Rank #1: In Conversation: AIX 2019
Runway Girl Network editor Mary Kirby and journalist Marisa Garcia join deputy editor John Walton at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg to debrief on the world’s largest and most important #PaxEx trade show with a special extended episode of In Conversation.
The big surprise this year was the impact of the 737 MAX on the industry, so what does that mean for the passenger experience suppliers at the show? Elsewhere, what’s the future of inflight connectivity? Has Ka-band beaten Ku-band in the satellite internet stakes?
What’s next for inflight maps, with new solutions and technologies abounding? How about responsive surfaces, and new seats? How is the airline industry working to achieve equality of access for Deaf and hard of hearing passengers? And what more can we all do to remove barriers to participation in aviation?
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Apr 06 2019
Rank #2: In Conversation: what’s new in economy class?
Going deep on economy seats, Routehappy by ATPCO director of airline research Jason Rabinowitz joins RGN deputy editor John Walton to discuss the latest trends down the back of the plane, where new generations of seating products create more space for airlines, and in some cases for passengers.
What new slimline seats are on the horizon for passengers in economy class? Which airlines have big plans for their economy product? What do these changes mean for passengers’ knees — and for their eyeballs? Which of the new generation of slimlines, with their brand-new engineering, work best for passengers, and which get the density airlines want but at the cost of comfort? And, if you’re an airline, how can you get them on your planes fastest, including by leasing a full set of seats from Lufthansa Technik?
May 25 2018
Rank #3: In Conversation: Goodbye to the A380 and hello to airplane meals with Cynthia Drescher
What do we lose when we lose the Airbus A380? Why do passengers love it, and why haven’t airlines been as keen? What can airlines do to replicate the passenger experience on the popular superjumbo aboard their smaller aircraft? And what are our memories aboard the famous “whalejet”?
Meanwhile, with inflight meals a subject of much conversation online this week, why is it so cool to hate on airplane food? Do caterers and airlines deserve it? What’s the good and the bad in airline catering? Which airlines do it well, and which carriers can others learn from? And is bringing a bag of brussels sprouts the solution? (Spoiler: no, it is not.)
Feb 24 2019
Rank #4: In Conversation: Live inside a flydubai Boeing 737 MAX 8
Recorded live in one of flydubai's 737 MAX aircraft, the airline’s vice president of inflight product, Dan Kerrison, is in conversation with RGN Deputy Editor John Walton, discussing this fascinating airline — “always the launch customer for something!” — and the innovative passenger experience it continues to design.
How is flydubai’s inflight and on-the-ground product evolving? To what extent does being a smaller airline than its bigger neighbour — and partner — Emirates make the airline more nimble? How did the airline work with JPA Design, Thompson Aero Seating, Recaro and Zodiac Aerospace to create the new cabin, seats and IFE? What soft product improvements are planned? How does inflight entertainment content work with the airline’s three official languages? Why does flydubai take its new 737 aircraft empty from Boeing? And how is the airframer’s new radome affecting inflight connectivity?
Mar 31 2018
Rank #5: In Conversation: Seeking to make sense of New York airport decisions
RGN contributing editor John Walton is in conversation with New Yorker Jason Rabinowitz, director of airline research at Routehappy, about New York’s three, four, five or six airports (depending on how you count them), the #PaxEx in the world’s largest aviation market, and future plans from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
What’s going on with “third world” LaGuardia? Why is JFK still a mess? Is the Port Authority making things worse? Will we ever see decent public transportation to the airports? How do the airlines at JFK, Newark, LaGuardia and elsewhere line up? Will Norwegian’s Stewart operation be a Ryanair-style “New York-ish” success? And what needs to happen for change to be possible in the future?
Sep 18 2017
Rank #6: In Conversation: Marisa Garcia at IATAAGM
Diving into what went down at this year’s IATA AGM in Sydney, aviation journalist Marisa Garcia joins RGN deputy editor John Walton to analyse what commercial aviation’s largest and most influential trade body is thinking.
