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Lufthansa Blues: German Carrier Reveals Anemic New Livery.

Plus: Luxury Travel Diary. A New Low in Digital Journalism.

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Big Planes On Short Routes? What a Concept.

Getting to the Root of the Delays Crisis.

As the System Hits a Breaking Point, Will Airlines Go Back to the Future?

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Ode to the 757. What Can Replace this Most Versatile of Jetliners?

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The Hell With the 737. Give Us a Real Plane.

Letter to Boeing: The Answer is Right There in Front of You!

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How to Speak Airline: A Glossary For Travelers

Crosscheck? Ramp? Ground Stop?
Finally, a way to decode the insufferable jargon of air travel.

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Dear Airlines: Please Don’t Take Away Our Video Screens!

In-seat video is the greatest cabin amenity of the past fifty years. So why are carriers getting rid of it?

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2017: The Safest Year in Aviation History

Where we are, and how we got here. Memories of the shirt box.

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Moving in Place

Layover Rambles with Patrick Smith.

Volume One: Paris in Four Bridges.

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The 747 in Winter

In America, the Curtain Closes on History’s Most Influential Jetliner.

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Letter From Maho Beach

I didn’t want to be flying the plane. I wanted to be under it!

Plus, the truth about those “scary” approaches to SXM.

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The Boarding Blues

Jet bridges are so monstrously over-engineered, yet it still takes 45 minutes to get seventy people onto a damn regional jet. Why?

Plus: HSBC, the Jetway Giant.

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Air Travel and the Environment

From Heat Waves to Turbulence, How Climate Change Will Affect Flying.

Plus, The Pilot’s Uneasy Conscience.

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Qatar Airways is the “World’s Best Airline.” Do They Deserve It?

Controversial Gulf Carrier Wins Skytrax Award for 2017. Here’s Why I’m Not So Impressed.

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Flying: A Look on the Bright Side

Is Air Travel Really As Awful As Everybody Claims? Here Are Some Reasons Why Not. An Op-Ed in the New York Times.

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The Scourge of Inflight Garbage

The Passenger Hall of Shame, Volume II.

Plus, Can a Plastic Bag Can Save an Airline Millions?

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What You Call It

The Poetry of Airliner Names

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The Separation of Church and Sky

An AirAsia Pilot Asked Passengers to Pray During an Emergency. What in God’s Name Was He Thinking?

And, This Wasn’t The First Time.

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Going the Distance. The Longest Flights in the World.

Qatar’s Doha-Auckland Route is the New Number One. But What is the Final Frontier of Long-Haul Flying?

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The De-Ice Man Cometh

It’s That Time of Year Again.

Snow, Ice, and Airplanes. Everything You Need to Know About the Travails of Winter Flying.

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It Looks Like the Future. Up Close and Personal With the 787.

Something Different in a World of Boring Planes.

An Updated Post With New Pictures.

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The Shuttle Shuffle

Donald Trump’s Failed Airline, and Memories of Shuttles Past.

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Fact and Fallacy of the Pilot Shortage

The Pilot Shortage Is Here, and It’s Real. But What Is It, Exactly?

UPDATE: Regionals Behaving Badly.

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