Gerry Wingenbach

Gerry Wingenbach

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Gerry Wingenbach is a veteran journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries. The author of three books of non-fiction, he is a dual citizen and longtime resident of Vancouver, Canada, and Washington, D.C. When not traveling, he now winters in Park City, Utah, and spends the summers in Banff, Alberta.
Recent Articles

Blue Skies for Delta and Boeing

Revenue is up, fuel and plane maintenance costs are down, and Delta Air Lines has reported a higher-than-expected first quarter profit; despite the fact that Delta cancelled more than 17,000 flights because of gnarly weather, costing it $90 million in revenue, reports Reuters. Share prices are...

China Ordering and Building Aircraft

It’s population is approaching 1.5 billion people and China’s going to need more aircraft for an emerging middle class. Domestic carriers are firing on all cylinders but still getting squeezed by the need to grow fleets.

Chinese passenger travel is forecast to increase five-fold in the next...

The Transparent Airfares Act of 2014

The Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 wants to drop the price of our airline tickets. At least it wants to create that illusion. Maybe cut tickets by about 20%, the share the federal government and airports’ pocket for taxes and fees that pay for services such as airport security, air traffic...

Southwest Airlines Practicing Restraint

Under the headline “Southwest Extends Fleet Cap to 2015 to Reach Capital Goal,” Bloomberg News began flipping through the airline’s business and throwing out baseball-like statistics.

But before we consider the Bloomberg story, let’s remember that last week Southwest said it gave $228...

The Delivery of the 8000th Boeing 737

Boeing delivered the 8,000th 737 this week and the manufacturer is brimming with pride. United Airlines, too, are all high-fives. The Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) model of the world’s best selling aircraft came off the production line and United was waiting.

No other commercial...

Allegiant Air’s Niche

I’m low-cost. I’ve got a fleet of old, fuel-guzzling jets flying at low frequencies, often seasonally busy to 13 leisure markets from 86 relatively small cities. In fact, that’s what I do. I take people from small cities on vacation, going from cold climates to warm climates, including...

The Aircraft Interiors Expo

Ah, April. Home shows. Garden shows. And the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo, held this year in Hamburg and dedicated to improvements in passenger comfort and services.

Exhibitors are hustling attendees with new seats, lighting and entertainment systems. The commercial aircraft cabin interior...

Italian Court Blocks Emirates’ NYC-Milan Route

Arguing the bilateral air-service agreement between Italy and the United Arab Emirates is fractured, an Italian court moved to block Emirates Airline’s route between Milan and New York.

It's unclear when Emirates will have to suspend the JFK-Milan Malpensa route that started last October as...

The Club at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

The Club at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, which opened to big-window views of the tarmac last week at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, is hardly anything to write home about. Not with its ho-hum standard fare of club perks – self-pour drinks, workstations, newspapers, snacks and...

Bargain Hunting for Your Very Own Flight Simulator

Come on. There are more than half a million FlyerTalk members. At least one of you must have a flight simulator in your basement. Maybe a 747 amusement ride, a delightful delusion loaded with airport software from here to kingdom come?

Simulator hobbyists have been in the news lately. The pilot...

Captain, Turn Off That Device

I’m not saying the pilot of the Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus was texting while parking last night—you know how we amp the iPhone on landing—I’m just saying you've got two pilots with more onboard-computer power than Apollo 11, who wing it from Buenos Aires to Miami and then have a...

Dreaming about the Dreamliner

“There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I'm dreaming the hardest.” ― Marilyn Monroe

Maybe there are a lot of dreamers out there. And maybe nobody is dreaming harder than amped and jittery Boeing. Maybe dreaming so hard that the 787...

Ranking Airline Safety

The thing is, safety records are so one-dimensional. You go x number of years without a crash and you’re top shelf. But screw up once, your safety record is toast. There’s no unified theory of safety, but a European agency has named Finnair the world’s safest airline.

Europe's Jet Airline...

The Comings and Goings of Air Traffic Control

A USA Today headline asks how many air traffic controllers handle each cross-country flight, say from LAX to JFK. Handoffs happen all over the map. Controllers carve out slices of space and/or time and leave behind jet-fuel smelling backwash. There are plans to improve traffic control with fewer...

TSA Begins Testing Behavior Screening

“Hey, girlie, are you smiling at that full-body scanner or are you just hoping for a pat down? You, big boy, you come here often? All the security lines in all the airports in the world and you walk up to this one.” TSA officers have a new high-tech tool beyond the logic of computers and...

Delayed Opening at new Berlin (BER) Airport

The fire safety system does not meet standards demanded by building permits. So the opening of Berlin’s new $5.7 billion international airport (BER) is delayed. Again. Construction costs have doubled. Officials touting hip Berlin’s “poor but sexy” image are stone-faced and repelled and...

United Airlines Hikes Fares, Others Soon to Follow?

Airline analysts warned us airfares would climb in the new year. And there goes United, lacking a comedian’s sense of timing and sprinting away from the peloton with a $2 to $5 each way, domestic fare increase. With more than a million fares affected, a few bucks are a quick way to rack up red...

Boeing is (Again) World’s #1 Airplane Maker

Boeing is booming. Airbus is second. Last year Boeing penciled in 1,203 commercial airplane orders, the second highest number in their history. They delivered 601 aircraft, the most since 1999. And they’ve got 4,373 airplane orders to fill, the most in their nearly 100 year history, which...

Putting on the Red Shoes at Virgin Atlantic

To celebrate launching UK domestic routes between London Heathrow and Manchester, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, Virgin Atlantic is running a heart-smacking, fanciful, soulful all-in-one video advertisement labeled ‘Flying in the Face of Ordinary’.

‘They were born different.’ So begins Virgin...

Bag Fees Keeping Airlines Aloft

Well, did you fly enough to get that top-rung status you’ve been chasing? Up there where the air is thin and keen and you’re in your cabana-chair while your checked bag flies free. Third-quarter numbers posted a few weeks ago and the top 10 airlines (ranked by total number of passengers) all...