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074 MTY — Avroliner love, Lufthansa 748 First, SkyTrax debate, FRA disaster, LiveATC, BOG World Cup

Flights 074. Alex witnesses the worst passenger ever. Paul witnesses the best passenger ever. The new Lufthansa livery explained. Flying First in the nose of the Lufthansa 747-8i. Singapore confirms its longest flight. The A380 is scrapped for parts. Can we believe SkyTrax? Etihad encourages its pilots to fly for Emirates. LiveATC joy. The inconsistency of airport security. LHR gets approval for its 3rd runway. FRANKFURT AIRPORT IS A TOTAL DISASTER.


073 MLE — Bourdain travel, ANA World Cup, 787 dimming speed, Americano ignorance, Maldives seaplanes

Flight 073. Discomfort is why we travel, a tribute to Bourdain. Alex falls in love with AA. Paul goes to NYC for half a day. E190 configurations. Europe business class v the rest of the world. ANA 789 experience. The upcoming wave of Chinese tourism. US extreme vetting. Dreamliner RR engines fall out. 787 dimming windows speed. Privilege Style for Norwegian. BA First let down. Seaplanes in the Maldives. And more.


072 ORD - A320 CTRL-ATL-DEL, LHR Tatooine, US ME3 deal, the Airbus A200, pilot poaching, AF no more?

Flight 072. Rebooting a A320 in-flight. The 787 RR saga gets bigger, has BA un-retiring 747s. Toy Story and joyful liveries. Norwegian strategy stalls. An A330 slaps a A321 at IST. The US reaches an agreement with the ME3. Emirates and Bvlgari have more amenity kits that you can handle. Air France could get bankrupt this time. Heathrow has flights to the Death Star. Lufthansa blues. Airbus renames the Bombardier CS. Singapore gets better by the day. Alitalia might have gotten illegal...


071 TPE — Hello Kitty gates, standing-up seats, air bidets, grappa lounge, 737 beer, engine failures

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.


070 ICN — IAG wants Norwegian, cargo beds, China routes, Peach Aviation, Kitten IFE

Flight 070. IAG buys a bit of Norwegian, wants more. EU wants to reduce passenger rights. Alex flies to ICN, KIX, HND, tries Peach. Paul flies to TPE, DXB and LUX, tries the Apple Watch. Beijing builds a massive airport, Berlin keeps failing at its one. Two A380 go charter. Avios (finally) shuts down. LHR T1 is auctioned off. The robots of ICN.


069 CLT — United dog, Narita grows, Air Italy, ashtrays, sky diamonds, airport rocking chairs

Flight 069. The week United killed a dog and went from bad to worse. The in-flight WiFi black hole over Europe. Narita gets a new runway. Banning frequent flyers from flying in Russia. Diamonds fall from the sky. Why are there ashtrays in new planes? Attache Travel goes to Kyushu and release its book. Layovers meets Mastication Nation over plane food. Air Italy gets off the ground. The rocking chairs of CLT.


068 CGK — Epic Garuda First, Lufthansa re-livery, US and Qatar Airways peace, budget Star Alliance

Flight 068. Paul flies Garuda in First, narrates the up and downs of the history of the Indonesian airline. Is Lufthansa really re-brading again? The US settles with Qatar Airways. Star Alliance onboard budget airlines. Embraer and Boeing kinda marry. Alex flies Emirates to DXB.


066 CPH — Airbus shaken not stirred, BA recline, Europe pilot chase, no more US 747, robot carry-on

Flight 066. Airbus gets all shaken up. No more recline for BA. Airport noise insanity. No more US 747s. Boeing, Bombardier, Delta, Embraer, AeroMexico, the US airline world plays chess. Fuel efficiency in the skies. A robot carry-on. And more. — (full show notes will be added soon!)


064 LED — United 767, snowpocalypse, pizza lounge, A380 Xmas tree, 747 amenity kit, smart bag ban

Flight 064. The verdict on United 767 Polaris. The 747 amenity kit. The snow wreaks havoc on BA and London Heathrow. Airbus draws a Christmas tree (freshener) over Germany. The smart carry-ons get finally dumbed down by U.S. airlines. Where's the pizza lounge in Europe?! —


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

Flight 060. Mark Vanhoenacker, our favorite airline pilot is back with us for the release of How To Land A Plane, his new book. Will he leave the 747 for the 787? The memories of first 747 landing and his 320 training, Do we prefer landing or taking off? And a few Airplane! quotes. — Show notes:


057 ICN — 747-8i, laptop ban ending, A320 engine coins, security awkwardness, FCO praise

Flight 057. Paul flies the 747-8i with Korean Air business class. Alex praises BA at LHR and during flight. That time when a microphone got confused for a sex toy. A320 engine coins. Laptop ban winding down. Qatar buys some AA, cancels A350s, leases planes to BA. Etihad free seat bidding. FCO impresses. And much more. (SHOW NOTES WILL RETURN IN AUGUST)


055 MCT - Qatar blockade, plane burgers, in-flight bluetooth, BA fallout, Oman Air

Flight 055. The Qatar conundrum. Burger (and McDonald’s) in the air. Is Bluetooth allowed in flights (and what Bose did to privacy). BA IT crash, the immediate fallout and status extension. And more.


