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In over 20 years of aviation, we’ve learned the journey is filled with twists and turns, heartache, and thrills. This podcast is raw, authentic, and gritty, it will showcase both the magic and the madness of what it means to be in aviation. Episodes include conversations with the people who are teaching us, challenging us, and working with us. We also have direct conversations with you about what’s working and not in the pursuit of becoming and staying a professional pilot. You don’t have to ...
 
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This week: Daryl Taylor, VP/GM, Airbus, America - Recorded LIVE on location from the Airbus assembly line, Mobile AL for a major announcement; Also, is Delta leading the industry with expanded FA pay? Listener Qs: Does Southwest have a halo around it's brand? Shoutouts to ATC at PBI, and to Braniff.By Ben Baldanza & Chris Chiames
 
This week: Jay Sorensen, President, IdeaWorksCompany LLC; The passing of Fmr Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta; Boeing moving HQ to DC - Why?; The need for 13,000 pilots each year; Listener Q's involving pilot scope clauses, outsourcing, the 1500 hour rule; Shout-out to Delta Club employees.By Ben Baldanza & Chris Chiames
 
This week: Chris Sloan reports on the unique experience of flying in Alaska and quizzes Ben & Chris on Ultra Av Geek trivia; Southwest bullish on business travel; Avianca merges with Viva; Chaos at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport; Frontier's high ancillary revenue; Listener Q: Financial risk to buy a ticket on AA? Complaint involving Spirit & Carnival…
 
Take a walk down memory lane of the history of telemedicine with the noted “father of telemedicine,” Dr. Jay Sanders. In this really fun episode, we learn about the early days of telemedicine, the skeptics and various authoritarians of the day who wanted in on the act. A must listen with this renowned doctor, technologist and visionary! More on Jay…
 
This week: Kathryn Creedy, Editor In Chief at Future Aviation/Aerospace Workforce News; Plus: Airfares are up; 3 profitability indicators; Quarterly earning call previews; European summer demand; Listener feedback on international air rights, ULCC sector in Canada, & Ed Bastian's statement that federal dollars were not a bailout.…
 
This week: Bart Biggers & Kevin Lewis, Partners, Sidley Austin LLP; Plus: Planes are starting to fill up; A JetBlue offer for Spirit; Start-Up Canada Jetlines focuses on Toronto; A DHL 757-200 breaks in half on emergency landing; Listener Q's on international air service rights & DCA signage; Shout-outs.…
 
This week: John Heimlich VP/Chief Economist, Airlines For America. Plus: Change at the top of UPS & the legacy of FedEx's founder; Pilot picket lines popping up; The new labor shortage & who has leverage in the upcoming restructuring; Another IT meltdown at British Airways; Listener Q: A fundamental change in loyalty programs?…
 
This week: Elise Eberwein, EVP, People & Communications at American interviews Ben & Chris. Personal questions answered and Chris names his most annoying high profile passenger; Plus Southwest creates a value transferable ticket; China Eastern Airlines crash; Listener Q's and more.By Ben Baldanza & Chris Chiames
 
This week: Nancy Hocking, JetBlue, Director of Gateway Programs, Lawsuit by pilots over mask mandate; Arajet launches the Dominican Republic’s ULCC; Aeromexico emerges from Chapter 11-now what?; Listener Q from Ben Goldstein @ Aviation Week on fuel hedging; Why are Southwest non-stops priced lower than connecting flights? Southwest status complaint…
 
In this exciting episode, we talk to Mr. Ben Baldanza, former CEO of Spirit Airlines, and friend of co-host, Andrew Mastrandonas. From airline safety in the age of the pandemic to a host of other topics, we present this episode with one of America's top business executives. More on Ben: After leaving US Airways, where Ben and Andrew worked together…
 
This week: Ginger Hughes, Managing Director, Seabury Securities; Airlines business impact from Russia's war on Ukraine; A 30 day mask extension; United/SkyWest plan to drop service to 29 cities; Aeroflot's isolation; Pilot listener question: Will the A220 put Regionals out of business? Plus shout-outs.…
 
This Week: Lance Lipkus, Vice President, Travel Leaders Group. Plus: Avoiding Russian airspace & cutting industry ties; WestJet Acquiring Sunwings; Significant changes in the AAdvantage program; Listener Q's: How will US Airlines build routes under current situation / Why so many hub to hub flights? Fine or Whine? & Shout-outs.…
 
In this episode, we speak with Eugenia Shevchenko of Seedstars, a world-leading startup accelerator and investor, focused on emerging countries. We discuss Seedstars, her work with the UN Women program and more. But most importantly, please listen until the end where she shares her hopes and fears about her family still living in Ukraine and under …
 
This week: Darryl Jenkins, Chairman/Exec. Dir. American Aviation Institute; Was the Turkish Airlines Superbowl ad worth the price? What impact will Alaska's "Flight Pass" have on revenue?; FAA keeps tight reign on Boeing 787 Dreamliner certifications; Listener Q's on Cargo contracts & which airlines offer best pilot employment opportunities. Compla…
 
In this episode, we chat with Mr. Phillipp Buhr, the Founder & CEO of “Marta,” Germany’s leading home care provider. Learn all about what’s happening in Europe and compare and contrast to the elderly care experience here in Asia. We find that some things are no different there than they are here. A truly fascinating, international discussion! Phill…
 
This week: Jeff Shane, Fmr General Counsel, IATA; Plus: Will all the cancellations affect earnings; Ryan's CEO on Covid/Summer travel; Is United selling it's MileagePlus asset? Listener Q's on Aircraft Paint, Sun Country; Almost missed flight due to multiple Delta/ATL gate changes-Fine or Whine?By Ben Baldanza & Chris Chiames
 
