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The Air Travel podcast — created by Paul Papadimitriou, hosted along with Alex Hunter — top #1 in 35 countries and counting.

Layovers - Air Travel podcast Paul Papadimitriou

    • Leisure
    • 4.8 • 105 Ratings

The Air Travel podcast — created by Paul Papadimitriou, hosted along with Alex Hunter — top #1 in 35 countries and counting.

    111 LIH - Touring the US in the pandemic-ish era, the MAX is back, the recovery not yet

    111 LIH - Touring the US in the pandemic-ish era, the MAX is back, the recovery not yet

    Alex tours the US, from Denver to San Francisco to Las Vegas to Oakland to Hawaii, and gets to experience his first 737MAX, and the Great Pacific (aka lyrically talking about ZOA KZAK Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center). We discuss the state of travel in this weird era, not yet post-Covid, still pandemic-ish but not yet endemic, a weird middle where international flying is depressed, but with clearer skies ahead for some.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    110 SIN T4 - Vaccine tourism, supersonic Boom, Mi(g)nsk detour, Covid passports, plague terminal

    110 SIN T4 - Vaccine tourism, supersonic Boom, Mi(g)nsk detour, Covid passports, plague terminal

    Alex gets cancelled (not him, the flight!). Duty free to nowhere (and no good pricing anyway). No kidnap fee, a new product by Ryanair. Plague terminal at LHR. Amber, the color of confusion. Genomics quarantine. Digital health visas (aka Covid passports, what a silly name). The travel bubble that refuses to happen. BOOM, our supersonic hopes, the PR reality. The timing of corporate travel taking off. Chicken broth cocktail (try it!).

    • 2 hr 2 min
    109 DIVERSION - Storminess reroute, Steampunk Singapore, (AL)ITA(LIA), pandemic fleets

    109 DIVERSION - Storminess reroute, Steampunk Singapore, (AL)ITA(LIA), pandemic fleets

    Alex outsmarts a diversion, using all the on-air WiFi. Paul talks Scrabble (he clearly spent too much time on the ground). Flights to nowhere and airplane food to your door are not for us, even if it's BA First. 2 Boeing 2 Airbus, Pandemic Drift. ITA, Italy's Troublesome Arrangement (we've come up with a better acronym in the episode). The Singapore Airlines 380 First STEAMPUNK experience, before all the 380s disappeared.

    • 2 hr 2 min
    108 WFH - We Meet Again

    108 WFH - We Meet Again

    When two friends who haven’t seen each other for a year, meet again. One didn’t travel, the other just a little.

    Recorded live, no edits.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    107 - A Golden Era of travel ends, another will rise

    107 - A Golden Era of travel ends, another will rise

    Flight 107. We might have been in a Golden Age of travel, and didn't see it — it's now time to reflect, and think about the next one, a different one, with perhaps more friction, and certainly some pain in the process. From the economical hurt, the airlines at risk, to the new borders to travel (green zones versus red zones of infection?), from health as the new visa to less interaction (more automation?), all the travel futures we might see. For now, we're in this together. The World won't stay closed. We will fix this.

    • 1 hr 56 min
    106 OGG - The 2020 Virus Crash, the world is shutting down, keep healthy, cheer up, we will beat this (and, guys, that Kahului final will make you smile!)

    106 OGG - The 2020 Virus Crash, the world is shutting down, keep healthy, cheer up, we will beat this (and, guys, that Kahului final will make you smile!)

    Flight 106. The 2020 Virus Crash, the world is shutting down, no one is flying — this could become the biggest downturn ever in aviation history and perhaps the biggest global recession since World War II (we certainly do not hope so, we all need to beat this damn Covid-19!). Our thoughts are with all the people in the wider travel industry. Tons of airlines are now at risk around the globe, with bankruptcies and bailouts a certainty, following absolutely massive drops in demand, insane border closures (those are accelerating, and it's only the start), routes suspensions at an unprecedented scale, forced quarantines, fear and uncertainty. But hey, come on, we have good upbeat stories for you (airline bunk beds are a thing!), flight reviews (that turbulent landing!), and, as always, a good banter. Cheer up, keep healthy — we will get through this.

    • 1 hr 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

Harmonyoftheseas ,

Layovers

I love your podcast so much! I am an avid aviation enthusiasts and enjoy hearing all your stories. I would love if you did an episode on Orlando (MCO) because that is my home airport. I hope you guys do a listener meet up somewhere in Florida! Keep doing what you guys do!!!! Also, when is there is a new episode coming?

aramgoz ,

Where’d you go???

New podcast anytime soon?

Mileagerunnersteve ,

Most international of the Aviation podcast

I really enjoy listening to Paul and Alex. They have a great rapport and I enjoy hearing their trip reports. Alex seems like the cool guy from high school who was secretly into planes. Paul seems like the foreign exchange guy who led an international lifestyle you were always jealous of. It is always fun to listen to them respectfully trade opinions. Paul recently did a 2-hour one-man show where he just talked about his perspective in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. I thought the whole podcast was brave, impassioned, and oddly therapeutic for us recovering flying addicts. I really appreciate that they seem to be two ordinary guys with opinions from the consumer perspective.

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