Cranky on the Web (October 11-15)

Why Arguments Against Airline Foreign Ownership Are BogusBNET Headwinds
There are plenty of arguments against allowing foreign ownership of US airlines, but I don’t buy any of them.

How Airlines Battled Through the September Traffic BluesBNET Headwinds
September is a four-letter word in the airline industry because it’s a terrible month for demand. So far, it looks like the airlines did a decent job of fighting through it this year.

Drop in ONT flights bodes illSan Bernardino Sun
All the newspapers serving the area around Ontario Airport are running stories on the airport’s problems, and this one quoted me.

Allegiant Rebrands to Make You Forget It’s an AirlineBNET Headwinds
Allegiant has been focusing on packaging for ages, but now it’s trying to make that a stronger sell to customers.

Southwest Pilots Have Tentative Deal to Fly Larger AirplanesBNET Headwinds
Southwest pilots have tentatively agreed to fly the 737-800. I still can’t figure out why this is being discussed publicly when no order has been announced.

Southwest Ads Shift From Bag Fees to Change Fees, and Face a Tougher SellBNET Headwinds
Southwest is looking to pimp its no change fee policy now. It’s a tougher sell, but it’s a good idea if the airline is going to continue to avoid having them.

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