Cranky on the Web (August 16-20)

Weak July Traffic Shows Allegiant Lost AltitudeBNET Headwinds
Allegiant saw weaker traffic numbers in July. It’s not what you expect from an airline that continues to find ways to fill more and more seats.

LAN-TAM Merger: U.S. Carriers Sweat The Fate of Alliance PartnersBNET Headwinds
LAN and TAM are merging, and everyone wants to know which alliance the combination will choose. Could it be both?

how to keep your flight attendant from jumping off the planeAntibride
Admittedly a fluffy story, but it’s a light-hearted look at how to treat a flight attendant onboard (with some serious points).

JetBlue’s All-You-Can-Jet Turns Back to Twitter to Fill SeatsBNET Headwinds
It’s baaaackk. JetBlue’s All You Can Jet has returned and the airline is relying on Twitter to get the word out.

Flight Attendant Demands May Block Southwest’s Push Toward Bigger PlanesBNET Headwinds
I thought Southwest’s announcement about getting a larger plane was odd, but I then I started looking at the labor angle.

How to Fix LAX By Bringing Alliance Partners Together< - BNET Headwinds
I admit it’s a reach, but LAX won’t be able to spend much money and this could be a big improvement for the customer.

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I think Virgin America would be rightly pissed off at LAWA if they spent a bunch of their IPO cash to fix up their part of LAX T3, and then got kicked out so that Alaska (the company that wasted some of VX’s money in DOT proceedings) could reap the benefit. It seems to me the airline that has the biggest problem in regards to transferring is AS, which will be fixed once they move to T6- in fact, LAWA has a tunnel connecting T5 with T4, so they can eliminate the AS-AA shuttles AND the AS-DL ones. (FWIW, AA… Read more »

eponymous coward

That should read “startup capital” instead of “IPO cash”.



How would you get Delta to play ball with that move? It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been an LAX regular, but T5 is much nicer than T2. T2 is old, dumpy, has/had few good restaurants, and the NW lounge was terrible.

T5, OTOH, was much bigger, nicer, had better food options, and their Crown Room was far better than the NW lounge.

Delta would need a carrot to move back to T5, so what do you suggest that they be offered?

Nick Barnard

Re: the Anti-Bride Piece. If you lose your cool and do something you shouldn’t, and realize it while that person is still around: APOLOGIZE. I once let out a four letter word tirade as a College Freshman toward a US Airways Express employee who was doing her damndest to help us through an irregular operation. (The flight attendant didn’t show up.. sigh.) It really ticked her off at the time, but after I cooled down, I apologized which she appreciated. Having worked in the service industry, I recognize that people do things they don’t intend to do, and I’m always… Read more »

David M

LAX is such a big O&D market that I’m not sure that there’s a huge benefit to moving carriers around to facilitate intra-alliance connections. Probably what is needed is something similar to DFW’s SkyLink to provide airside connections serving all terminals. But of course this would be a major capital project which LAWA would probably have a difficult time funding after overspending on the Bradley renovations. And with respect to Terminal 1 in particular, I think I once read a comment on another forum and would suspect that it is true that pretty much much the rest of the industry… Read more »


It seems unlikely that TAM and LAN will be able to stay in seperate alliances with a lot of the current restrictions on cross alliance codeshares and status mileage built into alliance charters. It will have to be one or the other, or maybe even SkyTeam if they sweeten the pot the way they did trying to woo JAL.