DLD 141: Growth, Bans and an un-Ban

May 11, 2017

Spirit Airlines pissed off pilots so much there was a work slowdown and a court injunction. Added bonus: Passenger riots in Fort Lauderdale when flights got cancelled.

SonAir will let the general public buy in on its charter flights between Houston and Luanda, Angola. A crazy line that comes at quite a price.

United is expanding domestic operations at SFO even more than previously expected, mostly in a response to Alaska Airlines’ growth in the market.

Is the Electronics Ban spreading to the rest of Europe? We don’t know and it would suck if it does, so we talk about that a bit.

Gogo has a private 737-500 named Jimmy Ray. Seth was on board to put the newest 2Ku in-flight internet service through its paces. Added bonus: Gogo gave us a bunch of free passes to give to all of you!

Air Force 1 had a contamination problem in the oxygen systems on board. Boeing is paying the $4mm+ repair costs there.

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4 comments on “DLD 141: Growth, Bans and an un-Ban

  1. Hi there good people of DLD, I’d like a voucher code please. Thanks for continuing to do the show your generosity, long time listener, kmc

    PS what sort of download numbers/ audience dues the show reach? How has this tracked since the early days of the show? Are you aware of other podcasts doing similar content?

  2. Hello gents, thanks for the show, but a few corrections regarding Sonair.

    Fist Sonair is not “the airline of Angola”. That title belongs to TAAG, those guys with fleet of orange 737s and 777s among other things. Sonair is a subsidiary of Sonangol the national petroleum company of Angola and has been operating for almost 20-years now.

    Second Sonair is also not just some form of “charter”, or simply capacity purchase from others but is an actual airline with an AOC. They own and operate multiple aircraft types of their own including larger ones like A319, 737NGs, plus a whole host of helicopters, props and bizjets.

    Lastly, the Houston operation which is operated by Atlas Air, is fully crewed by Atlas employees including the flight attendants. They are no Angolan/Sonair FAs. There is a single Sonair employee onboard that serves as translator for any Portuguese only speaking passengers, but this person is not a legal part of the operating crew.

    While I don’t want to beat you guys down, it would really behoove you guys and do some deeper research regarding each one of the primary topics to be covered in each show. Leaving listeners with half or incorrect information is hardly a good outcome.

  3. Marcel B May 18, 2017

    Informative as usual, and sometimes a bit envious at the diverse list of destinations visited.

    Do you still have any gogo vouchers?