Cranky on the Web (June 7-11)

Delta + AirElite Charter Operation = Corporate Bigwig AirlinesBNET
Delta’s looking to combine corporate charter with commercial ops. Good stuff.

Airline satisfaction at three-year highMarketplace
JD Power came out with its annual survey results. You know how I feel about these things, but I’m always willing to comment.

Airports Council International – North America Marcom Conference
Thanks are due to Addison over at IAG for filming about 7 minutes of our panel this week at the ACI conference.

Why Airlines Need to Focus on Winning the War of Words on CongestionBNET
April was a great month for on time performance, but it shows something about why airlines should be more aggressive at talking about congestion.

May Air Traffic Shows Early Signs of a Strong Summer as Unions Start to Ramp Up CampaignsBNET
May traffic numbers are in, and they are very strong. It’s going to be a good summer, and that means unions will start ramping up campaigns for raises.

US Airways: How Not to Cope With Bickering Pilots After a MergerBNET
US Airways east pilots are claiming victory in the latest battle with the west, but this is a temporary victory that’s likely to simply drag the process on longer and complicate the whole situation.

Virgin America CEO: Why Traditional Carriers Can’t InnovateBNET
At the ACI conference in San Diego this week, David Cush gave the keynote, and while I agree with some of what he said, I disagree with other points.

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