What’s news in the world of aviation?

Hello and happy Tuesday. These are some stories I have enjoyed of late.

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The week’s best aviation links, as cultivated by your blogger

Have you read these aviation industry stories yet? If not, you probably should.

“Balky Wi-Fi Above the Clouds,” in which the New York Times checks in on the race for faster, more reliable internet aloft.

“Be Very Afraid: The 27-Inch-Pitch Airline Seat Is Coming.” Blogger Tim Winship says low cost airlines are trying to cram even more seats on planes. According to Seat Guru, Spirit’s pitch on its A320s is now 28 inches.

LAX begs your patience for the next several years as it modernizes. This from AP reporter Justin Pritchard.

You’ve probably already seen pictures of Etihad’s new “apartments” and “suites” on its A380 airplanes. But if you haven’t, this Mashable piece is your best bet. “The Best Airline Seat That $21,000 Can Buy.”

Want a double bed on an airplane? Ethiad might be the airline for you. Photo: Associated Press.

Want a double bed on an airplane? Ethiad might be the airline for you. Photo: Associated Press.

Something to think about the next time your upgrade doesn’t clear. Prince William flies American Airlines coach. So says the New York Daily News.

And finally. Jaunted has a nice piece on “The Instagram Travel Hashtag That’s Worrying the Airlines.” The hashtag? It’s #crewlife. Search for it on Twitter or Instagram and you’ll find dispatches and pictures from pilots and flight attendants, some of whom complain about the tough parts of the job. The honesty of these posts is refreshing. And some posts do make flying seem like a great job. But I can’t imagine that employers like this candidness.

 

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Etihad Airways refutes New York Post story saying it discriminates against Israelis

Is Etihad discriminating against Israel, as the New York Post suggests?

Is Etihad discriminating against Israel, as the New York Post suggests?

Etihad Airways, the growing Abu Dhabi-based airline, is pushing back against an “exclusive” New York Post report that the carrier has ” has wiped Israel from its flight map.”

The story first appeared online Monday. According to the Post, there are two issues. The first is the map. The story said  Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Cyprus are all identified by name in-flight, but not Israel. The second issue concerns whether Etihad is willing to sell tickets to Israelis, who are not permitted to visit the United Arab Emirates, according to the story. Here’s what the Post said:

Etihad also has refused to transport any Israelis, who aren’t allowed in the UAE. In 2010, it even began teaching its flight agents how to identify Israeli travelers by their “accents and traits,” the BBC has reported.

Today we got a response from Etihad’s New York public relations firm via email.

“Etihad Airways emphatically refutes the claims made in yesterday’s New York Post,” the airline said. “Last year, Etihad carried more than 1,000 passengers travelling with Israeli passports. In fact, we do not discriminate in any way and welcome passengers of all faiths and religions, carrying valid documentation.

“Our in-flight maps are industry standard and do not identify countries by name. Our website lists “Israel” as one of more than 150 country options for passenger documentation when booking flights.”

In the United States, Etihad flies to Los Angeles International, Chicago O’Hare, New York JFK and Washington Dulles and Dallas Fort Worth. (The Dallas flight has been announced but has not yet started.)

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