3 Links I Love: Delta’s Hypocrisy, Sully Haters, American Pilots Integrate

This week’s featured link:
Delta’s “Fly America” complaints get stranger the closer you lookATW Editor’s Blog
Delta’s still mad at the Middle East carriers, and now it’s mad at JetBlue for using an Emirates codeshare to win Fly America contracts. (Those are the government contracts that must be awarded to US carriers, even if it’s just a codeshare on a foreign airline.) The problem is that Delta does the same thing. Karen calls Delta out in this editorial with specifics. Delta can split hairs here if it wants. JetBlue won’t fly any part of the Emirates route while Delta could operate part of the routes it won, but that’s just ridiculous.

For example, Delta could fly people from Honolulu to Seoul on Delta metal to Tokyo connecting to a codeshare on Korean to Seoul. But let’s be honest. Nobody is going to do that. They’ll all take the nonstop on Korean with the Delta codeshare. Further, Hawaiian flies that nonstop itself, so if flying your own metal nonstop is important, then Delta should go ahead and hand that route over to Hawaiian now.

I really don’t understand how Delta chooses which battles to fight. This one is just silly.

Links I Love

Two for the road:
Crash Investigators Pan Their Casting as Villains in ‘Sully’Bloomberg
No, you read the post title wrong. It’s not that people hate Sully the man. It’s that some people hate Sully the movie, which is in theaters today. And those people are the well-respected NTSB investigators who are cast as villains. I’m really not sure if I’m going to see this movie or not. It’s just not grabbing me.

American Pilot Seniority IntegrationJetCareers
American’s pilots (including the America West, American, and US Airways groups) now have a single unified seniority list. If you go to the 10th comment on this thread, someone attached the entire award there, and it’s a pretty good read. I can’t remember where I read it, but one pilot mentioned in a discussion group that if everyone’s a little pissed off, then the integration is a good one.

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Tim Dunn
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Regarding the GSA awards, the hypocrisy in writing about Delta is multifold 1. American and United also complained about JetBlue’s award 2. In standard industry pricing policy, the US big 3 can and do fly the longest segment of the route awards it receives but JetBlue cannot. 3. Carriers regularly win GSA awards by offering a less convenient schedule and the same principle applies to non-government pricing. By the logic above, should airlines other than Delta and Southwest not bother to compete in the Atlanta to San Diego market since they don’t have nonstop flights? 4. JetBlue has already said… Read more »
Alex Hill
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Re your points 2 and 3: did you read the article Cranky linked to (or Cranky’s summary), which explicitly address and, by my reading, disproved your points? DL has the contract for a number of city-pairs for which its foreign codeshare partner operates nonstop service, so most or all passengers flying under the GSA contract will not use DL metal at all and will certainly be using the foreign partner for the longest segment. With the nonstop operated by a partner, DL does indeed have the most convenient schedule (or at least an equally-convenient schedule) on these partner-operated flights. Re… Read more »
DAB
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The issue I have with “Sully” is we are simply too close to the events. Do we really need a movie about an event that happened less than 8 years ago? The contrast with Apollo 13 is stark here, where at that time the events had happened 25 years before. That seems to be a reasonable time to me.

I guess there is a case that if you are going to get an artistic statement on these events out of Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks that now is the time…

Howie Israelson
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Did the original American Airlines keep any of the TWA pilots or were they all furloughed and therefore are not part of the integration of USAir, America West and American?

David SF eastbay
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The whole ‘Fly America’ act does nothing but cost the American tax payers a lot of money needlessly since while space must be booked as a U.S. carrier, it’s often the actual airline flying the aircraft that has the lower fare. And since some airlines in alliances share revenue U.S. tax payer dollars are still going to the foreign carrier anyway. The act either needs to go away and government workers fly the lowest priced carrier or changed to really mean fly american and only on a U.S. carrier operated fly were possible.

grichard
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When I saw the Sully Haters headline, I was expecting a link to Patrick Smith at “Ask the Pilot.” He seems to be on a long, unrewarding quest to convince people that Sully’s actions were of no particular note.

