Cranky on the Web (October 4-8)

AirTran, American, BNET, British Airways, Iberia, SkyTeam, Southwest

How the SkyTeam Alliance Became a Rehab Center for Global AirlinesBNET Headwinds
SkyTeam has picked up some of the more questionable names in the airline world, but it might be a great strategy.

How the Southwest-AirTran Merger Creates a Labor ProblemBNET Headwinds
The Southwest-AirTran merger presents an interesting problem. What can Southwest offer to labor to make this merger interesting?

Delta’s ScottEVest Ad Rejection Turns into PR BlunderBNET Headwinds
It’s just a vest, but the company owner is turning it into a David versus Goliath story. It doesn’t seem correct to me, but he’s winning the PR battle.

Antitrust Immunity Enables New British Airways, American Airlines, and Iberia FlightsBNET Headwinds
The joint venture between American, British Airways, and Iberia is now in effect, and the airlines are celebrating by launching new routes.

Antitrust Immunity Deals: How U.S. Airlines Avoid Foreign Ownership RestrictionsBNET Headwinds
My editor at BNET asked me why all these antitrust deals were happening in this industry. The answer? Foreign ownership rules.

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