Cranky on the Web (December 7 – 13)

Consumers can expect gradual changes after American Airlines mergerFt Worth Star Telegram
I was asked what might change after the merger. The comment of mine they used was about the operation.

What does American Airlines merger with US Airways mean for Los Angeles?Daily Breeze
I talked a little about what I’d expect to happen in LA after the merger.

In the Trenches: Being Honest With ClientsIntuit Small Business Blog
Last week was incredibly busy with two of us out at the same time (not on purpose). We did our best to cope.

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“Why are we running these flights to smaller cities like El Paso and Albuquerque?” — Well, Southwest serves these routes on bigger planes and with higher frequency, suggesting that the demand may be there.

Then again, some of the Southwest passengers may be going to Dallas, and will be able to fly non-stop shortly.


I can pretty much guarantee that some of those Southwest passengers are going to DAL. I know, because I’ve had to make the stopover in both ELP and ABQ on my way to/from LAX and SAN over the past couple of years. Then again, it doesn’t make much sense for AA to compete on connecting service through ELP and ABQ when they can offer nonstops to DFW, so maybe the demand really is there.

David SF eastbay
David SF eastbay

I don’t care for the new AA livery and US doesn’t have anything worth keeping. Maybe a whole new one is needed so neither carriers employees can feel like they lost out in the deal.


Albuquerque and El Paso are fairly large cities (especially Albuquerque). It might make more sense to serve Santa Fe from Phoenix (and maybe DFW). But being ignorant of the financial performance of those routes, All I can do is speculate and give an opinion, which, along with five dollars or so, will buy you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.