We’re now less than a month away from opening arguments in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) antitrust case trying to prevent American and US Airways from merging, and the rumors are ramping up that a settlement is being discussed. The closer we get to the trial date, the higher … Read the post
Last weekend it was time for another trip to Phoenix, but this time it was for a festive event – my brother’s wedding. The kids kept us up at all hours of the night during the weekend itself, but they were angels on the flights. Go figure. The flights themselves … Read the post
If you’re not already a member of JetBlue’s TrueBlue frequent flier program, you might have missed the airline’s announcement that it will allow the pooling of points between family members. This is a nice benefit, particularly for infrequent fliers.
The program itself is fairly loose … Read the post
Cranky Analysis: Southwest’s Rising Fares Have Benefited Competitors Big and Small – PlaneBusiness Banter – $Subscription Required$
In this month’s PlaneBusiness column, I take a look at Southwest’s fares over the last decade. They have gone up A LOT, even when you include ancillaries for the other airlines.
American has thrown in the towel on its JFK to Tokyo/Haneda flight and will be handing the slots back. So far, there are two airlines that are interested. United wants to fly from SFO (it has none to Haneda today) while Hawaiian wants to fly from Kona (it flies from … Read the post
Anyone here flown Norwegian yet? If not, you’re going to have plenty of opportunity. Norwegian has stepped up its efforts to become the first airline to be a successful long haul, low cost carrier with a slew of new service to the US. I really want this to work, but … Read the post
Something very unusual (and excellent) came out of Europe this week. Though some taxes were increased in the annual budgeting process, Ireland decided to scrap its air travel tax entirely. The idea is that they want to stimulate more flights to come into the country, and eliminating the tax … Read the post
For many years, Delta and United had very different operational strategies for Asia. United long ago shifted from focusing on its Tokyo hub to overflying Tokyo to points beyond thanks to the strength of its San Francisco hub. Delta never had that key west coast gateway, so it continued to … Read the post
With my wife’s maternity leave from her job coming to an end, and a couple of unused United MileagePlus tickets sitting around (didn’t want to pay the $150 redeposit fee), we decided it was time to take a little trip. Of course, with two little kids, there aren’t a lot … Read the post