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layovers ✈︎ air travel and commercial aviation

Summary: The acclaimed air travel podcast. We love travel, we love planes, we love airports. Did we mention we love planes?

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  • Artist: Paul Papadimitriou and Alex Hunter on air travel and aviation
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 069 CLT — United dog, Narita grows, Air Italy, ashtrays, sky diamonds, airport rocking chairs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:12:04

Flight 069. The week United killed a dog and went from bad to worse. The in-flight WiFi black hole over Europe. Narita gets a new runway. Banning frequent flyers from flying in Russia. Diamonds fall from the sky. Why are there ashtrays in new planes? Attache Travel goes to Kyushu and release its book. Layovers meets Mastication Nation over plane food. Air Italy gets off the ground. The rocking chairs of CLT.

 068 CGK — Epic Garuda First, Lufthansa re-livery, US and Qatar Airways peace, budget Star Alliance | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:22:04

Flight 068. Paul flies Garuda in First, narrates the up and downs of the history of the Indonesian airline. Is Lufthansa really re-branding again? The US settles with Qatar Airways. Star Alliance onboards budget airlines. Embraer and Boeing kinda marry. Alex flies Emirates to DXB.

 067 PHL — 380 lifeline, Lufthansa blues, Bombardier victory, emotional peacock, Google Flights | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:32:13

Flight 067. The 380 lives to see another decade. How to address passengers. Bombardier slaps Boeing. Embraer feels hurt. Emotional peacock. Spirit flushes an hamster. Forever United ticket. Google Flights gets closer to Skynet domination. Lufthansa goes eurowhite, loses the yellow. American is dull at copyright. Fear of Flying. A380 app. Going to Rome for lunch.

 066 CPH — Airbus shaken not stirred, BA recline, Europe pilot chase, no more US 747, robot carry-on | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:16:06

Flight 066. Airbus gets all shaken up. No more recline for BA. Airport noise insanity. No more US 747s. Boeing, Bombardier, Delta, Embraer, AeroMexico, the US airline world plays chess. Fuel efficiency in the skies. A robot carry-on. And more. — (full show notes will be added soon!)

 065 BOS — Will Hunter, JFK Bomb Cyclone, ground handling revealed, Alaska Timbers, ANA brothers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:15:53

Flight 065. Special guest Will Hunter tells us all about the hidden side of ground handling. The East Coast 'Bomb Cyclone'. A very very safe 2017. The bizarre tale of the ANA turnaround. The public versus private airport dynamics. A new Google Flight. United can't catch a break. —

 064 LED — United 767, snowpocalypse, pizza lounge, A380 Xmas tree, 747 amenity kit, smart bag ban | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:17:52

Flight 064. The verdict on United 767 Polaris. The 747 amenity kit. The snow wreaks havoc on BA and London Heathrow. Airbus draws a Christmas tree (freshener) over Germany. The smart carry-ons get finally dumbed down by U.S. airlines. Where's the pizza lounge in Europe?! —

 063 ITM — Flying in Japan, ANA bliss, boarding uncertainty, Emirates shower, folding OpenSkies | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:27:46

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. —

 062 BQH — Emirates super First, Airbus artful Bombardier move, Qatar wants Italy, Air France scare | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:22:43

Flight 062. Emirates unveils a Mercedes in the sky. We need virtual windows everywhere. Air France can't contain a 380 engine failure. Singapore elegantly double beds its 380s. Boeing is furious at Airbus for its surprise Bombardier move. Qatar buys into Cathay and to become Italy's next flag carrier. Alex spots a drone on final. —

 061 MRS — Ryanair chaos, Air Berlin no more, airline ownership, Bipolar BA, Pan Am nostalgia | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:15:40

Flight 061. The low-cost chaotic management of Ryanair. BA dissociative identity disorder. Air Berlin has no more runway (but Germany gives it money). The truth about airline ownership. The Pittsburgh non-flyer experiment. The good old days of paper check-in and gate access. More JetBlue please. —

 060 NBO - How To Land A Plane, with Mark Vanhoenacker, British Airways 747 pilot and author | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:59:24

Flight 060. Mark Vanhoenacker, our favorite airline pilot, is back with us for the release of How To Land A Plane, his new book. Will he leave the 747 for the 787? The memories of his first 747 landing and 320 training, Do we prefer landing or taking off? And a few Airplane! quotes. — Show notes:

 059 MNL — Asian super-airports, gate security, window blind policy, Qantas’ confidence, BA puke seat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:20:48

Flight 059. Security at the gate is throwing off our rhythm. The awkward SWISS lie-flat seat. The arms race of the (Asian) super-airports. Alex’s “generally fine” bodily fluid soaked BA experience. The 787 dimmable window conundrum. The Emirates two-class 380. Paul uncovers a strange Singapore Airlines amenity kit policy. And more. (YES, SHOWS NOTES ARE COMING BACK SOON)

 058 BKK — JetBlue Mint, Air Canada near miss, Singapore 777s, Southwest love, Millennial Air | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:31:10

Flight 058. Alex flies his bike on JetBlue, himself on Mint. Paul flies a variety of Singapore 777s. The Air Canada SFO disaster that just wasn’t. Qatar and AA dance apart. New US security measures confusion. Joon, the new Air France millennial airline. United loves the 747, but not dogs nor kids. Easyjet pilot on ecstasy. (SHOW NOTES WILL RETURN SOON)

 057 ICN — 747-8i, laptop ban ending, A320 engine coins, security awkwardness, FCO praise | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:26:50

Flight 057. Paul flies the 747-8i with Korean Air business class. Alex praises BA at LHR and during flight. That time when a microphone got confused for a sex toy. A320 engine coins. Laptop ban winding down. Qatar buys some AA, cancels A350s, leases planes to BA. Etihad free seat bidding. FCO impresses. And much more. (SHOW NOTES WILL RETURN IN AUGUST)

 056 KIX — Attache book, Paris Air Show banter, A380plus, heatwave, GDS mismatch, Mordor MAD | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:23:42

Flight 056. The Attache Guide to Travel. War of words at the Paris Air Show. The A380-meh-plus. PHX, LGW, DXB heatwave disruption. MAD T1 leads to Mordor. Alex unlikes EasyJet and gets a BA seat mess. Paul gets lost in FRA and in the world of infuriating GDSs. Both sleep like babies on 747s. And much more. — (SHOW NOTES WILL BE BACK SOON!)

 055 MCT - Qatar blockade, plane burgers, in-flight bluetooth, BA fallout, Oman Air | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:11:06

Flight 055. The Qatar conundrum. Burger (and McDonald’s) in the air. Is Bluetooth allowed in flights (and what Bose did to privacy). BA IT crash, the immediate fallout and status extension. And more.


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