This week: Ken McKenzie, Board Member, Canada Jetlines/Fmr COO Spirit; Chris Sloan on his St Lucia Covid quarantine; Southwest & Hawaiian Q4 profit; UK survey: 1/3 of eligible pilots have not returned to work; WSJ's list of leading airlines & new methodology; Listener Q's: AA's FF program changes & AA/Points Guy lawsuit.…
 
In today's wide-ranging interview, we talk with Dr. Ian Chik, a surgeon who hopes to bring liver transplants to Malaysia. Where we ended up in this podcast turned out a bit different! We discussed which health policies work better, corruption, getting COVID-19 and much more. Dr. Ian's podcast, "Prescription Podcast:" https://open.spotify.com/show/0…
 
This week; Tony Lefebvre, COO, Signature Flight Support: Since Christmas-30,000 flights canceled? Allegiant's big Boeing Max order; Listener takes issue with Ben's choice for person of the year; A listener is having airline job-finding challenges; Plus: New year's travel resolutions.By Ben Baldanza & Chris Chiames
 
In today's first episode of Season 2 of “The Doctorpreneurs,”, we speak with Mr. Lim Zuan-Fu, a PhD candidate and researcher in lung cancer in the United States. We also learn about his recent trip back to Malaysia, catching COVID-19, and being quarantined in a hospital in Penang. You’re bound to learn something in Season 2’s premiere episode! Musi…
 
This week: Jordan Kayloe, Dir. Air Service Development, BWI/Marshall Airport; Reflections on Doug Parker's retirement as CEO of American; Delta reduces loyalty benefits for Basic Economy fares; Boeing names Elizabeth Lund new Production Chief; A Fine or Whine complaint about a Spirit seating issue on which Ben & Chris agree is Fine!…
 
This week: Rick Deurloo, Chief Commercial Officer, Pratt & Whitney unveils GTF Advantage engine; Thanksgiving travel recap; The Omicron variant - now what? A crackdown on unruly passengers; Listener Q on our David Neeleman interview re: start-up routes; Complaint: Southwest sale fares only available on web - Fine or Whine? An IATA shout-out.…
 
This week: David Neeleman, Founder, Breeze Airways, JetBlue, & More; Dubai Air Show new aircraft orders; AA & United talk holiday staffing at Skift; Listener Q's: Should the EAS program be terminated? From Australia: Is Qantas & it's LCC successful? Complaint: Alaska Airlines Charged $125 to seat my grandson next to me - Fine or Whine? Plus a tribu…
 
This week: Major service disruption at Southwest; Spotlight on Air India, The Tata Group, & Air travel competition in India; British Airways low cost spin-off back in the news; Listener Q: Is it time for public education to reduce the number of rude passengers? First Class passenger behaving badly-Fine or Whine? Plus the week's shout-outs.…
 
This week: Linda Rutherford, EVP for People & Communications, Southwest Airlines; More employee vaccination mandates; The JetBlue/AA alliance spurs competition? Delta beefs up Boston; Can Aha Airlines (ExpressJet) succeed? An Avianca & Sky Airlines merger? AAdvantage's disadvantage to Europe; How do you play the "Hub Draft" game?…
 
This week: Vasu Raja, Chief Revenue Officer at AA; British Airways scraps low cost startup idea and blames pilots; Should an airline's "no fly list" be shared among the industry and made public? Listener Q's plus a complaint about Frontier- Fine or Whine? A shout-out to Bamboo Air in VietnamBy Ben Baldanza & Chris Chiames
 
This week: Andrew Levy, Founder, Chairman & CEO Avelo Airlines; British Airways, alternative fuel, & questions needing answers; Can American replace the LATAM alliance loss with GOL? Who will get the open slots at Newark? A listener challenges the argument for PFCs, & from Australia: Potential for a Spirit/Frontier merger? An upset Delta Elite-Fine…
 
This week: Dave Dickson, Fmr Airline Audit Chair at Ernst & Young; 9-11 recollections; Stepped up employee Covid requirements; Navigating airline labor concerns and shortages; Alternate fuel use by 2030; Listener Q's; Why did I get a meal in economy? Stuck on the tarmac for 6 hours - Fine or Whine?By Ben Baldanza & Chris Chiames
 
THANK YOU for landing us in the top 1% of all podcasts! This week: Guest: Christina Cassotis CEO Allegheny County Airport Authority (Pittsburgh); Business travel's slower return; Q3 reports/projections; Southwest Pilots sue; Boeing 787 delivery delays; Listener questions, Fine or Whine? & Shoutouts.By Ben Baldanza & Chris Chiames
 
Host, Jason DuVernay sits down with Ben Baldanza, the former CEO of Spirit Airlines to talk about the industry again. Ben gives his expertise on below the wing pain, consolidation, regional staffing, and career planning. Are you ready for the largest in-person hiring event of 2021? It takes place on October 22-24th and will be unlike any job fair y…
 
This week: A wide-ranging labor discussion with Jerry Glass of F&H Solutions Group; Covid variant alters recovery outlook; JetBlue's inaugural flight to London; Spirit's meltdown recovery process; Listener Q's: from Italy regarding Wizz Air; Should Delta re-brand? Southwest pricing complaint-Fine or Whine? Shout-outs.…
 
This week: Chris Sloan talks Ghost Airports (Boo!); The Spirit operational meltdown; Copa Airlines Q2 results & competitive advantages; United's Scott Kirby announces 100% employee vaccine requirement; The Frontier duct tape passenger take-down. Plus listener questions and shout-outs.By Ben Baldanza & Chris Chiames
 
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