What did new chairman of the board Akbar al Baker say about the capacity and capability of women to run airlines — and was it, as he suggests, both blown out of proportion and a joke that missed the mark? Did IATA and Qatar Airways do enough to correct the record after the shocked aftermath? But what skills do aviation CEOs need, and are they unique to aviation? Elsewhere on the IATA agenda, why do airlines want airports re-regulated? And what changes are afoot among the global airline alliances?
Jun 25 2018
Rank #7: In Conversation: Regional ramifications of the ITC for Boeing, Bombardier, Airbus and Embraer
Recorded the day before the International Trade Commission’s surprise ruling in favour of Bombardier in Boeing’s case against the Canadian airframer’s C Series, CNN Aviation Editor Jon Ostrower joins RGN Deputy Editor John Walton to discuss the latest in this ongoing saga.
Who are the key players, and what’s their interest in the game? What was Boeing’s argument to trade adjudicators about the C Series? Did it measure up to industry scrutiny? Do airlines really consider the C Series, the Boeing 737 MAX 7, and the Airbus A319neo in the same fleet conversation? How did Boeing’s move push Airbus and Bombardier closer together, leaving Boeing with the almost inevitable conclusion to continue working closely with Embraer? And what’s next for this market segment at a time of monumental change?
Jan 27 2018
Rank #8: In Conversation: Europe update with Gesche Wüpper
It’s a busy 2019 already for European aviation, with airlines disappearing, drones appearing and Brexit looming. Aviation journalist Gesche Wüpper is in conversation with RGN deputy editor John Walton to analyse the very latest news and consider the consequences.
What are the implications of Virgin Atlantic’s purchase of Flybe? Will it work where previous efforts have failed? Why is Air France ending the Joon experiment, and what does it mean for new Air France-KLM head honcho Benjamin Smith? Are there too many brands within Air France-KLM still?
Across the channel, what can the Gatwick and Heathrow drone situations teach other airports? And with time ticking down to Brexit, what’s the latest around the UK’s exit from the EU — for airlines, manufacturers including Airbus, and indeed the human passenger experience consequences for travellers?
Jan 19 2019
Rank #9: In Conversation: CEO Mark Hiller on the aircraft interiors industry
During a visit to Recaro Aircraft Seating’s headquarters in Schwäbisch Hall, CEO Mark Hiller is in conversation with RGN deputy editor John Walton for a wide-ranging discussion of the aircraft interiors industry.
How have the high-tech seats we sit on in aircraft today evolved over time? Why is Recaro positioning itself as a consumer brand in a B2B2C space, and how does it work with airlines to market itself? What’s new in the world of seating, especially with the narrowbodied middle-of-market aircraft reaching longer and longer distances? How do the trends of individualisation, privacy, customisation and upgradeability work together?
And are we still using the Beyonce Model (if you liked it, you should have put a door on it) to create business class suites?
Sep 20 2018
Rank #10: In Conversation: the Paris Air Show with Caroline Bruneau
Recorded live at Le Bourget during the 53rd Paris Air Show, Aérospatium's Caroline Bruneau joins RGN deputy editor John Walton to put this most unusual show into its wider aviation context.
Beyond the passenger experience, beyond the Boeing 737 MAX, Airbus A321XLR and others news in the commercial space, what are the problems facing the aviation industry more widely? What do we as an industry need to be doing in order to meet the growing forecasts for industry employees in the future, and how do we make sure that we can fill the proverbial pipeline?
Within France, what’s the latest on the political movement to ban domestic flying? Elsewhere, how are global low cost carriers moving forward with their aircraft, in the context of the absence of the A380? And what about the Boeing NMA with the new longer-range A321neo?
Jun 23 2019
Rank #11: In Conversation: Bernie Baldwin at the Farnborough Air Show
Fresh from the Farnborough Air Show 2018, aviation journalist Bernie Baldwin is in conversation with RGN deputy editor John Walton, analysing the big passenger experience news from this year’s pivotal airshow.
