Cranky Around the Web (August 3 – 7)

Republic Completes Purchase of Midwest, But Frontier Hangs in the BalanceBNET
Midwest is now officially owned by Republic, but its success may have a lot to do with what happens with Frontier.

Another Reason Airports Should Love AllegiantBNET
Allegiant helps small airports reach 10,000 annual enplanements, and that’s huge. Why? Keep reading.

NileGuide 5 with the Cranky FlierNileGuidance blog
They asked me 5 questions and I answered them. The answer to #1? Slovenia.

Continental’s July Unit Revenue Dips Less Than in JuneBNET
It’s traffic time again, and July came in slightly better than June. Yippee.

Crew Fatigue Takes Center StageBNET
Recent high profile incidents related to crew fatigue have pushed the topic back into the spotlight.

July 2009 Traffic NumbersBNET
July traffic numbers are out and they look a little different than recent months. (That’s a good thing.)

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BNET seems to be dead in terms of comments, so I’ll post here. With regard to “commuter” pilots and fatigue, what do you expect/think might happen in terms of operating limits? A long time ago, “commuter” airlines operated under Part 135, which isn’t as strict as the operating requirements under Part 121, which the major airlines use. A few years back, under a “one level of safety” marketing campaign, the commuter carriers transitioned over to Part 121 requirements. Now, the historic commuter model (small-city hub feed for a major airline, where a pilot could fly 5-6 legs or more in… Read more »


CF wrote: I’ve heard talk that they might want to require commuters to fly in 12 hours before they’re scheduled to fly to make sure they’re adequately rested. What if you’re flying at 8p? You aren’t going to wake up really early to fly in before 8a? Instead you’ll have to fly in the day before and pay for a hotel out of pocket. If you do fly in early, you’re likely to be more tired by the time your flight comes around. So while I think there is room for more regulation, I’m not expert enough to know what… Read more »