Melissa Chun, a Southwest Airlines employee since 1993, reflects on the first phase of modernization at Los Angeles International Airport for the carrier. "Not only do we have more space, but we also have the latest technology in the airline industry," she writes. "All of this provides the perfect foundation for us as we work toward introducing international destinations to LAX."
Charles Keegan, who leads transportation training and integration solutions at Raytheon, said the U.S. should improve training for air traffic controllers to reflect modern technologies. "A modernized training system that takes advantage of today's student profile is one that will be most flexible, timely, and cost effective," he writes.
There have been a number of technological leaps in the in-flight entertainment arena. However, airlines continue to struggle to meet the growing need for more Wi-Fi speed, this blogger says. "The technology will never catch up. It's like the '80s and '90s and looking for a faster computer," said Gogo President and CEO Michael Small.
For many airlines, the buy-on-board process has replaced complimentary meals. The results include food that can be passable or delicious. Along comes Inflight Feed, a program that seeks to take the mystery out of what to expect on low-cost or legacy airlines.
The new business-class seating that will appear on American Airline's Boeing 777-300ER has a short history, this blog notes. The seats designed by James Park Associates are virtually the same as those used by Cathay Pacific Airways and they're cousins to the seats rolled out by US Airways a few years ago.