retires its 747, pushes the 380 to its end. The Sunrise 4th zone, after the cabin, cockpit and lavatories, it's not a cargo nightclub. The LHR expansion finally revealed (for 2070 surely). A Turkish seat malfunction (the switches are amazing). The bespoke Airbus lettering (made by hand?). Germany blocks Norway (well, a Norwegian 737 MAX, haha). Lufthansa will also price its business seats. SkyTrax announces its 457th awards of the year (Qatar and Singapore are on top). A new way to enjoy Cathay First. The new IST is a big bet but impresses.

Jun 25 2019

1hr 31mins

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095 YYZ - Jewel WOW, EVA pizza, chipped E140, Airbus 50, Kulula, Finnair whisky, De Havilland, A220+

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Flight 095. EVA bakes pizza. Finnair does whisky. Airbus goes 50. Uber goes NY copter. Alex flies to South Africa, misplaces stuff (angry breakfast and angry lounge shower follow). Paul flies the Q Suite to Singapore, marvels at the Jewel waterfall (rain vortex!). United goes green. AF/KLM goes V plane. Alex survives a chipped E190 with rocky suspensions to Toronto. Paul falls in love with Singapore Airlines (again!) but damages a bin. The future of Changi T5. The A220 becomes enhanced. De Havilland is back. Introducing the MRJ CRJ Space Jet (or something). VIP Terminals. Paul flies EVA, loves the lounge pizza, the rest, well… Alex gets a crush on Toronto. Why YYZ?

Jun 11 2019

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094 TLV - RIP Niki, First beer, Boeing distrust, 747 record, SWISS 77W, JetBlue treason, fly Nando's

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Flight 094. Niki Lauda the legend who pushed death aside. Beers and more beers: Betsy makes a come back, BA adds a secret First Class bottled beer, and more on the Speedbird 100 (toilet clog, anyone?). From Nando's to Taco Bell, zeitgeist food in travel (and debating whether there is one or two Michelin star airport restaurants worldwide). BA goes whisky, JetBlue opts for treason (I mean, Pepsi, really?). United goes Spiderman, Avianca and women liveries. Alex flies the SWISS 77W, in 7A (Paul's favorite seat), but gets his wifi gobbled up (and Paul offers a trick to avoid paying for Swiss throne seats, and how to get an F experience on the cheap). None of us get thrown out of a plane (but one stupid passenger did in NZ, good!). Iberia measures your carry-on in augmented reality, and we measure the worst Aeroflot 1492 surviving passenger. Delta tests free wifi for all, no matter the seat back IFE comeback, and MUC tests what AMS already offers, seamless X-ray scanning. Cathay Move Beyond business, and attempts to move beyond a very murky HNA / HK Express situation (Alex wants to never move beyond the HK theme park however). Boeing fails to regain trust, whilst the 737 MAX is still thrustless. Google's superapp, Amazon's supperairport (and flight search!). Qatar reshuffles its fleet (and hates the 340, yay!) and goes Canada whilst Etihad goes Serbia. The South American game, some losers, some winners (a Ryanair of LatAm). Paul flies to a WeChat airport (in the midst of removing paper strips in its tower). The incredible LY001 747 history, along with a record that will never be broken. The TLV security measures, past and present, from VIP to sheruts.

May 27 2019

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093 INN - Speedbird beer, Superjet bounce, lavatory ratio, tricky airports, SQ farm, IFE privacy

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Flight 093. Paul sounds like a robot (sorry, guys), Alex sounds authoritative (he's always right, no?). The BA Speedbird 100 beer (when need Glen to assess it!). Some on-board pop that foams too much (Alex is the worst passenger). On-board food: increasing portions, farm-to-plane, rooftop potatoes. After the on-board food: the toilet to passenger ratio revealed (but also how to cram gold in a lavatory). Don't get too much on-board food: getting weighted to board (do the 7 layers of clothing count?). The future of ISL Ataturk and Mexico's airports (and BER, the Fyre Festival of airports). The tricky category C airports in Europe, Innsbruck, LCY and others that require special training (and specific technologies). The continuing acts of customer experience contritions by BA (afraid of JetBlue maybe?) and United (but it goes only so far). JAL really did name its low cost Zip Air Tokyo (and used Word to create the logo). The best Priority Pass lounges awards. Tons of feedback. And the uncertain future of the Sukhoi Superjet 100, after the sad tragedy.

May 14 2019

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092 KUH - United love, JAL Zipair, BA coronation chicken, shoddy Dreamliner, Star Wars 738, IFE 56F

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Flight 092. Alex loves Innsbruck 3000. Paul loves running in CDG 3000. We adore the new TWA infinity edge pool 3000. We love the new United livery 3000. We love tiny airports that behave like big ones, 3000. We love the BA coronation chicken 3000, the best shot haul airplane food in Europe. We love Emirates and Qantas IFE data 3000, and luxury brands love Emirates 3000. We're fascinated by the post Jet Airways Indian market, 3000. We do not love United crew who resell ticket, Emirates First passengers who steal bottles, or Cathay staff who steal cutlery, 3000. We're intrigued by the Japanese low-cost market, 3000, baffled at the Hong Kong Airlines infighting, 3000, and by the Taiwan airline heirs saga, 3000. Lufthansa loves Europe 3000. We're aghast at the Boeing Charleston revelations (3000?). We wish the US3 would actually stop whining, 3000. The new Japan era isn't 3000. United, 3000, Avengers, assemble …what? Yeah, Paul should really stop with those bad Endgame puns in those notes …3000.

