Monthly Archives: April 2008

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For the two of you who actually raised your hand, you might need to seek some professional help. If not, you’ll be happy to know that in addition to Cranky, I’m now going to …

Don’t Blame the MD-80 For This Mess

There’s no question that American has done an absolutely terrible job of managing the latest round of MD-80 maintenance issues from a PR perspective. It’s been so bad, that I’ve seen articles start to question the MD-80 as an airplane, even though there’s no reason for them to do so. …

Random Bits of Info: Fighting, Grounding, Delaying, and Dying Edition

We’ve got a lot going on today, so without further adieu ado, let’s get started.

  • Southwest and the FAA Fighting – If you haven’t heard, there’s been a steel cage match in Washington lately. In one corner, we have Rep Oberstar breathing fire and brimstone. In another corner, we have

JetBlue Won’t Let You Use Credits Online

My fiancee and I were supposed to fly JetBlue in February, but our trip plans changed. I had them move the fare amount into a credit, minus the change fee, knowing I’d use it some other day.

That day came this week, and guess what? Using your credit on JetBlue …

Heathrow Terminal 5 After The Dust Settles

A friend of mine who frequently flies out of London/Heathrow wrote to me recently and wondered why my coverage had been so light on the new Terminal 5. I guess I was just waiting to see when things calmed down. I mean, everyone has been talking about how horrible the …

$25 to Check a Second Bag, United Tightens the Rules

So, it now looks like most legacy carriers have adopted the $25 fee for checking a second bag. Though United originally carved out some high fare customers from paying the second fee, most other airlines did not. Of course, seeing an opportunity for a little more revenue, United has now …

Skybus Shutdown Completes This Week’s Hat Trick

Seriously, this is getting ridiculous. Monday it’s Aloha, Thursday it’s ATA, and now Saturday it’s Skybus. The airline flew its final flight last night, and now all the shiny new Airbii (um, let’s just pretend like that’s the plural of Airbus) are grounded. I think I speak for everyone who …

An ATA Obituary

It’s kind of strange writing an obituary for ATA right now. I mean, it’s like it happened in slow motion even though it actually happened very quickly. I guess technically it started a couple years ago, but things really sped up month when I posted about their decision to shed

ATA Shuts Down Immediately

The rumors started swirling yesterday, and it was confirmed overnight. ATA is shutting down effective this morning. They lost their military contract, and so they’re done. I’ll have more on this tomorrow (my regular post here today will be up soon). If you were booked on them, try to get …

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