Cranky on the Web (June 11 – 15)

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Mythbusting: What an Airline Means When It Says its Plane Left On TimeConde Nast Daily Traveler
There’s a lot of talk about schedule padding this week. Here’s a little clarity on why it happens.

Photos: Inside Disney’s New California Adventure and Cars LandConde Nast Daily Traveler
I went off topic for a second CN post this week. I had the chance to go to a sneak preview of the new Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. The whole park is just so much better with all the changes that have been made.

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2 comments on “Cranky on the Web (June 11 – 15)

  1. The one thing about reading stories and replied comments is hearing what some reporter believes and how travelers react to these stories and what they think. But until you have worked for an airline you don’t really know the reason behind so many things in the airline world.

    It’s reading blogs/stories from people who have or are working in that industry do people learn what’s real and what is just someone trying to get ratings or readers and stirring things up.

    And you are right about airlines not wanting you to miss your connection just like a grocery store doesn’t really want to be out of corn flakes just to tick you off or yeah Disneyland really wants Space Mountain to break down so they can turn riders away and make them mad.

  2. Airlines DO NOT hold connections for various reasons, yes, I agree. But, is cost what drives it or that the airline LOOKS GOOD for the DOT statistics that are published monthly for ON TIME PERFORMANCE?

    In most cases, the airlines could hold flights at the end of the night, the last bank of flights from major hubs. They’re doing one flight and the plane terminates for the night. They do NOT hold these nights as well. On time stats trump missed connects. Until the DOT starts keeping statistics on mis-connects, that’s one less reason to hold the plane.

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