Apr 27 2019

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091 DEL - Virgin half door, JetBlue Europe, BA First buttons, IST Big Bang, DME cheese, Grand STN

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Flight 091. Warning, doesn't contain images of any aircraft in distress. BA pizza app delivery to Lagos (so many questions!). Risk of cheese smell upon landing at Moscow DME (does that make immigration go faster?). Virgin Atlantic unveils a half door (but it has nice colors). Paul flies BA First with round buttons (but fix that 789 IFE remote for Pete's sakes!!). Alex bids his Etihad way up (just to be jarred by the backward seating). JetBlue announces the worsts-kept secret in the industry: it's coming to Europe (and we devise their winning strategy for LCY). Flying in style: in-flight bars or lounges (more precisely, being alone or not). The DME Navigator lounge seat Paul and Alex fight over. The New Istanbul looks grandiose (congrats! And thank you for our ever-incredible listeners for the pictures just after opening). Ethiopia overtakes DXB (kinda) and DWC decides to wait for the Heathrow's third runway (kinda again). Grand Stansted Tour hilarious rant. Why is Jet Airways even trying anymore? We can't avoid discussing the 737 MAX. And DEL, well, we'll let you judge…

Apr 13 2019

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090 RIX - BA Club Suite, cockpit goals, bye WOW, Qantas cafe, bold StarLux, Sukhoi 380, 737 MAX bind

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Flight 090. BA flies to the wrong destination (Ryanair mocks, but did worse) and introduces its shortest hop ever. WOW is gone, Jet Airways is close to be gone, but StarLux goes bold. AMS has a direct view on the luggage delivery system (WHAT?!). Astana is no more (just the name of the city, we recorded 079 just at the right time!). Cathay buys Hong Kong Express (did we call it?). ANA gets its first A380, and a very cute one. The Russia 860-seater double-decker escalator-filled plane that never was (but engineers designed folding wing tips). The Irkut MC-21 flies to compete with the 320/737. Qantas mulls crazy ideas for its ultra long haul flights (but, really, a space to stretch our legs is all we'd hope for). The LHR hawk is so smart (the Singapore stowaway too?). Cool flight deck stories at Delta (family goals!) and JetBlue (PA goals!). More to the 737 story. The RIX airfield that you can't miss. And yes, BA introduce the Club Suite …what do we think?

Mar 31 2019

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089 TSE - 737 MAX tragedy, A380 buyback, AirDrop WTF, skiplag fight, Air Astana joy, Southwest dress

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Flight 089. The Ethiopian disaster, the 737 MAX grounding and aftermath. A dress, a baby and a stupid passenger enter aircrafts, who gets tasered? (Not the red badge!) Lufthansa fights skiplagging, on-boards doctors (amazing program!!), ditches four engines aircrafts (and Airbus is buying the 380 back!) The best wine and champagne in the sky (but where is Emirates?) Random AirDrop, the new in-flight game. United prepares a new globe (be careful, it's delicate!) and BA unveils its last vintage livery. Cathay eyes HK Express (and we eye the HKG Qantas lounge). Do not ever fly the SAS A340 LN-RKP (it sucks). Be careful with iPad stands that look like a knife (Paul knows). Air Astana keeps Diet Coke refrigerated just for Alex, whilst Paul embarks on a depiction of the sky color of beautiful Astana, Alex rocks the jacket on a (limo)bike whilst Paul explains fuel hedging — Paul clearly needs to up his game to catch up with being Alex cool.

Mar 16 2019

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088 MEX - So long A380, identity error anxiety, AFKLM fights, ETAs everywhere, red wings, Aeromexico

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Flight 088. The end of the A380. Color printing is key to enter MEX. The new world of electronic authorizations of travel. The delicate art and science of aircraft forecasting (and everybody gets it wrong). The real prices of aircrafts. Rolls-Royce is losing a ton of money. Toulouse, both a name and a city. Wings can't be red anymore. Alex flies to SFO, or at least tries to, gets humiliated on the way before experiencing a comedy of errors. Paul flies to SFO via the long route, navigating the bowels of DXB, not sure his luggage would ever follow. Process versus experience, comparing two fantastic airlines, Emirates and Cathay. Did Cathay steal the Lufthansa seats at SFO? Alex tries Aeromexico and flies over the cancelled new MEX. SFO gets an observation deck, only for Star Alliance, which might mean Etihad too soon. Air France and KLM need couple counseling. Paul gets mistaken for Jason Bourne.

