Clipped Wings: Flying — and Not Flying –During COVID-19 (Guest Post)

Clipped Wings: Flying — and Not Flying –During COVID-19 (Guest Post)

You may remember reading about Korry Franke, a now Newark-based 737 pilot who wrote the book 3 Feet to the Left, here on the blog. I reached out to Korry to ask how things were going from a pilot perspective, and he offered to write a column on

Cranky on the Web: A Livestream Tuesday, 39 Questions With Johnny Jet

Cranky on the Web: A Livestream Tuesday, 39 Questions With Johnny Jet

Mondays Live With Skift Airline Weekly
Join me and Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan for a chat about the airlines on TUESDAY at 830a PT. It’ll be live, and you can register here to join. Or you can watch or listen to the replay later.

It’s an awfully-weird …

3 Links I Love: Pan Am R&R Flights, Why Airports Die, A Delta Rumor I Hope Isn’t True

3 Links I Love: Pan Am R&R Flights, Why Airports Die, A Delta Rumor I Hope Isn’t True

This week’s featured link

Flight StatusThe Washington Post Magazine
It’s a long weekend so we all have more time to kill than usual. So, here’s a nice, long piece looking at the flight attendants who flew R&R flights for Pan Am into and out of Vietnam.

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If You’re Going to Fly, Wear a Mask and Stop Expecting Social Distancing

If You’re Going to Fly, Wear a Mask and Stop Expecting Social Distancing

If you spend a lot of time on social media, you’ve likely seen an increasing number of travelers griping about their air travel woes. The general complaint is that airlines are not living up to their promises to allow for social distancing on airplanes. To this I say… if you’re …

Cranky on the Web: A New Cranky Podcast, Summer Predictions, More Refunds

Cranky on the Web: A New Cranky Podcast, Summer Predictions, More Refunds

Cranky Talk Episode 1 – The Phantom Refunds
We’ve been tinkering with expanding podcasting, and this week we’ve launched our very first consumer-focused Cranky Talk. We decided to start with a short look at the refund issue, and we’re already working on our second episode. You can listen below, by …

3 Links I Love: A 5 Year Recovery, Mitsubishi Hurting, Ryanair Denies Airbus

3 Links I Love: A 5 Year Recovery, Mitsubishi Hurting, Ryanair Denies Airbus

This week’s featured link

COVID-19 Outlook for air travel in the next 5 yearsIATA
This presentation has all kinds of interesting tidbits around how IATA came to the conclusion that the industry will go back to normal in 3 to 5 years, lagging the rest of the economy. …

When Agencies Make Up Rules and Deny Refunds (Tales From the Field)

When Agencies Make Up Rules and Deny Refunds (Tales From the Field)

Today, I bring you a very special edition of Tales From the Field. What makes it so special? Well, today’s story has nothing to do with a Cranky Concierge client; it happened to us directly. The villian in today’s tale is Chase Ultimate Rewards, powered by Expedia, but you should …

Delta, United Schedule Half as Much Flying as American in June

Delta, United Schedule Half as Much Flying as American in June

Over the weekend, Delta and United filed their June schedules, and again, I dove into Diio by Cirium data to see how things look. Compared to the American filing from last week, United and Delta look pretty conservative. Here’s a comparison between the three.

United’s Short-Sighted Efforts to Preserve Cash at All Costs

United’s Short-Sighted Efforts to Preserve Cash at All Costs

Of all airlines, United has by far had the most dire predictions for the arc of the COVID-19 pandemic. President Scott Kirby rightly set the tone early by sounding alarms when others thought it could still just be a quick economic dip. We now know that this is going to …

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