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DLD 338: On Island Time

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Back on the road and exploring the world, with some thoughts on just how well that’s going overall and why we’re not in a huge hurry to do more of it too soon.

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For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

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Jun 17 2021

42mins

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DLD 337: The Tropics of New England

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Summer is heating up in more ways than one. Booking rooms in some destinations is dicey and seems unlikely to get better any time soon.

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For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

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Jun 10 2021

44mins

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DLD 336: Woohoo!

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Many things are happening in the aviation and travel world. We’re talking about some of them in this week’s show.

Also in this episode:

  • Belarus hijacking (Ryanair headed Athens to Vilnius)
  • Domestic airfares are insane
  • AS to BZE
  • AA/AS Upgrade Reciprocity
  • AA/B6 Elite earnings [What does this all mean for AA]
  • US opening to Canadians

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

  • Summer travel plans coming into focus
  • Loose routing rules at play

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

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Jun 03 2021

42mins

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DLD 335: It really was that nice

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Seth was skeptical of the new LaGuardia in last week’s show. That proved a mistake.

Also in this episode:

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

  • Supersonic business jet hopeful Aerion abruptly ceased operations. What does that mean for the rest of the supersonic industry?
  • A strange and very Canadian story about a lawsuit tied to striking hotel workers being hit by a van carrying Lufthansa crew crossing the picket line.

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

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May 27 2021

40mins

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DLD 334: Live from New York…

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A confluence of work, leisure, and just living has a trio of us on the Williamsburg waterfront on a gorgeous May Saturday for our first in-person recording in well over a year.

Also in this episode:

  • Stephan and special guest Jason recount their recent travel experiences. For both of them it was their first flying in the COVID era
  • Vistara to launch Weekly Haneda service on short notice
  • Delta Air Lines is looking for employee volunteers at SkyClubs in Atlanta
  • A mid-air collision at Centennial Airport outside Denver where no-one was injured

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

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May 20 2021

28mins

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DLD 333: Once more unto the breach

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Ground issues grounding a plane is harder than you’d think to explain, but very much at the center of the latest 737 MAX drama.

Also in this episode:

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

  • Breeze to hire non-college kid FAs

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

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May 13 2021

45mins

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DLD 332: I always feel like somebody’s watching me

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Maybe we went a little too far off the rails talking about privacy and ad tech and where they intersect. Including on board JetBlue’s newest A220 fleet. But that shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

Also in this episode:

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

Oh, and Seth got at least two references wrong: Picked the wrong pop Justin to make a joke about and Grab became Servy, not Divvy. Oops.

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May 06 2021

40mins

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DLD 331: Copycats and Quarantines

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Picking routes for a new airline is a major challenge, with significant unknowns. Unless you just take an existing airline and copy its core operating plan. That’s what Connect Airlines appears to have in mind for an October 2021 launch, shadowing the Porter Air transborder model.

Also in this episode:

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

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Apr 22 2021

41mins

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DLD 330: Aya and Avi’s Airplane Adventure

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We’ve got a special guest on the show this week, talking about a very special topic. There’s a new aviation-themed children’s book out, Aya and Avi’s Airplane Adventure, and we’ve got the author on to talk about his inspiration for pulling it together and a few other things.

The book follows an ambitious young girl named Aya with a dream of being a pilot, and a shy boy who learns to love the magic of flight named Avi, as they take an airplane adventure with Dad and Papa and learn that you can be anyone you want to be.

Also in this episode:

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

  • The MAX 8200 is now certified and should be flying across Europe soon.

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

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Apr 08 2021

41mins

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DLD 329: Dots, Lines & Losers

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Perhaps it was a mistake to let an outsider take the lead on one of our episodes. But what follows in nearly an hour of spectacular conversation about, not surprisingly, travel and pent-up demand and what the return to normal will be like.

This week we’ve got Ed from Miles To Go leading the party and, well, it is interesting.

Some of the topics in this episode:

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

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Mar 25 2021

51mins

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DLD 328: The thrill of the hunt

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A mistake fare brought back some excitement we haven’t felt in a long time, even if it eventually cancelled. Plus Iceland to Antarctica and much more!