039 DME - Throne seat, Wow Air Snapchat, Solar Impulse, Malaysian loses CEO, US consolidation

Flight 039. King size bed seats, throne seats, configurable bench seats, new inventions in a world of reduced leg room. How consolidation in the US skies might hurt choice for the consumer. Another smart luggage, one we might actually buy. A quite epic Emirates business class experience. Wow Air will fly you to Snapchat for them. Solar Impulse crosses the Pacific Ocean. The non-story of a drone hitting a plane. The turnaround CEO of Malaysian quits after less than a year. —...


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

Flight 038. The story behind Virgin America’s death: why Alaska bought it, why JetBlue didn’t, why Alaska might regret it, why it made sense for the investors to sell, how JetBlue goes after Virgin’s passengers, how we all lose out, and what will happen to the brand. A bit of hope for the 747. The dire state of the TSA. The confidence behind Emirates’ new booking system. A pillow that calls itself smart. KLM is boarding the new Facebook Messenger. Warheads board an Air Serbia plane. A...


037 LCA - Airbus Airspace, Boom, 777 saves the UK, a kinder Ryanair, Iron Maiden 747

Flight 037. Who will buy Virgin America and will the brand survive? Airspace, or when Airbus brands its widebody cabins for the travelers. Ryanair decides to become nice. Is Virgin Atlantic finally mulling a long haul low cost product? As crews misbehave in flight, they might love the new A350. Boom, the startup that wants to solve supersonic travel. When the UK has a shortage of biscuits, it sends 777s to the rescue. The infamous hijacker selfie. Aces High for the Iron Maiden 747. —...


036 KEF - Bizarre Delta ads, EU fed up with US on Norwegian, a flaw in TSA Pre

Flight 036. The most hated airlines on social media. The future of everywhere security screening in airports. The rather incomprehensible new Delta ads. Automated check-ins for everyone by the Lufthansa Innovation Hub. The EU is fed up about the US stalling Norwegian, the transatlantic route disruptor. A #stopover in Iceland. Self-tracking your hold luggage. A new lobbying european airline alliance. A flaw in TSA Pre? —


035 OAK - Rimowa electronic tag, gettind rid of the A340s, American fights Gogo, banning calls

Flight 035. Rimowa thinks the luggage tag needs an electronic reinvention. American Airlines thinks Gogo’s wifi is way too slow. Some think calls should be banned altogether over US skies. Everybody seem to think the A340 needs to be scrapped as soon as possible. A pilot thinks anyone could land a 737 after watching his video but HAL thinks it can teach you in 10 minutes via brainwaves. We think a plan to annihilate timezones makes no sense at all. —


034 MAN - Turkish and Batman, new OK Go video, China blacklists, JetBlue, fuel surcharge

Flight 034. Turkish flies to Gotham City. JetBlue launches a venture arm. British Airways female flight attendants win the right to wear trousers. OK Go films a zero gravity music video. Calculating the real cost of the fuel surcharge. Terror bomber gets sucked out of plane in display of karmic justice. China blacklists unruly passengers. The 747 gently fades away. —


033 HND - Comparing JAL and ANA, not so smart carry-ons, new IranAir deal, best Star Alliance seat

Flight 033. The experience of flying JAL and ANA. Airbus finally gets new A380 orders. The fantastic Virgin America online booking experience. Smart carry-ons are starting to cause problems at security. IranAir gets a new fleet. The race of the longest commercial flight in the world is on. Boeing’s earnings are flying, its 737 MAX too. What’s the best Star Alliance business seat? —


032 OSL - Air France last 747, Qatar Airways entertaining CEO, drone avoidance technology

Flight 032. Air France retires its last 747. Uber might enter the travel planning game. Will commercial aircrafts ditch one pilot? The most entertaining man in the aviation industry: Qatar Airways’ CEO. An app to switch seats. A motorized carry-on that follows you around. Airbus announces strong results, and a technology for drone avoidance. —