Guest Mary Kirby is is Editor-in-Chief of the Airline Passenger Experience magazine and the APEX media platform. We talk about the current state of inflight internet connectivity, what passengers expect aboard the flight, the GoGo IPO, and why we’re going to see more announcements. Also, pressure on interior suppliers as a result of the huge numbers of narrow body orders going on the books, and how that’s delaying aircraft deliveries. We touch on airline alliance interior commonality, and the outlook for embedded IFE.
The week’s aviation news:
- Boeing to Shut Plant With 2,160 Workers as U.S. Cuts Defense
- Delta, Lufthansa among first airlines raising fares to cover new European emissions rules
- New Rules Mean Full Disclosure For Airfares
- Delta Adding LaGuardia Flights in Bid to Dominate NYC Travel
- US Airways unveils Washington Reagan expansion
David’s Aircraft of the Week is the Cessna A-37 Dragonfly, also known as the Super Tweet.
In this week’s Australia Desk report: 12th A380 arrives for Qantas, more A380s coming to Melbourne as Emirates signals their intentions, cracks appearing in some A380s including one QF aircraft, 150 Qantas pilots now working for Gulf based airlines during their down time, tragic balloon crash in New Zealand kills 11 people.
This week on Across the Pond, Pieter talks to new aerobatic pilot and author of The Aerobatic Project, Lauren Richardson. Lauren explains what’s its like to transition from a 152 to a Pitts Special and what it was like in her first aerobatic competition. Lauren can be found on Twitter @Groovy_Nut, while Pieter can be found on Twitter as @Nascothornet or XTP Media’s Facebook Page.oba
Mentioned in the episode:
- Flight of the Bumblie
- Kevin Garrison’s CEO of the Cockpit
- Owen Zupp’s Blog
- UAV delivers cargo in first warzone run
Opening and closing music is provided by Brother Love from the Album Of The Year CD. You can find his great music at http://www.brotherloverocks.com/.