What was the Embraer E190-E2 like inside, and how has it changed from previous versions of the E-Jet family? How will the new staggered first class seating change the game? What’s up with the new Bombardier CRJ Atmosphère regional jet cabin, and what will be different for passengers on board? With the Bombardier C Series now seeing orders as the Airbus A220, what’s new for this segment? What’s new with the Mitsubishi MRJ? Why is Airbus pulling out the cabin of the A330neo, and what’s insider HiFly’s first second-hand A380? And just how many times can Bernie and John enthuse about overhead bins?
Jul 28 2018
Rank #12: In Conversation: Iceland’s capacity and airline competition in a tourist boom
Icelandic photographer and aviation industry Bergdís Norðdahl is in conversation with RGN Deputy Editor John Walton this week, talking about one of the world’s most fascinating aviation markets: the international flights via and domestic demand from Keflavik Airport in Reykjavik.
How has Iceland’s domestic market — about half of the demand for the Icelandic carriers — recovered from the global financial crisis, which hit the island country particularly hard? What do Icelanders want from Icelandair and WOW Air? Is WOW’s customer-wowing pricing sustainable? Will WOW U-turn over connectivity? And what’s next in passenger experience from one of the world’s key Boeing 757 niche markets?
Oct 27 2017
Rank #13: In Conversation: future stormclouds gather for KLM and Amsterdam Schiphol
Aviation Yteke de Jong speaks with RGN Deputy Editor John Walton from Amsterdam, talking all things KLM and Schiphol Airport in the context of some looming threats for both the airline and its hub operation.
What do the relatively positive annual report figures during the booming economy mean for KLM and, with less rosy figures, Air France-KLM? What does KLM need to do to put itself in a better position — in terms of passenger experience and other performance — for leaner times? With 20% of its market touching the UK, how will Brexit affect KLM? What about the trans-Atlantic partnership with Delta, Air France, Virgin Atlantic and Alitalia? And with government constraints, what does Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport need to do in order to keep its place as a favoured hub within northwestern Europe?
Feb 26 2018
Rank #14: In Conversation: ATR with Zuzana Hrnkova
ATR’s vice president and head of marketing Zuzana Hrnkova joins RGN deputy editor John Walton to talk about the past, present and future of the turboprop airframer.
What is ATR, and where do its two aircraft, the ATR 72 and 42, fit in the aviation spectrum? How are they different from the rest of the market? Why are turbopropos more efficient, with a lower environmental impact, than jet aircraft? What’s the ATR-42S short-takeoff-and-landing version, and why is ATR proposing it? Just how many missions need an 800-metre runway, and where?
How has the passenger experience aboard ATR’s turboprops changed over the years, and how has the Armonia cabin helped? Just how have ATR and Geven fit 18-inch-wide seats into a turboprop fuselage, and are airlines still requesting seats with recline?
And lastly, how is ATR’s work to bring induction loop technology for Deaf and hard of hearing passengers going? What is the solution looking like, and how will it be implemented?
Aug 25 2019
Rank #15: In Conversation: Airbus’ Innovation Days with Howard Slutsken
Fresh from the Airbus Innovation Days in Toulouse, aviation journalist and storyteller Howard Slutsken joins RGN deputy editor John Walton to talk about what’s new in the world of Airbus, from new faces at the top of the business to new options for the A321neo, new seating for the A350 and much more.
Will Airbus launch the A321XLR, YLR or ZLR at the Paris Air Show next month? Just how rocky is the “rock” and how hard is the “hard place” in the middle of the market? What’s new with the Airbus A220, né Bombardier C Series, and how did Airbus put some Canadian backs up at the Innovation Days?
Will Airbus fold yacht technology back into aviation? What other innovations is the airframer looking at? And will the new ten-abreast A350 configuration with sculpted sidewalls live up to the promises Airbus’ sales supremo Christian Scherer is making?
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May 31 2019