Monthly Archives: November 2006

Delta Fights US Airways with SSIM Files

holygrailWhen Delta announced new nonstop flights between New York/JFK and US Airways’ hometown of Phoenix the day after US Airways announced its takeover intentions, it seemed like a coincidence to me. After today’s events though, I’m starting to get suspicious.

This evening, shortly after the US Airways team made their …

The New United.com

I’ve actually been meaning to write about this for awhile, but for some reason it kept getting pushed into the corner and I’m just dusting it off now.

After a short period of beta testing, United has now integrated the new version of its booking engine onto its site. This

Large and In Charge (and Cramped)

fatIt probably won’t come as a shock to anyone that people have grown wider in the last 50 years. Now there’s research to prove it, but is it really that big of a deal for the airline industry?

SizeUK performed the survey on behalf of First Choice, a UK based

BA Finds Radiation on 2 767s

I don’t know if you’ve been following the Russian spy saga that has been unfolding in the UK, but it has been fascinating. Now there’s an aviation angle that makes this even more James Bond-like.

The backstory here is that Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian KGB agent, was poisoned with …

Open Seating – Having a Choice is Nice

Some people love open seating on aircraft while others hate it. It’s truly a polarizing issue.

Look at Southwest, for example. The granddaddy of open seating has stuck with their strategy for over 30 years. Many airlines have seen it as a negative, so they’ve tried to exploit it. In …

Palmdale is NOT the Answer

I’m not quite sure why it is that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa thinks that Palmdale is the answer to LA’s aviation needs. One quick look at a map will show you why it’s not going to work:

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That line snaking from downtown LA to Palmdale is 70 miles long, …

The Disaster That is Brazil

I’m not sure how many of you are following the aviation scene in Brazil these days, but there have been plenty of developments related to the Gol 737 crash that are enough to frighten anyone.

For those who don’t remember, back on September 29, a Embraer business jet clipped a …

The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

Ah, Thanksgiving. It’s easily my favorite holiday of the year. I’ve been stuffing myself over the last few days to keep myself in top shape for the big meal today.

But for the traveler, there is another reason to love Thanksgiving. Since 1998, my friend Robert Stack has issued his …

Thank You, Southwest

high fiveHey, remember that whole anti-trust post yesterday? Yeah, well, it may have just gotten a little easier for US Airways.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Southwest has told Delta and US Airways that they would be more than happy to buy any assets that they would sell them …

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