Mar 07 2019

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087 GMP - Ethiopian love, premium business, JAL shoe shine, FRA T3, Aeroflot hijack, stupid alcohol

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Flight 087. The beeping T-shirt, A Star Wars Story. Paul falls in love with Ethiopian, reviews Asiana and JAL. IAG gives up on Norwegian. WOW has no more wow. FlyBe might be saved. NRT celebrates 40, expands new signage, offers no-nonsense security, but no more whisky. JAL's First shoe shine service. A snow globe crashes. The never-ending 787 Trent story: ANA incident, Norwegian replacements. BA announces 747 retirement plans (it's SOON!). FRA is building a new terminal (more stupid layouts?). Premium business, and more fare segmentation. Alcohol makes people dangerously stupid: a JAL pilot arrested and fired, a passenger hijacks an Aeroflot 737, and WestJet sues intoxicated passenger for diversion (we're rooting for WestJet!). BA plays the wrong track.

Feb 09 2019

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086 YTZ - Remembering Herb, cooking United, fancy dress lounge, shutdown pizza, A220-500, last B727

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Flight 086. Remembering Herb Kelleher, how he changed the aviation world, his legacy, his lessons, his arm wrestling. The Miracle of the Hudson, as witnessed by Alex. FRA comes to its senses and asks passengers to not come to the airport. Tipping flight attends, for or against? United loves Pacific Blue, Premium Purple, Atlantic Amethyst, and Apple. Cook your own United food. Is there always a doctor in the plane? Gulf Air goes "boutique", British Airways goes vintage, Aer Lingus goes non-sense, S7 stays a very bright green horse. No fancy dressing, no noise, no food liberation, the lounge etiquettes. The last B727 passenger flight. Will the A220-500 be built in the USA? The US shutdown effects, from security lapses to Delta not getting its A220s, to pizza deliveries. The Amadeus exploit, no seat or the ATR oxygen, what's the worse safety lapse? With QR getting full EU access, should BA move to Qatar post-Brexit? BCN uses MS Paint to create the worse e-gates in the world. Does drone geofencing work? Do McNuggets in lounge work? Our best 2018 flight memory (cheeky and charming, maybe?).

Jan 25 2019

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085 USU - Drone frenzy, dumped MNL 737, CebGo ATR, Brexit IAG, turbulence gimbal, China Coast Pub

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Flight 085. HKG gates numbers, HKG electronic security, HKG landside shopping — a ton of HKG minutiae. A220 dividers debate, A220 sales success, A220 charcuterie board — a ton of A220 ingredients. MNL safety lapses, MNL domestic adventure, MNL abandoned Xiamen 737 — a ton of MNL mischief. Boeing longest range, Boeing sci-fi wing, Boeing Norwegian Iran jam — a ton of Boeing scores. Brexit IAG headache, Brexit German Rolls-Royce, Brexit remote stand — a ton of Brexit nonsense. BA turbulence fear, CX turbulence coffee gimbal, China high terrain — a ton of turbulence dread. LGW drone hysteria, LHR drone stoppage, eagles drone intercept — a ton of drone frenzy. LX cancellation, LH delays, FRA bus strike — a ton of stupidity. A Beech H18, Dan Dan Mien, the China Coast Pub — a ton of elegant delights.

Jan 10 2019

1hr 53mins

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084 AUH - Racing Etihad, Priority idiocy, Joon FML, Fog shutdown, Lufthansa Goose, Air France bread

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Flight 084. The Epic Etihad Flight Comparison. The Never-ending Frankfurt Airport Disaster. The Unexpected CDG Layover Trust. The Renewed A220 Divider Saga. The Astonishing Tyson v Fury Priority Gate Fight. The Great Pizza Lounge Search. The Surprising Fog Safety Shutdown. The Memorable Rothschild Peeing Dog. The Forever Gone Joon BS Experiment. The Clever Peak Design Travel Bag. The Succulent Lufthansa Goose Tradition. The Unforeseen BA Lounge Food Amelioration. The Endlessly Funny Visa Gate Wait. The Incredible Al Fursan Air Show. The Unhoped For Moronic Airport Scooters. The Idiotic Early AA LHR Move. The Uncertain Shared Window Courtesy. The Funny HEL ad. The Divinely Graceful AUH Tower. The Unsurprising Blurriness of Flight Experiences.

Dec 06 2018

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Welcome back!

By Jia in RDU - Sep 12 2019
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Welcome back Paul and Alex! Sounds like you both had a fantastic summer. I discovered your show two years ago and have been a HUGE fan of it. I listened to all the episodes since. I am a frequent traveler myself. My most frequent travel pattern is from RDU to TYO at least every month, plus more travels to other East Asia destinations such as SEL, TPE, PVG, PEK and etc. Wish I could travel to Europe more often as it would be a much shorter trips.... Anyhow, your show is often what I listen to on these long plane rides. Thanks for the great work and keep it up!

Clay Hershberger

By hershberg61 - May 24 2019
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Finally listened to all 93 episode and can’t wait for more!