Monthly Archives: May 2019

Who the F*&@ is Ernest?

Someone first mentioned the Italian airline Ernest to me many months ago, and my initial response was… say what? I sat on this, expecting the airline to just quietly disappear. But nay. It has grown, and it’s a fascinating little operator. That is why this is a welcome addition to …

United Bets On TACA As Avianca Flounders

There has been quite the mess unfolding down in Latin America. South America’s second largest airline has been falling apart, and United is stuck right in the middle. To fix this mess, United is going old school; it wants to put the airline in the hands of TACA’s management team. …

50 Hours on Islay (A Cranky Travelogue)

I don’t normally post on Memorial Day, but since this isn’t airline-specific, I thought I’d put it live on a day when people might have time to read this lengthy look at Islay.


After two days of traveling, I had arrived on Islay, ready to take full advantage of the …

Edinburgh Airport and Loganair to Islay (A Cranky Travelogue)

I’m not sure if I was still suffering from a lack of sleep, but there was something about the Edinburgh Airport’s layout that reminded me of Puerto Vallarta as I walked up from the tram.

The L-shaped main terminal building was buzzing as I walked inside. The ticket counters were …

Delta May Now Walk Away From Its Old Tokyo Hub

The big expansion of flights between the US and Tokyo’s close-in Haneda airport is now set. While every airline that applied got something, some fared better than others. Delta is the big winner here, and it received enough slots that it should be able to close its old Narita hub …

Don’t Waste the Effort, Let Air Italy Fail On Its Own

The big three US airlines (American, Delta, and United) have been hammering on the big three Middle East carriers (Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar) for illegal subsidies for many years now. I’ve written about this several times, and I’ve been semi-sympathetic to at least a part of the argument. But recently, …

An Evening in Edinburgh (A Cranky Travelogue)

Since this one isn’t about airlines at all, I’m publishing it as a bonus Wednesday post.

I had been to Edinburgh exactly once before, and it was as a senior in college, twenty years earlier to the month. I looked forward to my one evening there this time, if I …

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