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 059. Security at the gate is throwing off our rhythm. The awkward SWISS lie-flat seat. The arms race of the (Asian) super-airports. Alex’s “generally fine” bodily fluid soaked BA experience. “generally fine”. The 787 dimmable window conundrum. The Emirates two-class 380. Paul uncovers a strange Singapore Airlines amenity kit policy. And more. (YES, SHOWS NOTES ARE COMING BACK SOON)
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 054. Alex flies Cathay First, British Airways IT chaos, we talk eye masks, Airbus wants to resell 380s to VVIPs, LATAM flies a 787 in Europe, Dutch King pilots for KLM, Alex rediscovers ORY, Paul aborts landing at LIN. And much more.
Flight 050. The extraordinary story of Narita airport. Alex already loves the Cathay Pacific Beers. The US3 schizophrenia. 10 Cent Fares. A fantastic ANA 380 livery. Yet another Air France low cost carrier. Mice on board! And more.. — www.layovers.to/podcast/050-nrt
Flight 040. An interview with Mark Vanhoenacker, a 747 pilot who gave up his corporate career to follow his childhood dream of flying. He is the author of SkyFaring, a favorite of both Alex and Paul. — www.layovers.to/podcast/040-lhr
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
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. — http://www.layovers.to/podcast/032-osl
Flight 031. The mystery of the British Airways flights avoiding French airspace. ANA flies the Star Wars crew from LAX to LHR. No more hover boards in planes. Kayak launches Snap, the SMS-based booking service. ATL reaches 100m passengers in 2015. How many economy seats can you cram in a 747 or an A380? Disembarking a 737 with a ladder. Don’t believe everything you read, MH132 didn’t get lost in Australia. — Show notes: http://www.layovers.to/podcast/031-nce
Flight 030. Singapore Changi goes Star Wars. The battle of travel planning apps. The best and worst U.S. airports in 2015. Who abandoned three 747s at KUL? The special Airbus Kinder chocolate eggs. Air India can’t pay for 787 spare parts. Why Emirates might never join an alliance. The inaugural Qatar Airways A350 thinks the JFK runway is too short. China builds more than 30 airports whilst London can’t decide on a runway. — Show notes: http://www.layovers.to/podcast/030-bey