United’s Network Planning Chief Tells Me Whether Los Angeles is Still a Hub (Across the Aisle)

United’s Network Planning Chief Tells Me Whether Los Angeles is Still a Hub (Across the Aisle)

Update 9/27 at 412p PT: In a true coincidence, I’m told that Brian is no longer with United as of today.

In August, I proclaimed that while Los Angeles was still a focus city for United, it was no longer a hub thanks to the … Read the post

Across the Aisle from Phoenix Aviation Director Jim Bennett on International Service, Terminal Projects, and the TSA

Across the Aisle from Phoenix Aviation Director Jim Bennett on International Service, Terminal Projects, and the TSA

While I was in Phoenix for this year’s symposium, I had the chance to sit with the new Aviation Director in town, Jim Bennett. Jim was at Phoenix many years ago before he went on to DC and eventually Abu Dhabi. Now he’s returned. I initially was going to … Read the post

Alaska’s Chief Commercial Officer Goes Across the Aisle on California, Loyalty Programs, and Domestic Partners (Part 2)

Alaska’s Chief Commercial Officer Goes Across the Aisle on California, Loyalty Programs, and Domestic Partners (Part 2)

Welcome back to the second half of my interview with Andrew Harrison, Alaska’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. Yesterday we talked about the genesis of the Virgin America merger, why Alaska was willing to pay so much for it to happen, and how it is going to … Read the post

Alaska’s Chief Commercial Officer Goes Across the Aisle to Talk About The Virgin America Merger (Part 1)

Alaska’s Chief Commercial Officer Goes Across the Aisle to Talk About The Virgin America Merger (Part 1)

It was only a couple weeks ago that Alaska Airlines announced it would be acquiring Virgin America, and like you, I’m full of questions. So I was pretty pleased when Alaska reached out to see if I’d be interested in doing an Across the Aisle interview with Andrew Harrison, Executive … Read the post

CEO of Turkish Airlines Goes Across the Aisle To Discuss Gulf Carriers and Partnerships (Part 2)

CEO of Turkish Airlines Goes Across the Aisle To Discuss Gulf Carriers and Partnerships (Part 2)

On Tuesday, I posted part 1 of my conversation with Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines. Today we finish that discussion.

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Cranky: You’re not in the Gulf region, but you’re often compared to the Gulf carriers. Very high growth but very different home … Read the post

Across the Aisle from the CEO of Turkish Airlines About Tremendous Growth and Airport Constraints (Part 1)

Across the Aisle from the CEO of Turkish Airlines About Tremendous Growth and Airport Constraints (Part 1)

A couple weeks ago, the CEO of Turkish Airlines, Temel Kotil, was in Boston to speak at Harvard Business School. No, I wasn’t there, but I guess he had some extra time on his hands while in town, because I was asked if I had any interest in talking to … Read the post

Across the Aisle From American’s SVP of Government Affairs on Why Privatizing Air Traffic Control is Good (and Shouldn’t be Called Privatization)

Across the Aisle From American’s SVP of Government Affairs on Why Privatizing Air Traffic Control is Good (and Shouldn’t be Called Privatization)

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an interview with Steve Dickson, Delta’s SVP of Flight Operations, on why Delta opposes efforts to privatize air traffic control in the US. This week we look at the other side of the coin. Will Ris, American’s outgoing SVP of Government Affairs, spoke … Read the post

Across the Aisle from Delta’s SVP of Operations on Why Privatizing Air Traffic Control Would Be Bad

Across the Aisle from Delta’s SVP of Operations on Why Privatizing Air Traffic Control Would Be Bad

If you haven’t heard, it’s time for Congress to once again try to reauthorize the FAA. I say “try” because in general, Congress is really bad at this. Usually it just passes temporary extensions which keeps the lights on but does nothing to push the FAA forward. On occasion, it … Read the post

Southwest’s Chief Marketing Officer Responds to My Thoughts on Transfarency

Southwest’s Chief Marketing Officer Responds to My Thoughts on Transfarency

After I wrote my thoughts about Southwest’s new Transfarency campaign, I received a note from Beth Harbin, Southwest’s Senior Director of Communications. Since I hadn’t been at media day to hear the presentation, she wanted to connect me with Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Krone so he could better explain … Read the post

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