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British Airways Freezes Cairo Flights as Security Precaution

British Airways Freezes Cairo Flights as Security Precaution

Lisa Lee, Bloomberg

The seven-day suspension might seem interminably long for travelers whose plans have been disrupted. But given escalating regional tensions with Iran — not to mention the history of terrorist attacks against tourists in Egypt and the October 2015 bomb explosion that destroyed a Russian airliner — action by British Airways is well warranted despite scant details.

3 hours ago

Renaming the Boeing 737 Max and 7 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Renaming the Boeing 737 Max and 7 Other Aviation Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in aviation, we look at whether Boeing should rebrand the 737 Max to convince the public to fly the now-infamous aircraft. We also have United's second-quarter earnings, including its views on developing its fleet, and stories on Newark and Atlanta airports.

11 hours ago

Quelle Surprise! EasyJet Hates the Idea of France’s New Eco Tax

Quelle Surprise! EasyJet Hates the Idea of France’s New Eco Tax

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The aviation industry's impact on the environment is only going to grow over the coming years as air travel increases across the world. Increasing taxes might force airlines to find new solutions while also raising money to fund more sustainable forms of transport.

1 day ago

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Mobile Solutions Evolve as a Key Driver for Personalization In The Airline Industry

Mobile Solutions Evolve as a Key Driver for Personalization In The Airline Industry

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1 week ago

Boeing Will Take a Nearly $5 Billion Charge for 737 Max Costs

Boeing Will Take a Nearly $5 Billion Charge for 737 Max Costs

Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

For a long time, Boeing acted like this was no big deal, a minor blip for the company. It's increasingly clear that wasn't correct.

2 days ago

FAA Says Mobile Phones Could Pose Safety Risk on Some Boeing Jets

FAA Says Mobile Phones Could Pose Safety Risk on Some Boeing Jets

Anita Sharpe, Bloomberg

Let's be honest. Many travelers leave their cell phones in transmit mode during flight, either because they want to use it at low altitudes or because they forgot. Most people don't think it's such a big deal. Is it possible they're wrong?

2 days ago

Ryanair and Lufthansa Clash Over Which Pollutes More

Ryanair and Lufthansa Clash Over Which Pollutes More

Simon Foy and Kristie Pladson, Bloomberg

European airlines need to stop arguing and start focusing more on reducing emissions. It's an important topic.

2 days ago

Air France May Face Trial Over 2009 Crash That Killed 228

Air France May Face Trial Over 2009 Crash That Killed 228

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press

Air France may stand trial in the 2009 crash of a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that killed all 228 people aboard. The airline has maintained that the flight crew was properly trained and that the aircraft systems were functioning according to the standard at the time.

2 days ago

EasyJet Gets a Boost From Last-Minute Summer Bookings

EasyJet Gets a Boost From Last-Minute Summer Bookings

Simon Foy, Bloomberg

Nothing helps a European budget carrier more than less-oppressive summer weather.

3 days ago

Should Boeing Change the Name of the 737 Max to Put Passengers at Ease?

Should Boeing Change the Name of the 737 Max to Put Passengers at Ease?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Many airline industry insiders say they expect passengers will fly the Max when it returns to service, provided the price is right. But branding and marketing experts see it differently. Many of them say Boeing must engage in a full-scale rebranding effort to make passengers comfortable enough to fly.

3 days ago

United Airlines’ Quest for New Revenue Bucks Trend Toward Simplicity

United Airlines’ Quest for New Revenue Bucks Trend Toward Simplicity

Brian Sumers, Skift

United is taking more chances than the typical risk-averse airline. That should help it boost revenue. But will it all be too complicated for the airline's operational teams?

3 days ago

United Airlines Ups 2019 Profit Forecast as Demand Jumps

United Airlines Ups 2019 Profit Forecast as Demand Jumps

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

This is not the same United Airlines former CEO Jeff Smisek mismanaged earlier in the decade. The newish management team is on a roll, as the airline's financial statements show. How long can it last?

4 days ago