2018 Flying Summary

2018 Flying Summary

I said I was going to leave North America in 2018, but that didn’t happen.  For a variety of reasons (many work-related), I had to scrap trips that I had planned.  In the end, I was left with another really weak year of travel.  Let’s start with the anemic visual, … Read the post

Airlines We Lost 2018

Airlines We Lost 2018

As we wind toward the end of the year, it is time to take a look back on what we’ve lost in 2018. Dozens of airlines failed this year, and that’s not a surprise. Not all of them were beloved, but they should still be honored for giving it their … Read the post

There is a Reason United’s Purchase of ExpressJet is So Complicated

There is a Reason United’s Purchase of ExpressJet is So Complicated

The news started rolling in on Tuesday. United would be purchasing regional-operator ExpressJet from its current parent company SkyWest, but this is no ordinary purchase. It’s a very complex transaction that has United only acquiring a minority stake in a shell company that will be majority-owned by a separate, secretive … Read the post

Delta’s New Boarding Process Makes It Seem Like The Airline Has Nothing Better To Do

Delta’s New Boarding Process Makes It Seem Like The Airline Has Nothing Better To Do

Sometimes it just feels like Delta has run out of important things to spend time working on. Last week’s announcement of a change in the way boarding will be done starting January 23 seems like something that really didn’t need to happen. To hear Delta talk about it, you’d think … Read the post

Delta Continues to School Other Airlines on How to Take Your Money (and Miles)

Delta Continues to School Other Airlines on How to Take Your Money (and Miles)

In American’s most recent earnings call, CEO Doug Parker lamented his airline’s ability to do what Delta does. More specifically he said:

…[Delta is] doing a better job than we can today of making sure this sell-up activity is available to the customers. They

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Southwest Prepares for Battle in California With Fare Cuts (Analysis – Part 2)

Southwest Prepares for Battle in California With Fare Cuts (Analysis – Part 2)

Welcome back to the second part of a look at Southwest’s pricing changes in intra-California markets.  If you missed the dynamics that led to this change yesterday, I’d recommend heading over to the post first.  Now, we’re going to look at the numbers. Thanks to Henry Harteveldt at Atmosphere … Read the post

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