Also in this episode:

  • UA 328 lost an engine and that was all sorts of exciting, plus the flight number matches our episode number, assuming we counted correctly
  • US Airport transit funding rules change and it could be a major win, though probably not a LaGuardia
  • ATR testing single pilot operations with FedEx
  • United adds bus service in Denver
  • Icelandair went to Antarctica
  • Boeing talking about possible safety issues at Airbus doesn’t look good, even if it might be vaguely accurate, plus EASA said it first
  • Lufthansa is ready to ground the A380 permanently
  • Air Sinai (which we talked about a year ago) could be going away for good?
  • Some follow-up on the Boston-London market and slots

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

  • Frequent flier account data was compromised because of a leak at SITA
  • IranAir as some interesting aircraft acquisition processes
  • TAP’s mistake fare

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

Mar 11 2021

33mins

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DLD 327: Travel Traditions

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Sometimes travel is about new and different adventures. Sometimes it is about repeating the most boring or ridiculous habits. And, when done right, it is often a great blend of both. We close out this week’s episode with some discussion of travel souvenirs that we’re constantly collecting, or at least that we did back when we traveled more. And that we’re looking forward to resuming soon enough.

Also in this episode:

  • Potential for Amtrak preclearance in Montreal
  • The BA Baby Bus gone, and we’re not all that sad about it
  • DeHaviland “pauses” Q400 assembly, and has to move the factory, too
  • United Airlines signed on to a deal with eVTOL maker Archer, except it isn’t nearly as big a deal as the headlines might suggest
  • American Airlines and JetBlue have their first codeshare routes and expanded markets tied to the Northeast Alliance, even as the partnership continues to draw opposition from competitors. Details here and here.
  • United will eventually launch BOS-LHR in “retaliation” for JetBlue’s expansion
  • Some listener questions:
    • Is it ethical to travel one I’ve finished the vaccine regime? The data says that I’m protected, but not that I can’t infect someone else. Would you feel ok traveling if you had the vaccine, but the vast vast vast majority of people do not?
    • I’ve been looking at what countries have what requirements for entry of Americans and I can’t find any policy changes for people that can prove vaccination. Do you guys know a central site that tracks what the entry requirements are at any given time? Seth suggests TIMATIC as a solution.

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

Feb 25 2021

44mins

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DLD 326: Driven!

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An aviation podcast talking about driving? Sometimes that’s the only viable option, and it is strange. Plus, so are we.

Also in this episode:

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

Feb 11 2021

44mins

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DLD 325: Flip-flopping along

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First the policies change. Then they change again. Keeping up with that back and forth is incredibly challenging. But we’re trying.

Topics in this episode:

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

Huge thanks to our newest patrons:

  • Matthew H.
  • Arthur L.
  • Megan J.
  • Jeff A.
  • Ben B.
  • Mike R.

Jan 28 2021

40mins

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DLD 324: Fraud, Funding, and Settlements

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We start 2021 with an unplanned trip down memory lane to Malta, because happy travel memories are a good thing

Also in this episode:

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

  • New York City’s new Amtrak terminal

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

Jan 14 2021

29mins

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DLD 323: 2,000 year-old leftovers

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We definitely don’t recommend eating it, but the 2,000 year old street meat discoveries in the ruins of Pompeii are all sorts of awesome.

Also in this episode:

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

Dec 31 2020

33mins

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DLD 322: …And then see what sticks

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As has happened several times since the pandemic began airlines are shaking up their route maps with idea so crazy they just might work. So which new destinations will work this time around??

Also in this episode:

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

Dec 24 2020

48mins

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DLD 321: Psssst….I’ve got a great JetTip for you

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Where have all the cool planes gone? If you frequently find yourself wondering about that JetTip.net might help with some answers, at least in the US and Canada. And we’ve got founder Nick Benson on this week’s show to talk about that and lots of other fun stuff.

Also in this episode:

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

Dec 17 2020

35mins

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DLD 320: MAXimum effort

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Is it a race to be first, or just normal business to get the planes back into the sky? Just one of many questions surrounding the 737 MAX return to service now that the grounding has been lifted in the USA.

And to help dig deeper into the issue we’ve brought in Chris Sloan of Airchive to talk about the MAX. He was on the American Airlines media tour last week to see the aircraft in action and talk to the maintenance crews in Tulsa helping to bring it back to service levels.

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

  • Drone photography: awesome or awful?
  • Sim time

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

Header image: An American Airlines 737MAX at the Tulsa maintenance center (via Chris Sloan/TheAirchive.net)

Dec 10 2020

36mins

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DLD 319: Bursting that bubble

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It was a travel bubble that burst before the first flight ever departed. After much buildup the Hong Hong-Singapore bubble never took off, though it still could eventually.

Also in this episode:

For our Patreon subscribers we have bonus content, including:

  • Which bubbles might work with testing, and how involved must that testing be??

And plenty more. Enjoy the show!

Nov 26 2020

35mins

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Informative talk about the airline industry

By JayWat7 - Jan 24 2020
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Informative talk about the airline industry

Keep flying

By wellnesssergeant - Jan 10 2020
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Really loving this podcast. It feels like I’m always on a trip.