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063 ITM - Flying in Japan, ANA bliss, boarding uncertainty, Emirates shower, folding OpenSkies

Episode Summary

Flight 063. Alex flies to Haneda with ANA, Paul to Narita with Cathay, they share what it's like to fly in Japan. The wonderful Haneda observation deck. Nobody has nailed the boarding process. Zodiac seat shambles. The impact of Brexit on airline ownership rules. Boeing subsidized the bankrupt Monarch. How involved is the crew for a long haul turnaround. Good bye MyFlights.

Episode Notes

00:00 - Introduction

01:43 - Emirates new super First, virtual windows, new business & coach

21:37 - Alex's wife asks why they don't fly Emirates more

26:32 - Emirates buys Dreamliners

** 32:22 - Qatar buys into Cathay, Italy ambitions**

** 40:00 - Singapore offers hotel rooms in the sky**

** 46:39 - No 380 secondary market, 777 was the real revolution**

** 51:10 - AF 380 uncontained engine failure, repatriation strategy**

** 57:22 - Airbus artful acquisition of Bombardier CS, massive 320neo order**

** 1:03:26 - Alex flies to LED, Attache, Paul flies to TIA, Bruce Dickinson book**

** 1:09:33 — Alex spots a drone on final

** 1:15:33 - BQH, flying private**

** 1:20:48 - Conclusion, next flights**