Introducing BNET Headwinds – Cranky on the Web (July 26-30)

It’s been a quiet week on BNET this week, and that’s because they were busy launching a completely revamped site. So they locked us out while they made the changes, but now it’s back and better than before. Instead of being a contributor on BNET Travel, I now have my own blog called Headwinds (BNET Travel is gone). I’ll continue to post at the same rate as before, but you’ll now only see my posts. I would, however suggest browsing the other blogs as well, because there is some great stuff in there.

So make sure you update your bookmarks. The old industry.bnet.com/travel site is so 2009. Start using this link from now on:
http://www.bnet.com/blog/airline-business
And the new RSS feed is:
http://www.bnet.com/blog/airline-business?mode=rss

Southwest’s Chronic Flight Delays Are Getting WorrisomeBNET Headwinds
Southwest had another month with a fair number of flights delayed more than 70 percent of the time. With the DOT’s increasing focus, they’re going to need to work on this.

Delta Woos N.Y. Fliers as Chicago Shuttle Targets UAL, AMRBloomberg
Bloomberg ran a piece about Delta moving into the LaGuardia-O’Hare market with full force. I see this as an attempt to “win” New York, so it’s targeting American more than anyone else.

How Southwest Made Hay With “Bags Fly Free”BNET Headwinds
Southwest keeps getting more creative with selling its bags fly free prop. This time, it’s a ground ops agent getting in on it.

US Airways Pilot Dilemma Spills Into the CourtsBNET Headwinds
The US Airways pilot brawl is heating up, and management has been dragged in. Now the airline want clarification on what the heck it’s supposed to do.

United-Continental Merger: Suspicions Confirmed as Exec Team Leans Toward ContinentalBNET Headwinds
John Tague is out, and Continental is starting to take over.

How Social Media Can Save Airlines Time and MoneyBNET Headwinds
There’s a lot of debate about whether or not social media is worth. I say yes, and the benefit can be quantifiable.

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