Cranky on the Web (January 11-15)

US Airways Pilots Infighting Grows Worse by the DayBNET
It appears the US East pilots are tired of fighting the west pilots. Now they’re turning on each other. Unreal.

Airline Capacity Cuts Slow in December, Some Carriers See GrowthBNET
December traffic numbers show some interesting trends.

United Pushes International Presence with Muddled Marketing Message in Denver FightBNET
United is heading back to its Independence Air playbook in its fight in Denver.

Boeing’s Loss of 787-3 Orders is Good NewsBNET
When is a canceled order a good thing? When it allows Boeing to walk away from the 787-3.

Sean Menke Leaves Frontier Airlines, This Can’t Be GoodBNET
Sean Menke is leaving Frontier and Republic, and that doesn’t bode well for the airline.

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Re: Menke leaving Republic. Nice summary of the situation, Cranky. I’m a pretty transparent fan of Frontier, and have been ever since DEN became my home base. I dislike Southwest’s false-friendliness and WalMart-of-the-air vibe, but I absolutely give them credit for REALLY understanding the power of branding. They hammer it home constantly, and have built THE most powerful brand in air travel. I had really high hopes for the Republic buyout, perhaps fueled by my emotional attachment to Frontier. I believe the Frontier flights on their own airbusses with Frontier crews probably still do provide a quality, “Frontier” experience, but… Read more »
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Great comments on the Frontier/Midwest situation. Totally agree with your branding comments and Andrew hits the nail on the head with his experience. With MSP as my home base I’ve seen plenty of the branding changes with Delta moving into town. I’m sure there’s lawyers involved but “Delta flight operated by NWA” just sounds stupid. That said, to the Denver people, sorry to break it to you, but Frontier was purchased. I don’t find it surprising to see management moved out of Denver just as I would not be surprised the slightest to see most old NWA management jobs move… Read more »