The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee reported out the AIRR or FAA reauthorization bill on a party line vote 32-25 all Rs voting Aye, all Ds No.   It included an amendment by Rep. Steve Cohen calling on the FAA to set minimum seat standards within 1 year, but contained no moratorium on further shrinkage,… Read More

  We’re issuing the newsletter early, before the big vote Tuesday in the House Transportation Committee – so our members can call their Congressional representatives.Especially those on the Committee (below) to support strengthening amendments and air travel reform as set forth in the FlyersRights Airline Passenger Bill of Rights. Open to the Public: Aviation Innovation, Reform,… Read More

The market research institute Skytrax surveyed 18 million passengers from over 160 countries worldwide on their favorite airline. And, once again, don’t expect US carriers to be anywhere near No. 1. At the Paris Air Show on Tuesday the winners were announced, and passengers from across the globe chose Qatar Airlines a No. 1. Qatar was… Read More

June 14, 2017 Bloomberg confirmed last week that the new Basic Economy fares have been hugely profitable and this new fare class is worth at least $1 billion in additional revenue. Notably, this ‘lowest’ fare offering – which slashes services for the old price while raising the Economy fare – tends to raise your overall cost, because you… Read More

The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee is holding a hearing on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 9:30 AM in 2167 Rayburn. The committee will discuss the upcoming FAA Reauthorization. As Chairman Shuster (R-PA 9) has been pushing for the privatization of Air Traffic Control, this topic will likely dominate the hearing to the exclusion of… Read More

The FAA Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) will be meeting on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM to discuss regulatory repeals. Paul Hudson is a voting member of the committee and will be attending the meeting. At the meeting, representatives from the airlines, manufacturers, unions, Flyers Rights, and other groups will be discussing the… Read More

  One thing we don’t do enough is answer your questions. In this new era of abuse and assault onboard US carriers, you have many questions. Should the Civil Aeronautics Board, which used to regulate airlines, be reintroduced in the US? Several countries have this agency to serve and assist airline passengers. What is driving conflict… Read More