Ever since the US Airways days, the current American management team has been completely and totally focused on building service in hubs and only in hubs. That has frustrated many, especially those in logical spokes that could benefit from more service. This is finally starting to change, if ever-so-slightly. Today, … Read the post
United’s Scott Kirby Finally Gets a CEO Job: Now What? – Skift
Brian Sumers asked me about my experiences with Scott when he was running revenue management, and I was a pricing analyst and, eventually, manager. I’ll have much more to say about this change in management next week.
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Alitalia set for €400mn gov’t bailout after talks collapse – ch-aviation
Nobody wants to rescue Alitalia, so the burden has now fallen back on to the government. That sound you hear is another 400 million euros going down the drain at the Worst Airline Ever.… Read the post
There are some things in the world that I just don’t understand, and one of those things is blockchain. I mean, I get it technically, but I find myself stuck on figuring out how it actually fits into the world of air travel in a meaningful way. Even though I … Read the post
Walking through Allegiant’s recent investor presentation is like walking through an alternate universe. For years, Allegiant was known as an airline with poor operational performance and widely-reported safety concerns. Now, however, Allegiant is looking like an operations machine. The hard part is going to be changing customer perception.
Yes, you are being asked if you want travel insurance more often – Marketplace
It was a quick one minute story for Marketplace on the rise of travel insurance. Sometimes it’s worth having, sometimes it’s not. But as I note in the piece, it is quite lucrative for those who … Read the post
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CANADA JETLINES LTD. and : CANADA JETLINES OPERATIONS LTD. v. DAVID NEELEMAN, DGN CORPORATION : and BREEZE AVIATION GROUP, INC. – United States District Court
Jetlines says David Neeleman stole Lukas Johnson — then Jetlines’s CEO — and called banks to prevent Jetlines from getting funding. … Read the post
Last week, I mentioned how the good people at Hahn Air asked me to be the first passenger to fly on a reservation ticketed via blockchain. Unfortunately, this turned into a giant mess. I suppose I could try to blame KLM for the delay or my children for passing … Read the post
Travelers have always preferred Tokyo’s Haneda Airport over Narita, but artificial restrictions that prevented most international flights from operating at Haneda forced airlines to fly to Narita for all flights to/from North America for years. Those restrictions have slowly been eroded, and the next big tranche of new international slots … Read the post