Cranky on the Web (October 21 – 25)

Cranky Analysis: Southwest’s Rising Fares Have Benefited Competitors Big and SmallPlaneBusiness 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.

Single Engine Airplanes are Safe…as Long as the Engine Doesn’t FailConde Nast Daily Traveler
Mokulele landed an airplane on a highway in Maui, and that brought up the question of whether or not single engine operations are safe. (Yes.)

In the Trenches: Trusting Your PeopleIntuit Small Business Blog
My vacation in Maui was much more relaxing this year since I had a solid team behind me, keeping me from needing to do much work while I was gone.

Why U.S. Airlines Can’t Make Flights to Tokyo’s Best Airport WorkConde Nast Daily Traveler
Another Haneda flight has failed with American canceling its flight from JFK. Why can’t US airlines make Haneda flights work?

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Most connecting flights from Haneda are to domestic destinations while most international connections are via Narita.


I had been wondering for a while why there were no overnight West Coast–Japan flights, since timing is ideal — leave late at night (can connect from anywhere in the U.S.) and arrive in Japan early in the morning. I understand part of the problem was that flights couldn’t land in Narita very early (see Cranky’s reply to my comment on his post from 2010-02-05). Now with Haneda I see there is a single overnight flight from LAX, operated by ANA, but Delta from LAX and JAL from SFO are evening flights, arriving very late. I wonder if it wouldn’t… Read more »

David SF eastbay

People worry about single engine planes but don’t think about how many times their single engine car fails. And since there must be more single engines flying around then multi engines aircraft, it’s not like it’s a problem that happens all the time.

David SF eastbay

HND from the states seems to be arriving there with no connections but flying out of HND and to/from the US gateway connections don’t see to be no problems.