Feds Inflict Far Less Pain on Continental and United Than Attempted with the US Airways/Delta Slot Swap

Feds Inflict Far Less Pain on Continental and United Than Attempted with the US Airways/Delta Slot Swap

In the immortal words of Dennis Hopper (rest in peace, you crazy bastard) . . . pop quiz, hotshot. Let’s say that you’ve been presented three deals impacting the most dominant airline at a highly-congested airport. You can approve one. Which would it be? Here’s what the airport will look … Read the post

David Neeleman on What’s Wrong with JetBlue and How to Fix It (Across the Aisle, Part 3)

David Neeleman on What’s Wrong with JetBlue and How to Fix It (Across the Aisle, Part 3)

And now, it’s time to talk JetBlue. When I read a recent article where David Neeleman talked about JetBlue, I thought he sounded bitter, so I had to ask. It’s clear that he’s still bugged by what happened at JetBlue, and as a shareholder, he wants to see things change. … Read the post

David Neeleman on Azul’s Decision to Use Embraers and ATR Turboprops (Across the Aisle, Part 2)

David Neeleman on Azul’s Decision to Use Embraers and ATR Turboprops (Across the Aisle, Part 2)

Welcome back for part two of my talk with David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue and now current founder and CEO of Azul in Brazil. Yesterday in part one, we talked about starting up an airline in fast-growing Brazil, and some of the challenges involved. Today the focus is on … Read the post

David Neeleman on Building an Airline in Fast-Growing Brazil (Across the Aisle, Part 1)

David Neeleman on Building an Airline in Fast-Growing Brazil (Across the Aisle, Part 1)

I had the pleasure of speaking with David Neeleman last week on a variety of subjects. David is best known for founding JetBlue, an airline which effectively fired him after the operational melt down on that cold wintry Valentine’s Day weekend back in 2007. After that, he went down … Read the post

Qatar Airways on Codesharing and Competition (Across the Aisle, Part Two)

Qatar Airways on Codesharing and Competition (Across the Aisle, Part Two)

Yesterday in part one of my discussion with Qatar Airways Senior VP of the America Tony Hughes, we were just getting warmed up. Today in part two, we get right into the meaty issues of codesharing and competition.

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Cranky: Middle Eastern carriers tend to … Read the post

Discussing Qatar Airways Strategy, and How to Pronounce Its Name (Across the Aisle, Part One)

Discussing Qatar Airways Strategy, and How to Pronounce Its Name (Across the Aisle, Part One)

I had the chance to speak with Qatar Across the Aisle from Qatar AirwaysAirways’ Tony Hughes recently and had a fascinating conversation. Tony is the Senior VP for the Americas, so he runs the show here in the western hemisphere.

I started with most basic question – how do you … Read the post

Cranky Concierge Adds Small Business Program, More Discounts, and Our Newest Concierge

Cranky Concierge Adds Small Business Program, More Discounts, and Our Newest Concierge

I haven’t written about Cranky Concierge much here lately, but things have been going quite well. We’ve just finished a banner week where we followed near 50 people heading to a conference, we’ve added more discounts for clients, we’ve made some website changes, and, what I’m most excited about, we’ve … Read the post

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