Flight 004. US voices rise against Gulf airlines, SkyMall rises from the ashes, a business-only airline rises above the Atlantic, droneS WILL NOW carefully rise, airside eyes rise for Google Glass and airport codes rise in complexity.


We implemented a new recording method for this episode, which improves on the sound. We realize that the mixing is not yet perfect but we know that John Biggs will continue pushing us towards perfection.

I. News of the week

US airlines vs the Gulf Airlines

Boeing reviving the 757?

AirUber or SpotifyAir?

SkyMall reborn

Expedia buys airline-incepted Orbitz

Korean Air executive goes to jail over nuts

Parliament split over IAG' s acquisition of Aer Lingus, RyanAir driven out

Airbus loses only A380 VVIP client


II. Innovation in AirTech, PaxEx and Design

JetBlue introduces Apple Pay

FAA proposes drone rules

AMS trials Google Glass

BA goes tablet for logbook

Airplane family seating

Lufthansa introduces vintage 747 livery

RyanAir talks smartwatches

SWISS' amazing footage

United tests a new website

Delta goes Starbucks


III. App of the week


IV. Debate of the week

Can a business-only airline finally succeed?


V. Question of the week

Why do Canadian airports have a Y prefix, whereas the ones in the UK are more city-related? And why is LAX called LAX? by Keir Whitaker in Bath, UK

The three-letter airport code history is both simple and complicated. The origins can be found in meteorological stations, regulations, old city names, airfield names. Listen to the segment for a run-down!


VI. Airport of the week

Paul's hometown airport. It has an unusually long runway for an airport this size (longer than SFO, HKG and on-par with LHR, just to take the airports covered in episodes 001, 002 and 003). Part of it was actually on French territory, but countries decided to exchange land to make it swiss while maintaining their respective land mass.

Geneva is home to the United Nations and many of its bodies (HCR, WIPO, WHO, ITU to name a few) but also the IATA and the EBACE aviation trade fair. Many multinationals (Nestle), financial institutions and organizations (the Olympic committee) are also located nearby, which also explains the importance of the airport relative to its size. Many countries also source the ink for their bank notes through that port of call.

If you have to go through passport control, chances are you will be bussed. Always go close to the doors on the right side of the bus, you'll exit quicker to immigration—which can get cramped at times (the zone shall be refurbished soon, we hear).

Before customs, at the baggage belts, is a machine that delivers a 80 minutes free public transport ticket. It's not well-advertised, but worth it as cabs do not all take credit cards. Take the train over the bus to go to the center of the city with that ticket. All trains stop a Geneva central station and you'll be there in a short 5 minutes. 

Leaving Geneva Airport, make sure you take a look at the security gates at the end, there's often less people than the ones people turn first at (there's a Fast Track corridor on both ends). You can also try to go through the F gates—although usually reserved for passengers traveling to France, staff might let you through (smile!) and you'll cut through the queues, whilst being able to re-join the main A, B. C gates.