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Lobby Bar – February 15: Lady Chablis, King of the Road, and ‘I’ll Take Salvador Dali Airplanes for $250, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: At 60 mph, the Loudest Noise Comes from the Electric Clock
Can’t take the heat.  American Airlines is effectively moving 700 flight attendants from Phoenix to Dallas/Fort Worth.  Rumors at the company say the reason is that too many of the company’s airliners were melting in the hot desert sun, but that’s only a rumor.  In a cost saving measure, American booked flights for the attendants on Southwest Airlines and said …

Airbus to End A380 Super Jumbo Production

Airbus to End A380 Super Jumbo Production

Airbus announced a decision to end the production of its A380 super jumbo aircraft after a dozen years in service, the company said Thursday.
The decision came after the company’s discussions with Emirates, the largest operator of A380 aircraft in the world, in which the two reached a decision that will result in Emirates’ reducing its A380 orderbook by 39 aircraft and placing orders for 40 A330neos and A350s.
“As a result …

Great Moments in Travel History – February 2019

February, the shortest month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars, is the last month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and the only month to have fewer than 30 days
The month’s name, February, is a divisive issue when it comes to pronunciation, although both FEB-roo-ary and FEB-yuh-ri are both accepted in North American and British English.
February takes its name from the Roman month Februarius, named …

In-Depth Analysis: United Airlines’ 2019 Fleet Plan

United Airlines, the world’s second largest airline by passenger traffic, will make a number of significant changes to its fleet in 2019.
The Chicago-based airline operates a mostly Boeing fleet of narrow- and wide-body aircraft in its mainline fleet along with a small number of Airbus A320 family aircraft. The total number of aircraft in the fleet was 773 as of January 2019.
In 2012, United became the first U.S. airline to …

New U.S. Airline ‘Moxy’ and JetBlue Place Orders for 120 Airbus A220 Aircraft

New U.S. Airline ‘Moxy’ and JetBlue Place Orders for 120 Airbus A220 Aircraft

JetBlue founder David Neeleman’s latest airline venture, code-named “Moxy,” has signed a firm order for 60 A220-300 aircraft, Airbus reported. The European aircraft manufacturer also said that at the same time that JetBlue also signed a firm orders for the same quantity of A220-300 planes.
Both orders for the new aircraft, which will be built at a new U.S. assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama, were completed in December.
Airbus is slated to …

Air France to Retire Half of its Airbus A380 Fleet Starting Next Year

Air France to Retire Half of its Airbus A380 Fleet Starting Next Year

Air France announced it will retire half of its fleet of Airbus A380 super jumbos starting next year.
The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine airliner that was introduced in 2007 in conjunction with launch customer Singapore Airlines. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner.
It can provide seating for 525 passengers in a typical three-class configuration or as many as 853 people in an all-coach configuration.
The announcement was made by …

Airbus Names New CFO and COO

Airbus Names New CFO and COO

Airbus announced multiple executive appointments.
Michael Schöllhorn was appointed to the position of chief operating officer for the company’s commercial aircraft business. He replaces Tom Williams, who is set to retire at the end of the year.
Dominik Asam was appointed to the position of chief financial officer, replacing Harald Wilhelm, who announced his departure in May.
Last month, the board of directors appointed the current CEO of the commercial aircraft business, Guillaume Faury, …