Hello and happy Tuesday. These are some stories I have enjoyed of late.
Here are some aviation stories I have enjoyed in the past week.
- Where is MH370? As of this writing, the New York Times has one of the most updated stories. “The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner was set back on Monday by a number of false leads that seemed to underline how little investigators knew about the whereabouts of the plane, which vanished on Saturday,” the Times writes.
- An interesting AP article says that it’s not surprising a jet possibly lost in the middle of the ocean is difficult to find. “”The world is a big place,” said Michael Smart, professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Queensland in Australia. “If it happens to come down in the middle of the ocean and it’s not near a shipping lane or something, who knows how long it could take them to find?”
- The Wall Street Journal asks whether now is the time to live stream data from commercial airliners. “Discussed for many years but never implemented because of the costs, the concept of automatically transmitting data would involve using satellite links to send critical safety information from an airliner to the ground during extreme emergencies or just before a plane goes down,” Andy Pasztor and Jon Ostrower write.
- Qatar Airways cabin crew are banned from getting married for their first five years on the job, Reuters reports. The airline also keeps pregnant women from flying and essentially makes it hard for them to keep their jobs during pregnancy.
- Boston Logan Airport has added five new international flights in the past two years. Dubai starts tonight, and Istanbul soon. What’s behind the growth? The local NPR station investigates.
A friend mine this morning sent me this gem from the Qatar Airways website.
You may have to click on the screen shot to read it, but it asks whether passengers can bring pets into the cabin.
The answer: “No. With the exceptions of falcons and service dogs travelling on specific routes, no animals are allowed in the cabin.”
There is surely a reason Falcons are allowed. Does anyone know it?
There a lot of rankings of the best airlines. But it seems there’s only one that most carriers truly pay attention to. Those are the annual SkyTraxx awards, and they were released Tuesday.
You’ll notice none is based in North America, which is not really a surprise, as service standards here tend to lag behind the rest of the world. Asian and Middle Eastern carriers dominate the list. It’s also worth remembering that a good number of airlines on this list receive some sort of government support.
SkyTraxx says it it surveyed more than 18 million people before coming up with its list.
We should be getting the list of the top American carriers soon. Until then, perhaps it’s time to plan a trip on one of the airlines below.
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- ANA All Nippon Airways
- Asiana Airlines
- Cathay Pacific Airways
- Etihad Airways
- Garuda Indonesia
- Turkish Airlines
- Qantas Airways