TC
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DesertGhost
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One of the signs of a good compromise is that everyone complains about part (not all) of it.

cblock2
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@Tim Dunn – you seem to have a grievance against JetBlue for some reason. “It is guaranteed that JetBlue will whine incessantly”? Not sure where you’re getting that idea – what has B6 “whined” about competition before? (Well, wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve complained about the Feds’ past favoritism toward Southwest, but who hasn’t?) JetBlue already competes with the network carriers on lots of shorter international routes already, they know how it works. As for “Sully”, I have to admit I’m really tired about hearing about him, and the whole “Miracle On The Hudson” thing. It sounds like the movie… Read more »
Bill Hough
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regarding the Sully movie. Coverage on Airways’ site is positive so I’ll plan to see it.
https://airwaysmag.com/avgeek/sullys-water-landing-floats-theaters/

Tim Dunn
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T@AlexHill The example used was a Delta fare from Honolulu to Seoul with CF noting that Delta is the carrier to Tokyo which is a much higher percentage of the journey than JetBlue has of a journey to the Middle East. Tell me what percentage of GSA awards are for routes to the US big 3 are for journeys that the big 3 cannot operate any overwater segment. That is comparable to the JetBlue situation. I’m not sure I see it as ridiculous if a carrier codeshares on a foreign carrier in order to meet a US law (good bad… Read more »
Alex Hill
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Honolulu to Seoul has a KE-operated nonstop; the article noted that most passengers will use that instead of going one-stop via NRT. And it listed five other DL-marketed, partner-operated routes: • Los Angeles-Brisbane (nonstop flight is operated by Virgin Australia; Delta does not serve Brisbane with its own aircraft); • Honolulu-Seoul (nonstop is operated by Korean Air); • Washington DC-Seoul (nonstop operated by Korean Air); • Los Angeles-Taipei (nonstop operated by China Airlines); • New York-Shanghai (nonstop operated by China Eastern); • Washington DC-Paris (nonstop operated by Air France). The article lists a number of other examples in which the… Read more »
Tim Dunn
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Alex, Delta publishes a routing to Brisbane via Sydney on its own metal and lists that connection above its nonstop codeshare partner flights. Again, the difference between the big 3 US global carriers and JetBlue Is that B6 can’t carry a passenger one single mile off the N American continent on its own metal toward the Middle East And the hypocrisy remains that if JetBlue believes it can compete in a global region via its codeshare partners, it has no right whatsoever to complain about access to Mexico City, LaGuardia or JFK if codeshare service on its partners is good… Read more »
Alex Hill
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B6 figures they can get a slice of revenue on some flights via the codeshare, and it’s entirely legal. Why shouldn’t they? They’ve never claimed that a codeshare flight is as profitable as flying their own metal. Own-metal access to MEX is a completely unrelated issue, and there’s nothing hypocritical about wanting access to a city they’re capable of flying too while using a codeshare to win a contract for a city they’re not capable of flying to in the near term. (I admit to having never heard of B6 complaints about MEX access, and can only find one subscriber-only… Read more »
Tim Dunn
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That makes several of us that don’t like the Fly America Act. I agree with the above to either make it meaningful or get rid of it. We can disagree but I believe it is highly relevant that JetBlue chooses to compete in some regions of the world solely with codeshares but then argues against commercial arrangements and historic strengths that the big 3 have and demands that JetBlue be given similar access. Alaska and Southwest haven’t put themselves into the same strategic quandary of trying to compete in international markets for which it cannot serve one mile of the… Read more »
southbay flier
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1) We all know that DL has a pathological hatred of the ME3. I think there is some justification in why they feel the way they do, but they will go after them anyway possible. 2) Has there been a movie about UA 232 and their heroic pilots? I still think it’s the most amazing story of a pilot saving passengers even though not all survived that disaster. Also Clint Eastwood is someone who has a very libertarian view of the world, so I guess it’s not a surprise he made the NTSB into the bad guys even though IMO… Read more »
Josh mane
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Couldn’t agree less. The author is very onpoint

Bill Hough
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I agree with southbay flier that it should be easy to integrate pilot seniority lists based on date of hire but I’ve had pilots try to explain way it is so complicated. It is something you have to take on faith, I guess, since I’m not a pilot and don’t have either the time or interest to understand the issues. As for “Sully,” I thought it was good, although they obviously had to take a few liberties with the story to make the film fit into an interesting 90-minute story. Considering the crap in theaters these days, this movie is… Read more »
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