3 Links I Love: The Only Thing I’ll Say About Leggings, Branson Gets Worse, Sonoma Growth

3 Links I Love: The Only Thing I’ll Say About Leggings, Branson Gets Worse, Sonoma Growth

This week’s featured link:
Why Is Wearing Leggings to the Airport Such a Shameful Thing?Vogue
A few have asked me to comment on this whole stupid kerfuffle where United denied boarding to a couple of pass travelers for wearing leggings (which aren’t allowed per pass travel rules). All … Read the post

A Preview of Southwest’s New Security Checkpoint Opening Monday in Los Angeles

A Preview of Southwest’s New Security Checkpoint Opening Monday in Los Angeles

Anyone who has flown Southwest through Terminal 1 in Los Angeles over the last couple of years knows that it’s been pretty awful. That’s just the nature of having to keep a facility functioning while doing a massive renovation. Things have gotten better behind security, but next week comes the … Read the post

Across the Aisle from IAG CEO Willie Walsh on Why His Long-Haul, Low-Cost Airline Will Work While Others Won’t

Across the Aisle from IAG CEO Willie Walsh on Why His Long-Haul, Low-Cost Airline Will Work While Others Won’t

Yesterday I published the first half of my interview with International Airlines Group CEO Willie Walsh on his new long-haul, low-cost startup Level. Today, we finish it up with his characteristically blunt take on why Level is going to work while other attempts at long-haul, low-cost won’t.

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3 Links I Love: Richard Branson is Sad, Silly Circular Runways, Ridiculous Ratings

3 Links I Love: Richard Branson is Sad, Silly Circular Runways, Ridiculous Ratings

This week’s featured link:
Dear Virgin AmericaRichard Branson’s Virgin Blog
Richard Branson is a sad panda. His weepy goodbye to Virgin America is book-ended with digs at Alaska. That’s pretty crappy since Alaska just made him a whole lot richer. He acts like there was nothing he could … Read the post

Alaska Sticks With Its Own Brand But Learns a Little From Virgin America Before Killing It

Alaska Sticks With Its Own Brand But Learns a Little From Virgin America Before Killing It

The long-awaited branding decision has been made, and as expected, Alaska will be retiring the Virgin America brand in the next couple of years. I had the chance to speak with Alaska’s Chief Commercial Officer and EVP Andrew Harrison as well as VP of Marketing Sangita Woerner yesterday about the … Read the post

Alitalia’s Board Approves Its Unimaginative and Undoubtedly Unsuccessful Restructuring Plan

Alitalia’s Board Approves Its Unimaginative and Undoubtedly Unsuccessful Restructuring Plan

Since January, Alitalia, the worst airline ever, has been hard at work on restructuring plan #1,403 so it can save itself from doom. This took longer than expected, but the plan has now been approved by the Board of Directors. It does indeed sound a lot like the plan Read the post

3 Links I Love: JetBlue Not Happy with Embraers, Delta Reviews Its Refinery, Aircraft Graphic Design

3 Links I Love: JetBlue Not Happy with Embraers, Delta Reviews Its Refinery, Aircraft Graphic Design

This week’s featured link:
JetBlue launches fleet review with E190 cost concernsFlightGlobal
It’s been no secret from past comments that JetBlue isn’t in love with its Embraer 190 fleet, and recent comments show that hasn’t changed. I’d bet if JetBlue could get rid of these things today, it … Read the post

American and United Fight to See Who Can Lose More Money in Small Cities

American and United Fight to See Who Can Lose More Money in Small Cities

With international markets looking weaker for a variety of reasons, the US legacy carriers have turned their focus inward to domestic markets where fewer airlines and less capacity growth makes for a very attractive situation. United in particular, under the steady hand of its new President, has made it clear … Read the post

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