Alaska Airlines Gives a Number That Helps Explain Why Some US Airlines Love the Middle East Carriers

Alaska Airlines Gives a Number That Helps Explain Why Some US Airlines Love the Middle East Carriers

We’ve seen so much about the fight between the big US and the big Middle East carriers that it’s easy to forget that not every US carrier is behind this effort. There are some US-based airlines that love Middle East airlines and for good reason. Alaska gave a startling statistic …

Congress is Once Again Trying to Re-regulate Airlines While Hiding Behind the Consumer Protection Veil

Congress is Once Again Trying to Re-regulate Airlines While Hiding Behind the Consumer Protection Veil

It’s rather remarkable how often some body in the US government decides to take up an issue related to the airlines. This time, it’s the Minority Staff in the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Office of Oversight and Investigations who have prepared a report for the ranking …

Ontario Airport Gains Its Independence, But Now It Has to Find a Way to Increase Traffic

Ontario Airport Gains Its Independence, But Now It Has to Find a Way to Increase Traffic

I’ve covered the ongoing saga of Ontario Airport here in Southern California for years, and now it looks like we finally have a resolution. The new Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) will be taking over management of the airport from LAWA, the Los Angeles authority that also runs LAX. The …

Republic Cuts Flights Due to a Pilot Shortage, But Is It Placing the Blame in the Right Place?

Republic Cuts Flights Due to a Pilot Shortage, But Is It Placing the Blame in the Right Place?

It used to be that Republic was one of the shining stars in the regional world. These days, however, that doesn’t say much. Regionals all over are having trouble getting enough pilots to fly their airplanes, and Republic is far from immune. In fact, it appears to be having more …

Why Delta Thinks Its New Investment, a Subsidized China Eastern, is Not the Same as a Subsidized Middle East Airline

Why Delta Thinks Its New Investment, a Subsidized China Eastern, is Not the Same as a Subsidized Middle East Airline

When Delta announced that it would take a 3.55 percent stake in China Eastern, I received a bunch of emails saying effectively the same thing. To paraphrase, how can Delta justify investing in the most subsidized Chinese airline while still fighting Emirates/Etihad/Qatar and their subsidies? It sounds hypocritical, for …

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