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003 SFO - Japan Airlines leg room, LCY expansion, flight booking apps, selfie crash, Emirates 747

Episode Summary

Flight 003. EasyJet drops the .com, Japan Airline adds leg room, LCY expands, a comparison of flight ticket search apps, selfies crash a plane and is Emirates considering the 747-8?

Episode Notes


We are very appreciative for the all the feedback received in the past week. It was overwhelming, thank you everyone and keep it coming!

We are learning about podcasting as we go and, for instance, we have tested an improved sound solution that we should start using for next week's episode.

I. News of the week

Was Emirates pitched the 747-8?
Emirates Airlines gets pitch for 100 Boeing 757-8s — Scott Hamilton, Leeham News

Crash by selfie
NTSB Report

LCY will expand
Expansion of London City Airport gets Go-ahead

Harrison Ford narrates Aviation documentary
Living in the Age of Airplanes
How the Airplane Has Changed the World — Paul Papadimitriou, Layovers

The TransAsia crash
Taiwan TransAsia plane crashes into river — BBC
TransAsia Pilots Take Proficiency Tests After Taiwan Crash — NBC News


II. Innovation in AirTech, PaxEx and Design

Pay-to-use in-flight outlets
Scoot's pay-to-play AC outlets: the future of onboard power? — John Walton, RunwayGirl Network

EasyJet introduces a new livery
Skyliner Aviation News

Private air travel membership

Incredible room on JAL's Dreamliners
A Closer Look at JAL's Super Spacious 787-9 — Jonny Clark, TheDesignAir
Internalising the Knee Recline — Jan Chipchase

Frankfurt's airport app gives real-time security and immigration waiting times
Frankfurt Airport extends information services for passengers

Wanderlust within Chrome
Wandertab by HitList


III. App of the week



IV. Debate of the week

Booking a flight online and on mobile, an overview
Matrix Airfare Search
Google Flights
ITA Matrix Airfare Search Advanced Routing Codes — Michael Cargian,
Travel Flash Report — Criteo
The 2014 Traveler's Road to Decision — Google
How to upgrade on Virgin Atlantic — Alex Hunter


V. Question of the week

Which airlines would you not fly on and why not? by Gen Kanai in Tokyo, Japan
List of airlines banned within the EU — European Commission
FAA Banned Countries — Aviation Lawyer
Safety Audit Information — International Civil Aviation Organization
Safety Rating Criteria —


VI. Airport of the week

SFO. Which is not really in San Francisco, but has a great museum and wonderful curated displays about every topic you can imagine.