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001 LHR - Future of A380, end of SkyMall, FlyerTalk and WhatsApp, Cathay Pacific, Plane Finder

Episode Summary

Flight 001. Alex & Paul debate on the A380's future, SkyMall's demise, the relationship between WhatsApp and Flyertalk, Cathay's new campaign, and Plane Finder.

Episode Notes



IAG set to buy Aer Lingus
Third time lucky: IAG and Aer Lingus — The Economist

Emirates would consider buying 100 A380 NEO aircrafts if Airbus commits
Emirates Is Now Giving Airbus 43 Billion Reasons To Build A New Superjumbo Jet — Benjamin Zhang, Business Insider

SkyMall goes bankrupt
SkyMall Remembered — Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic

"We are not asking our customers to be happy with anything."
American Airlines CEO Akkwardly Explains Why Fares Aren't Going Down — Dennis Schaal, Skift

404 - Plane Not Found
Malaysia Air Site Hacked, Some Customer Data Appear Online — Kelvin Chan, AP


II. Innovation in AIRTECH, PaxEx and DESIGN

Jan Koum announced WhatsApp on FlyerTalk
Thoughts about my free iPhone app - WhatsApp — FlyerTalk Travel Technology Forum

Cathay's new campaign
Cathay Tell The World They Are A More Civilized Way To Travel — Jonny Clark, The Design Air

Google consults for VietJet
Low-cost airline VietJet strikes consulting deal with Google — CampaignAsia ($)

New Eurowing livery
New Eurowing Brand Painted Up On First Aircraft - But Is It A Good Livery? — Jonny Clark, The Design Air

Will you crash? There's an app for that
'Am I Going Down?' — Vanilla Pixel


III. App of the week




Has the A380 any future?
Is Airbus's A380 a 'superjumbo' with a future or an aerospace white elephant? — Alan Tovey, The Telegraph


V. Question of the week

What is the biggest airport in the world?
Runway Leaders — The Economist


VI. Airport trivia of the week

LHR. Choose the Heathrow Connect rather than the Heathrow Express to connect to London, or even the Piccadilly Line.