Boeing 737 Max - My visit to Seattle (December 2019)

We came to Seattle, a small group representing the industry, from different parts of the globe and embracing a broad of disciplines.  Amongst our number were pilots, cabin crew union reps, analysts, former regulators and accident investigators, consumer advocacy, writers and a nuclear physicist.  Invited by Boeing to engage and discuss with the […]

Arabian skies. Air Arabia continues to soar

Air Arabia celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2018.  It’s been an amazing success story of trail blazing the LCC model in the Gulf.

At the helm from the start has been Bahraini CEO Adel Ali, who I’ve known since we were considerably younger!  In the late 1980’s I was a network planner for […]

Emirates - Taking a new direction

Emirates recently posted a 69% drop in profits for 2018 on the back of higher fuel prices and increased competition but it is still very much an airline in the premier league.  I caught up with President Sir Tim Clark at the recent Arabian Travel Market and questioned him on his current business priorities.

Geo […]

Saudia set to soar

Jaan Albrecht, CEO Saudia

The Saudi Arabian market is changing. Relatively closed for a long time, it’s beginning to open to increased competition. There’s evidence of dynamic new energy in the market. Unlike neighbouring States, Saudi Arabia has a substantial local population of 33m people; this underpins a large point to point market […]

Emirates and IAG - Chalk and Cheese of the Airline Business

Sir Tim Clark and Willie Walsh at WTM 2016

I had a rare opportunity to interview 2 of the airline world’s most successful leaders, President of Emirates, Sir Tim Clark and CEO of IAG, Willie Walsh, on stage together at the World Travel Market.

Like chalk and cheese in many respects, Emirates is […]

Qatar Airways Al Baker: watching like a hawk

Akbar Al Baker was on great form when I met with him at the recent Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. Our discussion was wide ranging and appropriately for a part of the world which is a home to falconry, his eagle eyed attention to detail is impressive.

On aircraft, Airbus is in the firing line. […]

Brexit - A step backward for airlines

Does the topic of Brexit have anything to do with aviation? Actually, quite a lot.

Some readers may not recall (or may not believe!) that there was a time when an airline couldn’t just put a fare on sale in Europe; it had to get Government approval. Not just from one government but two, (at […]

Rising to the Challenge: Christoph Mueller take the helm at Malaysia Airlines (MAS)

It’s only a matter of months since Christoph Mueller took up the reigns as CEO of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and he’s wasted no time getting to work on the many challenges. I talked to him at the recent World Travel Market.

2014 was a terrible year for MAS with the loss of two of its […]

Clash of the Titans: American airlines versus the Gulf carriers

The big guns of the airline industry are lining up for what could be one of the biggest battles in recent aviation history. On the US side: American, Delta and United. On the Gulf side: Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. The Americans launched the first salvo with a 54 page report supported by over a […]

Are the stars aligning for Virgin Atlantic & CEO Craig Kreeger?


It’s hard to believe that when Virgin Atlantic took flight just over thirty years ago in 1984 it operated just one Boeing 747 on one route from London Gatwick to New York Newark. Whereas today it operates a wide body fleet approaching 40 aircraft on a network embracing the North Atlantic, Africa, the […]