Layovers 052 ISG

Layovers 052 ISG

Flight 052. The entitlement of United. The electronics ban. A new Star Wars ANA 787. A giant airport kebab. And more.

Layovers 051 DUS

Layovers 051 DUS

Flight 051. Qatar suite, new A380, Worlds Best Airports, 737 MAX v 320neo, still no BER, and more.

Layovers 050 NRT

Layovers 050 NRT

Flight 050. The crazy story of Narita, Cathay Pacific Beer, 10 Cent Fares, Open Skies rift, and more.

Layovers 049 ORY

Layovers 049 ORY

Flight 049. US border passwords, Breitling 777, Air Force One, United Polaris, Korean Air taser, and more.

Layovers 048 CPT

Layovers 048 CPT

Flight 048 - US Travel Ban, Norwegian Airlines, 737 MAX 8, Air Canada, Bombardier CS100, and more.

Layovers 047 JFK

Layovers 047 JFK

Flight 047. And we’re finally back! Will cost-cutting Etihad and suffering Lufthansa merge? Norwegian gets approval in the US. Is British Airways really ready to offer food on demand in business class? Boom iterates in supersonic speed for its first prototype jet. Another airline introduces fares without overhead bin access. Qatar increases the noise level on its upcoming super-business seat. Emirates is not happy at all with Rolls-Royce. How long will we wait for the third LHR runway? Alex gets delayed for 10 hours in JFK. Paul flies First on Qantas and glees over the new king of noice-cancelling headphones.

Layovers 046 GVA

Layovers 046 GVA

Flight 046. We interview Tony Tyler, the outgoing Director General and CEO of IATA (International Air Transport Association), former CEO of Cathay Pacific and gentleman of the air travel industry. 

Layovers 045 FCO

Layovers 045 FCO

Flight 045. Want a million frequent flyer miles? You have to be born on a Cebu Pacific flight or win the Olympic Gold for Singapore. British Airways charters a 747 to fly the athletes home, but no word if they also cut the second hot meal like on all their other routes. In the US, being a multi-medal winner won’t get you upgraded on United, but, unlike Delta, they won’t mistake New Mexico for Mexico. Airbus is going widebody for regional flights, but also planning flying taxis. Will those accept smart carry-ons and augmented reality amenity kits?

Layovers 044 PVG

Layovers 044 PVG

Flight 044. Want to look like a fool in airports? Play Pokemon Go or ride a motorized carry-on. Asia on top, the US way behind: the Skytrax world's best airlines and world's best airports awards tell no surprise. It’s finally game over for the US4 against the ME3. Alex eats like a king and sleeps like a baby in his premium journey to Shanghai with Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon. Paul tests the sole European short haul lie-flat seat in the ex-BMI A321 and flies a brand new 777-300ER for 22 minutes. Drones will offer faster turnarounds for Airbus aircrafts, and last mile deliveries for Amazon UK.

Layovers 043 SJC

Layovers 043 SJC

Flight 043. The major US airlines seem to be losing the lobbying battle against the middle-eastern carriers. The EU calls for even more open skies between the two sides of the Atlantic. SWISS gets its brand new Bombardier CSeries. Boeing might well include the 747 in a deal with Iran. India leads the way in self-sufficient solar powered airport. The uncertain future of air travel in the UK after Brexit. Air Serbia launches a new US route, displaying the network power of Etihad. Emirates hires Christoph Mueller, will he become their new CEO?

Layovers 042 DOH

Layovers 042 DOH

Flight 042. Paul flies and compares the A350 to the 787. Alex adores the food on Alitalia. Dubai International has a drone problem whilst Gatwick has a runway hole issue. Tim Clarke sees the end of the good old days of commercial aviation. Alaska keeps changing its mind about Virgin America. Horizon has been flying without sinks for 8 years! Austrian offers fixed price upgrades for its European flights. Alex gets a kick out of taking off at City Airport, fellow passengers agree. Paul falls in love with the business lounge at Hamad International. Singapore gets back in the ultra-long-haul game. United introduces a new international business class, finally catching up with the rest of the world. Boeing can’t let Airbus win Iran alone.

