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.
Flight 067. The 380 lives to see another decade. Bombardier slaps Boeing. Embraer feels hurt. Google Flights gets closer to Skynet domination. Lufthansa goes eurowhite,loses the yellow. American is dull at copyright. A blue becomes bee.
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!)
Flight 065. Special guest Will Hunter tells us all about the hidden side of ground handling. The East Coast 'Bomb Cyclone'. A very very safe 2017. The bizarre tale of the ANA turnaround. The public versus private airport dynamics. A new Google Flight. United can't catch a break. — http://www.layovers.to/podcast/065-bos
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?! — http://www.layovers.to/podcast/064-led
Flight 063. Alex flies to Haneda with ANA, Paul to Narita with Cathay, they share what it's like to fly in Japan. The wonderful Haneda observation deck. Nobody has nailed the boarding process. Zodiac seat shambles. The impact of Brexit on airline ownership rules. Boeing subsidized the bankrupt Monarch. How involved is the crew for a long haul turnaround. Good bye MyFlights. — http://www.layovers.to/podcast/063-itm
Flight 062. Emirates unveils a Mercedes in the sky. We need virtual windows everywhere. Air France can't contain a 380 engine failure. Singapore elegantly double beds its 380s. Boeing is furious at Airbus for its surprise Bombardier move. Qatar buys into Cathay and to become Italy's next flag carrier. Alex spots a drone on final. — http://www.layovers.to/podcast/062-bqh
Flight 061. The low-cost chaotic management of Ryanair. BA dissociative identity disorder. Air Berlin has no more runway (but Germany gives it money). The truth about airline ownership. The Pittsburgh non-flyer experiment. The good old days of paper check-in and gate access. More JetBlue please. — http://www.layovers.to/podcast/061-mrs
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: http://www.layovers.to/podcast/060-nbo
Flight 058. Alex flies his bike on JetBlue, himself on Mint. Paul flies a variety of Singapore 777s. The Air Canada SFO disaster that just wasn’t. Qatar and AA dance apart. New US security measures confusion. Joon, the new Air France millennial airline. United loves the 747, but not dogs nor kids. Easyjet pilot on ecstasy. (SHOW NOTES WILL RETURN SOON)
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)
Flight 056. The Attache Guide to Travel. War of words at the Paris Air Show. The A380-meh-plus. PHX, LGW, DXB heatwave disruption. MAD T1 leads to Mordor. Alex unlikes EasyJet and gets a BA seat mess. Paul gets lost in FRA and in the world of infuriating GDSs. Both sleep like babies on 747s. And much more. — (SHOW NOTES WILL BE BACK SOON!)
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. —...
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...
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. —...
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? — http://www.layovers.to/podcast/036-kef
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. — http://www.layovers.to/podcast/035-oak
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. — http://www.layovers.to/podcast/034-man
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? — http://www.layovers.to/podcast/033-hnd