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.


2 Responses to Cranky on the Web (October 11-15)

  1. You mean I can’t fly nonstop Caracas and Tehran, what is this world coming to….LOL

  2. Ron says:

    I wonder how much Allegiant are interested in people doing the reverse routes — from a “Fun and Sun” metro area to a small city in Middle America. They don’t offer hotel and car packages in Northwest Arkansas, for example. They don’t even offer just a car there, apparently because there’s no Alamo car rental at the airport, even though there’s both National and Enterprise, which are all owned by the same parent company. So they must make a lot less money off of these travelers.

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