Layovers 041 SOF

Flight 041. A new low cost alliance shakes things up in South East Asia. Paul does his first round the world trip, in First. JetLovers goes 3D. Airbus goes A3. Alex and Bourdain share some airplane food similarities. Qantas finally introduces women pilot uniforms. Singapore Airlines and Air France wanted to get close, Lufthansa said no way. Ryanair opens a new chapter by re-shaping its route model. Hotels get the cabin feeling. New York wants to fire the TSA, whose queues are getting out of hand.

Layovers 040 LHR

Layovers 040 LHR

Flight 040. An interview of Mark Vanhoenacker, a 747 pilot who gave up his corporate career to follow his childhood dream of flying. He is the author of SkyFaring, a favorite of both Alex and Paul.

Layovers 039 DME

Layovers 039 DME

Flight 039. King size bed seats, throne seats, configurable bench seats, new inventions in a world of reduced leg room. How consolidation in the US skies might hurt choice for the consumer. Another smart luggage, one we might actually buy. A quite epic Emirates business class experience. Wow Air will fly you to Snapchat for them. Solar Impulse crosses the Pacific Ocean. The non-story of a drone hitting a plane. The turnaround CEO of Malaysian quits after less than a year.

Layovers 038 BOS

Layovers 038 BOS

Flight 038. The story behind Virgin America’s death: why Alaska bought it, why JetBlue didn’t, why Alaska might regret it, why it made sense for the investors to sell, how JetBlue goes after Virgin’s passengers, how we all lose out, and what will happen to the brand. A bit of hope for the 747. The dire state of the TSA. The confidence behind Emirates’ new booking system. A pillow that calls itself smart. KLM is boarding the new Facebook Messenger. Warheads board an Air Serbia plane. A Tesla and a 737 race each other. 

Layovers 037 LCA

Layovers 037 LCA

Flight 037. Who will buy Virgin America and will the brand survive? Airspace, or when Airbus brands its widebody cabins for the travelers. Ryanair decides to become nice. Is Virgin Atlantic finally mulling a long haul low cost product? As crews misbehave in flight, they might love the new A350. Boom, the startup that wants to solve supersonic travel. When the UK has a shortage of biscuits, it sends 777s to the rescue. The infamous hijacker selfie. Aces High for the Iron Maiden 747. 

Layovers 036 KEF

Layovers 036 KEF

Flight 036. The most hated airlines on social media. The future of everywhere security screening in airports. The rather incomprehensible new Delta ads. Automated check-ins for everyone by the Lufthansa Innovation Hub. The EU is fed up about the US stalling Norwegian, the transatlantic route disruptor. A #stopover in Iceland. Self-tracking your hold luggage. A new lobbying european airline alliance. A flaw in TSA Pre?

Layovers 035 OAK

Layovers 035 OAK

Flight 035. Rimowa thinks the luggage tag needs an electronic reinvention. American Airlines thinks Gogo’s wifi is way too slow. Some think calls should be banned altogether over US skies. Everybody seem to think the A340 needs to be scrapped as soon as possible. A pilot thinks anyone could land a 737 after watching his video but HAL thinks it can teach you in 10 minutes via brainwaves. We think a plan to annihilate timezones makes no sense at all.

Layovers 034 MAN

Layovers 034 MAN

Flight 034. Turkish flies to Gotham City. JetBlue launches a venture arm. British Airways female flight attendants win the right to wear trousers. OK Go films a zero gravity music video. Calculating the real cost of the fuel surcharge. Terror bomber gets sucked out of plane in display of karmic justice. China blacklists unruly passengers. The 747 gently fades away.

Layovers 033 HND

Layovers 033 HND

Flight 033. The experience of flying JAL and ANA. Airbus finally gets new A380 orders. The fantastic Virgin America online booking experience. Smart carry-ons are starting to cause problems at security. IranAir gets a new fleet. The race of the longest commercial flight in the world is on. Boeing’s earnings are flying, its 737 MAX too. What’s the best Star Alliance business seat?