Cranky on the Web (October 26 – 30)

Continental Joins Star Alliance TomorrowBNET
Continental is in no-man’s land as they end their SkyTeam participation and prepare for Star Alliance.

Ontario’s Air Traffic Glut Draws Anger Toward LABNET
Ontario’s traffic keeps dropping, and the solution might involve kicking LA World Airports to the curb.

Airlines Show Concerns About Winter Demand LevelsBNET
Sales are starting to come out fast and furious, and the pricepoints are low. This may be a long winter.

US Airways Walks Away From Las Vegas, Slashes JobsBNET
US Airways has put the final nail in the coffin in Las Vegas, but more importantly, a lot of people are losing their jobs. Not good.

JetBlue Has Big Plans for BostonBNET
JetBlue is ramping up Boston big time. Giddyup!

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Bobber
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I just booked a United itinerary for the 12-15th Nov that involves a codeshare flight on CO out of Houston for the return to London. Haven’t flown CO in 12 years, so will be interested to see what it’s like. It was one of the cheaper options (booking via the UA website) but not as cheap as connecting via EWR (no thanks, and a 757 over the atlantic, again no thanks).

Bobber
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Hi Cranky,

I’d always chose a 777 over a 757, and in this case I’m straight into work the next morning so I figured I just might get a better ride over in the 777. The emPower outlets will still be tested, though – I paid Apple an arm and a leg for my power adaptor and I get precious little opportunity to use it on UA!

Darkwater
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In the Ontario article on BNET you linked to a PDF from ~2005 discussing the activities of one of the later principals in Braniff (II) at San Bernadino Intl. Has the FAA and the airport allowed his participation at San Bernadino to continue?

Bobber
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CF wrote:

You won’t need it – the 777 and 757 have regular power. Only the 767s have emPower.

Great. Anyone want to buy a barely used laptop airline adaptor for a MacBook Pro?

Grrrrr

Holidays from Belfast Airport
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Some good articles there, BNET’s new to me, Thanks

Dan
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Crank, When did LAWA divest itself of PMD? That was done very quietly… wikipedia doesn’t show anything on it, and I don’t recall you covering. The fly-away shuttle from VNY has double its fares in two years. You used to be able to ride the thing for $6 rt. It’s $14 now. Wow. WRT ONT — hard to say what the right answer is on that one. I can see the costs irritating the airlines, but if those are going to be passed on to the consumer, then who cares. Consumers in that part of town will eat $10 extra… Read more »
Darkwater
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CF wrote:
Well, I don’t think the FAA has any say in the matter because of the way this thing is structured. Here’s a good article on it:
http://www.redcounty.com/sanbernardino/2008/04/airport-authority-nobid-contra/

Ooh, sneaky!

Dan
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I’ll disagree with you on this one. I’m working on a more in-depth post right now that looks at specific numbers, and they’re quite damning. JetBlue was going to make Ontario its SoCal focus but they couldn’t get costs down to a place that would make them comfortable. If passengers would really just gladly absorb $10 extra per ticket, then every airline in this country would be profitable. This whole business is built on razor-thin margins, and cost reductions can make a big difference. Ok… but are the “costs” more than just the PFC’s that get passed directly on to… Read more »
Bobber
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So, I totally blame what’s been written on these pages over the past months about the supposed quality of service that Continental Airlines offers!!! My curiosity got the better of me. I’ve just flown them as part of a Star Alliance codeshare (booked through United), and they TOTALLY sucked. OK, the plane was nice and new, and the FA’s were very polite (and marginally younger than on UA), and I suppose 3-3-3 is the better of two evils in terms of seating configurations. However, the flight was 2 hours late (in 10 years of flying United, 3 x transatlantics/year, they… Read more »
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