This Week on BNET (Sep 29 – Oct 3)

BNET, Delays/Cancellations, Delta, Government Regulation, Mergers/Finance, Northwest

Delta Adds First Class to New York Shuttle Flights
Delta will reconfigure its Washington-New York-Boston Shuttle fleet to have First Class seating. This isn’t all about the customer experience.

Why I Didn’t Write About Delta and Northwest Approving the Merger
Delta and Northwest approved their merger last week, but there is still one more big hurdle. What is it and when will it happen?

Global Airline Traffic Slows in August
August numbers are out, and international air traffic continues to slow even at a faster pace than capacity. It may be time to cut capacity again.

SCASDP Grants Have Been Awarded
Remember SCASDP week over on BNET? Well, the grants have been awarded, and I didn’t exactly pick them as well as I would have liked. See which ones made the cut.

New York Airspace Redesign Reading
The airspace in the Northeast corridor is a huge cause of delays. Everyone is trying to tackle the problem, and here’s a nice long piece of reading to keep you busy over the weekend.

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3 comments on “This Week on BNET (Sep 29 – Oct 3)

  1. I believe the shuttles will be the first to get the ax if thing get any tighter regardless of perks.. I cannot imagine these short jaunts being very fuel efficient. In additions with people so fed up with flying, people might just opt for the train instead. Amtrak NE corridor is the only profitable route for them.

  2. Question for Cranky:
    “Global Airline Traffic Slows” – what is the status thus far with domestic flights?
    I live in TUS and flight selection is returning to the bronze standard of the late 1990’s. PHX is now a viable alternative even with the plus 100 mile drive.

    Are we now experiencing the beginning of a crunch? I would take a direct on a Q400 anytime now!

    Many thanks,

  3. James H – Well, airlines have dramatically cut flights domestically so traffic has to be down. Look at United in September, for example. In North America, available seat miles are down nearly 11% year over year in the US with revenue passenger miles down around 9%. So, as flights get cut, smaller cities are going to see bigger impacts than larger ones in terms of connectivity. TUS has been hit hard with the loss of New York service from two airlines. More may be on the way, but now it’s not the price of fuel that’s hurting things. It’s the slowing demand that may be on the horizon.

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