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007 MIA - 747s are Forever, From The U.S. Airlines With Love, The Man With The Golden Apple Watch

Episode Summary

Flight 007. For Your Ears Only: The Man With The Golden Apple Watch. The MH370 Report Is Not Enough. The Messaging Apps Who Loved Me. From The U.S. Airlines With Love. Quantum of Solar Impulse. 747s Are Forever.

Episode Notes


Alex and Paul are on a secret mission to uncover the latest in aviation innovation. Well, it's episode 007, expect Plenty O'Puns.

I. News of the week

The U.S. airlines release their white paper about the Gulf airlines

Full Report of U.S. Airlines to the White House Blaming Gulf Carriers — Paul Papadimitriou, Layovers

US-UAE Business Council Tells U.S. Airlines to Compete More and Complain Less — Marisa Garcia, Skift

Feeling the heat — The Economist

U.S Airlines Promise to Get More Aggressive Towards Gulf Carrier Rivals — Dennis Schaal, Skift

American Airlines asks to extend deferral on pensions — Michael A. Lindenberger, The Dallas Morning News

American Airlines' request for pension bailout draws criticism — Steven Mufson, Washington Post

Emirates Airline assembles top team to rebut US carriers' allegations over subsidies — Frank Kane, The National

Etihads Adds Residence Suite to New York Route in Open Skies Amenities Escalation — Marisa Garcia, Skift

Second A350 to up ante in Qatar's battle with Lufthansa — Michael Gubisch, FlightGlobal

Lufthansa Prepared to Battle Emirates by Slashing Fares — Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Emirates really wants its A380-NEOs

Emirates Would Order Up to 200 A380neos — Jens Flottau, AviationWeek

Airbus assures on A380 break-even this year — David Kaminski-Morrow, FlightGlobal

MH370 interim report

MH370 Official Report (PDF)

Angry families reject report — BBC News

Incidents in series

Turkish A330 suffers nose gear collapse in Kathmandu — Firdaus Hashim, FligthGlobal

'Minor' injuries result from MD-88 LaGuardia crash: Delta — Jon Hemmerdinger, FlightGlobal

Spicejet DH8D at Hubli on Mar 8th 2015, runway excursion on landing — Simon Hradecky, Aviation Herald

Incidents reveal crucial need for passengers to leave bags behind — John Walton, RunWayGirlNetwork

Solar Impulse 2 starts its round-the-world trip

Solar Impulse

Qantas 747 lands for posterity

Historic Qantas 747-400 makes precision touchdown on its final journey — CourrierMail

Pilot's-eye view of 747-400's delivery flight to Illawarra — wave965fm (video)

Korean Air will fly its 747-8 to London

Korean Air Adds Boeing 747-8i London Operation from August 2015 — Airline Route

New Korean Air Prestige Suite Indicates A New Seating Trend In Business Class — Jonny Clark, TheDesignAir


II. Innovation in AirTech, PaxEx and Design

SITA's report on the future of air travel

The Future is Personal in Air Travel — SITA

Closing in on a 360-degree view for airports and airlines — Linda Fox, Tnooz

Airlines and Airports Turn to Apps to Improve Passenger Experience — Juliet Van Wagenen, Avionics Today

Automated technology to boost airport passenger spending: SITA — Jamie Freed, The Sydney Morning Herald

Uber suffers drawback in Japan

Uber Says Goodbye to Japan after Government Ruling — Ma Jie, Bloomberg

Uber pilots ride-sharing in Japan — The Star

Japan to Suspend Uber's Pilot Ride-Sharing Service — Juro Osawa and Takashi Mochizuku, Wall Street Journal

LINE Taxi leapfrogs Uber, now in over 90 cities across Japan — David Corbin, TechinAsia

SkyTeam goes all in for messaging apps

Dutch LCC Transavia first airline to use WhatsApp messaging for customer care — Raymond Kollau, AirlineTrends

Air France on WeChat in China —

SkyTeam Gets Vocal on WeChat —

KLM Launches Android Smartwatch App —

Thought-controlled piloting 

Quadriplegic woman flies F-35 with nothing but her thoughts — Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo

A new airliner tracking system

Rockwell Collins offers global airliner tracking system — Karen Walker, ATW


III. Gadget of the week

Apple Watch


IV. Debate of the week

The planes, airlines and airports of 007

Live and Let Fly — David Lande, Air & Space Magazine

List of vehicles in James Bond movies

Virgin Atlantic's Vesper cocktail


V. Question of the week

What are the private 747s in operation today? by Paul Papadimitriou, in honor of Auric Goldfinger who flew a Lockheed JetStar.

The lines of private and state-owned can sometimes be blurry, but we found three candidates, two 747-400 and one 747-8i. We enumerate a few other examples too.


VI. Airport of the week


Casino Royale is the only 007 movie which features an entire action sequence in an airport: Miami International. Nothing was filmed there, though. It all happened in PRA (airfield), NAS (airport), the Dunsfold Aerodrome (hangar) and Pinewood Studios (miniatures).

We still look at what's to say about MIA. The iBeacon initiative is of note.