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Episodes

063 ITM — Flying in Japan, ANA bliss, boarding uncertainty, Emirates shower, folding OpenSkies

12/2/2017
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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

Duration: 01:27:50


062 BQH — Emirates super First, Airbus artful Bombardier move, Qatar wants Italy, Air France scare

11/17/2017
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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

Duration: 01:22:45


061 MRS — Ryanair chaos, Air Berlin no more, airline ownership, Bipolar BA, Pan Am nostalgia

10/16/2017
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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

Duration: 01:15:42


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

9/19/2017
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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

Duration: 00:59:26


059 MNL — Asian super-airports, gate security, window blind policy, Qantas’ confidence, BA puke seat

9/5/2017
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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)

Duration: 01:20:52


058 BKK — JetBlue Mint, Air Canada near miss, Singapore 777s, Southwest love, Millennial Air

8/13/2017
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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)

Duration: 01:31:13


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

7/19/2017
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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)

Duration: 01:26:53


056 KIX — Attache book, Paris Air Show banter, A380plus, heatwave, GDS mismatch, Mordor MAD

6/25/2017
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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!)

Duration: 01:23:44


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

6/14/2017
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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.

Duration: 01:11:08


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

5/8/2016
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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. —...

Duration: 01:00:17


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

4/20/2016
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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...

Duration: 00:56:00


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

4/1/2016
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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. —...

Duration: 00:57:23


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

3/20/2016
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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

Duration: 00:56:31


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

3/8/2016
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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

Duration: 01:00:06


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

2/15/2016
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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

Duration: 01:02:53


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

2/3/2016
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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

Duration: 01:06:35


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

1/17/2016
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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

Duration: 01:03:06


031 NCE - BA avoid France, ANA flies Star Wars, A380 maximum seats, texting Kayak

1/2/2016
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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

Duration: 01:00:56


030 BEY - Changi goes Star Wars, abandoned 747s, Qatar A350, Airbus Kinder chocolate

12/27/2015
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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

Duration: 01:01:08


029 EWR - Jetblue and Amazon, 170 million air miles, crazy Airbus patent, wine carry-on

12/5/2015
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Flight 029. Living in Singapore Changi Airport for 7 months. Kudos to Ethiopian for its all female crew flight. JetBlue goes Amazon for entertainment. A luggage made for wine lovers. The billionaire who earned 170 million USD worth of air miles. The renaissance of supersonic jets. KLM to use Facebook Messenger for customer service. Putting passengers in a container? Airbus strikes again with some insane patent. — Show notes: http://www.layovers.to/podcast/029-ewr

Duration: 00:50:51

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