The long-awaited day has finally arrived. After years of begging Air France/KLM to give it more money, Alitalia has finally shifted its glances in a different direction. The perennially-struggling airline has announced that Etihad will pour in a bunch of money and own just shy of half of Alitalia. … Read the post
American’s new 777-300 planes bring luxury to long overseas flights – Ft Worth Star-Telegram
I was asked to comment on American’s spiffy business class on the 777-300ER and what people really want when it comes to the premium cabin.
I spent three days with Hawaiian Airlines this week talking to execs and flying around (posts will follow, of course), but there was one thing that struck me. On Hawaiian’s new regional operation, ‘Ohana, each aircraft has an ukulele onboard that anyone can ask to play. As you can see, … Read the post
It’s been a few years since we’ve had a contentious airport battle here in my hometown of Long Beach, and I’m sure you’ve missed all the combativeness, right? After all, the anti-airport folks had finally jumped on board the plan for the new concourse, and it turned out great. Everyone … Read the post
Last week, I wrote about the first 3 of my 4 flights to get to and from Dallas for American’s Annual Leadership Conference. Once I got back to Phoenix for my last flight home, things fell apart quickly. Airplanes break, but this was a great example of how a … Read the post
We may not have seen a lot of airlines start in the US over the last decade, but there’s one particular niche that has seen far more than its fair share. It is the all-business class airline that has captured the imagination of many a dreamer. There’s just one problem. … Read the post
Long Beach Airport’s interim director embraces challenge – Orange County Register
Long Beach lost its airport director recently and a sub has stepped in. I was asked to comment on the future of JetBlue in Long Beach. While I don’t see the airline leaving, if new leadership steps in, you … Read the post
The time has come once again for the annual Crankyspotting Dorkfest at LAX. Mark your calendars for September 13.
For those who don’t know how this works, it’s pretty simple. This isn’t a fancy event. Come to the In ‘n Out by LAX (easily reached … Read the post
American had its very first Annual Leadership Conference under the new management this month, and since they didn’t have a media day this year (it’s returning next year), they invited some of us in the media to attend. Unfortunately, part of the deal was that we couldn’t report on what … Read the post
Whether you like it or not, you have to admit that Delta went out on a limb when it decided to let people earn miles based on the amount of money they spent instead of the number of miles they flew. Sure, other less complex airlines had done it, but … Read the post
The talk about pilot shortages seems to have run its course in traditional media. After all, there’s not much more to say right? There’s a pilot shortage coming and we’re all doomed. How often can you say the same thing over and over again? (Don’t answer that, CNN.) But of … Read the post
Airlines vie for federally subsidized routes in Mississippi – Watchdog.org
This is a piece talking about Mississippi airports trying to maintain their Essential Air Service options.