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The Goofiest Airline of All Time.

Plus: Avianca’s 100th Birthday, and Shalom to the 747.

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Air Travel and Disease

Flying in the Age of Coronavirus

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The (Second) Best Album of All Time Turns 35

A Great Minnesota Blizzard of Melody and Madness.

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Once Upon a Time In Hollywood Or Something

Filmmakers Go to Huge Lengths to Get Period Details Correct. Unless We’re Talking Planes.

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Bush Boutique

Hippos and Haute Cuisine at a Zambian Safari Lodge.

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Ukrainian 737 Crashes Near Tehran

Suspiciously Timed Disaster Kills 176 Passengers and Crew.

UPDATE: Iran Acknowledges Missile Strike. Plus, a Look Back at Similar Incidents.

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Unforgotten: Airlines of the Past (Part 2)

The Most Colorful and Influential Airlines of Yesterday.

Part Two: Europe, Asia, Latin America and Beyond.

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Unforgotten: Airlines Of the Past (Part 1)

The Most Colorful and Influential Airlines of Yesterday.

Part One: USA.

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Things I Bring

Eulogy for a Calculator, and the Weird Secrets of a Pilot’s Luggage.

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The 737 MAX

UPDATE: How Boeing Went Rotten.

Plus, America’s “Gold Standard” in Perspective, From the 737 to the DC-10.

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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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The Airplane That Isn’t

Boeing Bet the Future on a Fifty Year-Old Design. Did it Lose?

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The Silent Anniversary

Eighteen Years Have Passed Since the Last Major Accident Involving a U.S. Legacy Carrier.

Plus: A Look Back at America’s Ten Deadliest Crashes.

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Short-Haul Surprise

When is Economy Better Than Business Class?

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Pilots and Alcohol

Tough Questions After Two Pilots are Arrested in Glasgow.

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United Airlines Reveals New Livery

Bold, Blue, and Boring.

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Demise of the Selfie Stick

What’s This, Have Tourists Come to Their Senses?

And, a New Twist on Food Photography Mania.

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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. Why are carriers getting rid of it?

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A “Life List” of Planes

Get Your Memories Out.

And, the Weird Similarities Between Airplane Geeks and Birders.

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The Day of the Cockroach

September 11th, Then and Now.

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The World’s Coolest Restaurant

Fine Dining In a Converted DC-10.

Plus: The Sad Confessions of a Non-Foodie.

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Deadly Stupidity in Moscow

How Not to Evacuate From a Burning Plane.

Also, What Happens When a Plane is Hit By Lightning?

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The A380 is Dead! Long Live the A380!

Airbus to End Production of its Flagship Double-Decker. Plus, the Myth of the Vanishing Jumbo Jet.

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The Airport Lounge Crisis

Crowds, Kids, Noise… Has the Premium Class Lounge Lost Its Luster ?

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The (New) Book is Here

Introducing the Second Edition of Cockpit Confidential.

Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel. Questions, Answers & Reflections.

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Art of a Logo

When a Tail Tells a Tale. From da Vinci to the Union Jack to the Persian Griffin, Designs With a Deeper Meaning.

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Welcome to “Hidden Airport”

Unexpected Pleasures at a Terminal Near You.

UPDATES: Underground Atlanta, SFO’s Dragonflies, and Boston’s Superb 9/11 Memorial.

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Q&A With the Pilot

Volume 2: Landing Gear, The Missing Window, and Everything You (Never) Wanted to Know About Lights.

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Should Kids Be Banned From First and Business Class?

An Updated Post: Two Experiences Rekindle a Controversial Debate.

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The Noisy, Sweaty Hell of Small Planes

Flying over Cape Cod in a Cramped Cockpit, I Wanted Nothing More Than to be Down on the Beach. Call me a Heretic.

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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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Statecraft: Trump Unveils New Air Force One Livery

It’s Three Things You Likely Didn’t Expect: Tasteful, Attractive, and Boring.

And Here’s How to Make It Better…

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Forty Years On, Remembering America’s Deadliest Air Disaster.

The Past as Prologue: The Legacy of American 191.

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Images From Liberia

Scenes at and Around Roberts Field.

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First Class, Low Class, No Class: The Passenger Hall of Shame

Welcome to Flying, Where The Rules of Civility and Decency No Longer Apply.

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The Name Game

What’s This, an Error in The New Yorker!

Plus: an Airline Style Sheet for Editors and Neurotics Alike.

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The Riddle May Not Be Deep

William Langewiesche’s Outstanding Story, and Coming to Terms With the Fate of MH370.

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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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Homage to the Boarding Pass Wallet

The Weird and Wonderful World of Airline Collectibles.

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Yak Hunting in Liberia

As any aerogeek will tell you, there’s something fascinating about old abandoned planes. This decomposing Russian jet is no exception.

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Safety Video Hell

UPDATE: The Latest Awful.

Here’s a Better Idea: No Demos More Than 90 Seconds Long.

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