Cranky on the Web (June 21-25)

Horizon Air Backs Out of California and Into a Box of Its Own MakingBNET
Horizon has made some big schedule changes this past week, and it shows they’re in a corner, trying to figure out what to do to make things work.

Airline Passenger Bumping in U.S. May Be Highest Since 2001Bloomberg
I don’t think this is a big story, but I was quoted regarding the mechanics of overbooking.

Re-Regulation Talk Heats Up, and Airlines Should Think About Supporting ItBNET
Here’s a fun, controversial one. It’s mostly tongue-in-cheek, but the way things are going, the airlines should think about this one.

Virgin America Teams with Klout to Give Freebies to Social Media StarsBNET
I like what Virgin America is doing here to target social media influencers. Smart move.

Regional Airline Association Annual Convention Video
The videos are up from the RAA convention, and here’s my intro speech (about 5 minutes):

If you’d like to know the Tweet that I talk about not responding to, it’s right here.

You can also see part of the panel discussion with Benet Wilson and Mary Kirby here.

Spirit Airlines Loves That You Hate Their Ads (and They Should)BNET
Every time Spirit launches a tacky sale, they’re counting on the media to pick it up and give them free ads. They do, every time.

Virgin Atlantic Says U.S. Authorities Held Passengers on Diverted PlaneBloomberg
Bloomberg has picked up the Virgin Atlantic ground delay story, and they asked me to comment.

Virgin Atlantic’s Three Hour Tarmac Delay Whips Up Irrational AngerBNET
Another long delay and another reaction that doesn’t make sense. *sigh*

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I loved he last line in your BNET article on Spirit’s media presence. Just out of curiosity, does BNET ever give you any flack for being a bit liberal with your sense of humor?


I was bumped going through Denver this week on my return to LHR from SAN – United were very generous, actually – C-class on the next day’s flight and $600 in vouchers.


Cranky, I usually agree with you but allowing airlines to hold people hostage on a hot plane with no air conditioning is crazy. Regulation will not magically fix the problem, but it will encourage the airlines to try harder to fix this problem. Immigration was not even notified of the problem for two and 1/2 hours after the flight landed and BDL has customs facilities and secure areas. A plan to allow passengers off the plane into a secured area could have been worked out with the help of TSA. Other options were to divert to an airport with the… Read more »

David SF eastbay

With AS adding more Hawaii service from Oakland and San Jose, you would almost think they would use Horizon to add service to small cities for some connecting traffic.


We get to hear Cranky’s deep, sexy voice ;)