3 Links I Love: A Lower Cost Virgin Atlantic (or Not), California Pacific’s Lack of Progress, AvGeeks to North Korea

3 Links I Love: A Lower Cost Virgin Atlantic (or Not), California Pacific’s Lack of Progress, AvGeeks to North Korea

This week’s featured link(s):
Virgin Atlantic considers new low-cost Gatwick offshootRoutes News
No new Virgin Atlantic sub-brand comingWandering Aramean
How do you counter a money-losing low cost carrier that seems hell-bent on growing like crazy? (That’s you, Norwegian.) Apparently you have to slash your costs if …

Alaska’s Chief Commercial Officer Goes Across the Aisle on California, Loyalty Programs, and Domestic Partners (Part 2)

Alaska’s Chief Commercial Officer Goes Across the Aisle on California, Loyalty Programs, and Domestic Partners (Part 2)

Welcome back to the second half of my interview with Andrew Harrison, Alaska’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. Yesterday we talked about the genesis of the Virgin America merger, why Alaska was willing to pay so much for it to happen, and how it is going to …

Alaska’s Chief Commercial Officer Goes Across the Aisle to Talk About The Virgin America Merger (Part 1)

Alaska’s Chief Commercial Officer Goes Across the Aisle to Talk About The Virgin America Merger (Part 1)

It was only a couple weeks ago that Alaska Airlines announced it would be acquiring Virgin America, and like you, I’m full of questions. So I was pretty pleased when Alaska reached out to see if I’d be interested in doing an Across the Aisle interview with Andrew Harrison, Executive …

3 Links I Love: Norwegian Air International Gets Approved, United Settles Its Board Fight, A Play About a Crash

3 Links I Love: Norwegian Air International Gets Approved, United Settles Its Board Fight, A Play About a Crash

Approving Norwegian Air International will create thousands of new U.S. jobsThe Hill
Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos had a op-ed talking about just how great it is that after several years, Norwegian Air International has finally been approved. Bjorn gives a long list of why all the bad things …

JetBlue’s Mint Expansion Could Be a Watershed Moment in True Premium Cabin Flying Around the US

JetBlue’s Mint Expansion Could Be a Watershed Moment in True Premium Cabin Flying Around the US

Conventional wisdom in the US is that there is a ton of demand for international-style paid premium cabin offerings between New York and both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Anywhere else? Meh, not so much. JetBlue’s expansion of its Mint premium cabin to a whole slew of new routes bucks …

American, Delta, and United Have Tweaked Their Multi-City Pricing Problem and It’s Now Even More Confusing

American, Delta, and United Have Tweaked Their Multi-City Pricing Problem and It’s Now Even More Confusing

It’s been a couple of weeks since I awarded American, Delta, and United a Cranky Jackass Award for blocking most fares from pricing on multi-city trips. Since that time, they’ve all been tweaking their fares and rules furiously. United appears to have backed off the most while American has been …

Cranky on the Web: New Airlines in Small Cities, More Alaska/Virgin America, Multi City Fares

Cranky on the Web: New Airlines in Small Cities, More Alaska/Virgin America, Multi City Fares

Cranky on the Web
Growth in flights at YNG bucks US trendsYoungstown Vindicator
Youngstown is getting a new airline to fly to Chicago. I spoke to the reporter extensively about how this is doomed, though of course only bits and pieces made the final cut.

Alaska Air seeks California edge with Virgin

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!