2017 Flying Summary

2017 Flying Summary

There’s no question 2016 was a bad year for flying for me, but 2017 was so much better. The only thing 2017 lacked was a long haul trip. I surprised myself when I looked back to find that I haven’t left North America since May 2015. That’s going to change … Read the post

Airlines We Lost 2017

Airlines We Lost 2017

It is that time once again where I pause to remember all the airlines that flew off into the desert this year, never to take to the skies again. It’s a motley group this time around, though several have ties to Etihad, the former king of handouts to failing airlines. … Read the post

3 Links I Love: Idiocy in Kansas City, The Supersonic Dilemma, Another 747 Tribute

3 Links I Love: Idiocy in Kansas City, The Supersonic Dilemma, Another 747 Tribute

This week’s featured link:
Now what? KC Council’s airport vote creates chaos and betrays votersThe Kansas City Star
Do you hate local government? Here’s a story for you. If you recall, the good people of Kansas City overwhelming approved the new airport terminal, finally. But guess what? The … Read the post

My Life on a 747

My Life on a 747

As anyone who happens to be flying to or through Atlanta this week knows, it has not been a good week for Delta. The Sunday power outage in Atlanta forced airlines to cancel hundreds of flights and put holiday travel plans in limbo. Since it was an Atlanta problem, Delta … Read the post

Wondering How Sun Country is Going to Make Its New Owners A Lot of Money

Wondering How Sun Country is Going to Make Its New Owners A Lot of Money

Last week Sun Country was sold by the Davis brothers to funds managed by private-equity-giant Apollo. Apollo isn’t in this just to be nice. It wants to make money. Now, I find myself trying to figure out just how that’s going to actually happen.

Sun … Read the post

3 Links I Love: Horizon Stabilizes, Delta Flight Attendant Reality Show, Canada Retaliates

3 Links I Love: Horizon Stabilizes, Delta Flight Attendant Reality Show, Canada Retaliates

This week’s featured link:
Horizon Air operations stabilize as crisis abatesThe Seattle Times
It’s good to see a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel for Horizon, but this is far from over. Next year, instead of the growth Horizon promised, it’s just going to … Read the post

Trump Gets Tough on the Middle East Airlines… Or Possibly Not

Trump Gets Tough on the Middle East Airlines… Or Possibly Not

If you saw the news earlier this week that President Trump had addressed the gulf carrier subsidy issue, you could be forgiven for being extremely confused. What happened was reported in very different ways depending upon the interpretation, so you ended up seeing headlines like these:

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easyJet Makes Its Move on Berlin

easyJet Makes Its Move on Berlin

When airberlin finally went under, there was a great deal of concern that Lufthansa would pick up all the pieces and leave Germany without any serious competition. Fear not, competition-lovers. The good people of easyJet have other plans. And they aren’t waiting around – new service starts in early January.… Read the post

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