Cranky on the Web (July 12-16)

Allegiant, American, BNET, British Airways, Fares, Government Regulation, Iberia, JetBlue, Mergers/Finance, US Airways

Strong June Traffic Means It’s Time For Airlines to Raise Airfares — CautiouslyBNET
Continued strong traffic numbers mean airfares are going to continue on the march. But airlines need to be careful not to go too high. Huh?

US Airways Shows Stellar Operational Improvement, but Nobody Knows ItBNET
US Airways has really done wonders for its operation and that’s great, but nobody else knows about it. They need to work on that.

How JetBlue Tends To Its BrandBNET
There was a good interview with JetBlue SVP Marty St George about how JetBlue focuses on its brand.

A road trip is a great way to tell a person’s story, as The Cranky Flier provesBudget Travel
Sean over at Budget Travel had a great review of my newly-released book.

Why Allegiant Shuffles Airports in Ways Most Airlines Wouldn’t DareBNET
Allegiant is switching its Idaho Falls flights from LAX to Long Beach. Seems strange, but there is a method to the madness.

American, oneworld Step Closer to Legitimacy with EU ApprovalsBNET
The EU has approved the American and BA joint venture along with the BA and Iberia merger.

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7 comments on “Cranky on the Web (July 12-16)

  1. It sounds like Allegiant moves things around a lot if that is what they need to do and with very little notice. I’m assuming that must be the reason their website doesn’t have a formal timetable. For an airline the flys a couple of times a week between cities a timetable would sure make it helpful for people to see when they fly. But moving things around a lot wouldn’t make for having a planned published timetable.

    1. I doubt a published time schedule is something that Allegiant’s core customer would even us. Its probably not worth the costs to assemble, let alone publish it in their mind.

  2. On your Allegiant story, today’s paper had a story about Stockton Airport and how traffic is up thanks to Allegiant. It said their 7 weekly flights to Las Vegas are 90pct full and their 3 flights a week to Long Beach are only 63pct full. That number is lower then expected, but is increasing.

    Is it known if Allegiant normally has a low load factor in the beginning of service, or are they just using these flights to hold that LGB slots like was mentioned. Seems that a low-low cost carrier would need more then 63pct to make money if they were serious about flying a certain route.

    1. I think the Stockton-LGB market was bound to have low loads. Their intra-California service traditionally hasn’t done very well. (LAX-Monterey disappeared very, very quickly.) I still think these are just slot-holding flights, but I don’t know that from any source.

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