34 episodes

Dive deep into the passenger experience with In Conversation from Runway Girl Network, talking airlines, airports, seats, cabins, inflight connectivity and more! RGN's deputy editor John Walton (@thatjohn) talks to a different fascinating aviation expert every episode about their #PaxEx specialty.

For all the latest news on the passenger experience, visit runwaygirlnetwork.com and follow @RunwayGirl on Twitter.

RGN In Conversation John Walton

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Dive deep into the passenger experience with In Conversation from Runway Girl Network, talking airlines, airports, seats, cabins, inflight connectivity and more! RGN's deputy editor John Walton (@thatjohn) talks to a different fascinating aviation expert every episode about their #PaxEx specialty.

For all the latest news on the passenger experience, visit runwaygirlnetwork.com and follow @RunwayGirl on Twitter.

    In Conversation: Business class with Virgin and BA

    In Conversation: Business class with Virgin and BA

    Joanna Bailey and Thomas Boon from Simple Flying join RGN deputy editor John Walton to face off about the newest business class seats from Virgin Atlantic and British Airways.

    How does Virgin’s Safran Seats Cirrus NG hold up, beyond the well-discussed issue with the table — has the seatmaker fixed its problems? Is the lack of doors a dealbreaker for this new cabin? What about the new Loft lounge space that has replaced the signature Virgin Atlantic bar?

    What about BA’s Collins Aerospace Super Diamond with its door? How has this seat changed, both compared with BA’s old business class seat and compared with existing Super Diamond seats? Do the colours, material and finish (CMF) stand up to scrutiny? What about the Club Kitchen?

    And how do both seats compare with each other, face to face?

    Every episode of In Conversation is available on iTunes. A transcript of this podcast will also be published on this page shortly: please email info@runwaygirlnetwork.com with any feedback on formatting or with any recommendations for increasing its accessibility to the widest possible audience.

    • 40 min
    In Conversation: Hong Kong problems with Jamie Freed

    In Conversation: Hong Kong problems with Jamie Freed

    Reuters’ chief correspondent, Asia aviation and defence, Jamie Freed joins RGN contributing editor John Walton for a wide-ranging conversation about the effects that the ongoing instability in Hong Kong has been affecting aviation within the region.

    How has it affected passengers, the airport, and the demand for its third runway? What about the airlines based in Hong Kong, including Cathay Pacific, HNA’s Hong Kong Airlines and newly-Cathay LCC Hong Kong Express? What do the new people in charge mean for Cathay Pacific after the departure of board chairman John Slosar, CEO Rupert Hogg and chief customer and commercial officer Paul Loo?

    What changes are likely to Cathay’s strategy, especially for Cathay Dragon and HK Express? How about other airlines who fly into Hong Kong, and the other regional hubs like Singapore, Taipei, Bangkok and so on? How is this new unidentified pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan fitting into the picture? And what are the challenges coming forward for the 2020s?

    • 31 min
    In Conversation: Qantas’ Project Sunrise with Jordan Chong

    In Conversation: Qantas’ Project Sunrise with Jordan Chong

    Australian aviation journalist Jordan Chong joins RGN deputy editor John Walton to get to the bottom of Project Sunrise, Qantas’ plan to fly nonstop to London and New York from Australia’s east coast.

    What is Project Sunrise? What are these “research flights” Qantas has been doing all about? How do the two aircraft being put up by Airbus and Boeing for Project Sunrise stack up, and is Qantas happy with the offerings?

    How does Qantas’ perspective as an airline at the “end of the line” inform its decisionmaking? How will Project Sunrise fit in with Qantas’ “longhaul U” strategy of using its Dreamliners for optimal efficiency to Europe, domestically and the US? How will Air New Zealand’s choice to move its flagship flights from London to New York affect the demand for Project Sunrise? And what might the passenger experience on board look like — does Qantas need a new business class seat for the world’s longest flight?

    • 40 min
    In Conversation: Airline food with Nik Loukas

    In Conversation: Airline food with Nik Loukas

    Nik Loukas from InflightFeed.com joins RGN deputy editor John Walton for a wide-ranging conversation about onboard catering and how airlines of all kinds keep us fed and watered on the aircraft.

    What’s new in the world of plane food? What are low-cost airlines focussing on, and how are they doing? Which are the ones to watch…and which are the ones to watch out for? How do the airlines doing a great job with onboard grub do it? What are some of the best meals that Nik and John have enjoyed, and what were some of the shockers?

    How is the trend of bigger main meals — and smaller side dishes — on full services carriers going? How important is the environmental movement in reducing waste and being more thoughtful about the impact of #PaxEx on the planet? 

    • 39 min
    In Conversation: Nicole Noack of IAMA

    In Conversation: Nicole Noack of IAMA

    Head of the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance Nicole Noack joins RGN deputy editor John Walton for an in-depth conversation about the fascinating world of aircraft maintenance!

    What is IAMA, and why does it exist? How does its work, and the work of its member companies, affect the passenger experience? Why did they decide to create an alliance, and what is it working towards?

    What will IAMA produce, and how will it help airlines, aircraft manufacturers, the companies that maintain airplanes, and the lessors who own them, make passenger experience better? What are the gaps in the certification and regulatory system that mean that IAMA and its work are necessary? And what’s next for IAMA and its members?

    Every episode of In Conversation is available on iTunes. A transcript of this podcast will also be published on this page shortly: please email john@runwaygirlnetwork.com with any feedback on formatting or with any recommendations for increasing its accessibility to the widest possible audience.

    • 34 min
    In Conversation: ATR with Zuzana Hrnkova

    In Conversation: ATR with Zuzana Hrnkova

    ATR’s vice president and head of marketing Zuzana Hrnkova joins RGN deputy editor John Walton to talk about the past, present and future of the turboprop airframer.

    What is ATR, and  where do its two aircraft, the ATR 72 and 42, fit in the aviation spectrum? How are they different from the rest of the market? Why are turbopropos more efficient, with a lower environmental impact, than jet aircraft? What’s the ATR-42S short-takeoff-and-landing version, and why is ATR proposing it? Just how many missions need an 800-metre runway, and where?

    How has the passenger experience aboard ATR’s turboprops changed over the years, and how has the Armonia cabin helped? Just how have ATR and Geven fit 18-inch-wide seats into a turboprop fuselage, and are airlines still requesting seats with recline?

    And lastly, how is ATR’s work to bring induction loop technology for Deaf and hard of hearing passengers going? What is the solution looking like, and how will it be implemented?

    • 42 min

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