Reliable sources tell me that Allegiant will announce in the coming days that its new “sun destination” is LAX. With the exception of its original base in Las Vegas, Allegiant has specialized in turning secondary airports into big funnels for people traveling from small towns to resort areas. It appears … Read the post
Southwest Reports Q4 Loss on Hedges
Hedges and other “special items” brought Southwest down to a Q4 loss, but it was the announcement on growth that had people turning their heads.
Southwest Sees Strong Revenue Performance in Fourth Quarter
Is that no-fee strategy working for Southwest? The airline has definitely … Read the post
Looks like Allegiant might have its eyes on Punta Gorda as its next base after it announced flights to the city from both Greenville/Spartanburg and Knoxville today. This is the first move outside its current base structure in awhile, and it could be a sign of bigger expansion to come.… Read the post
United Slow to Address Public Concern Over Paid Meals on International Flights
United made waves by announcing charges for meals on some international flights last week. Unfortunately, their PR efforts weren’t up to the task.
American Offers Wi-fi as a Differentiator
Last week, American enabled wireless internet access on its … Read the post
DOT Rejects Blanket Dormancy Waiver
The DOT has decided to deny the request by seven airlines to allow them to suspend international routes without losing the rights. This could get interesting.
Ramping Up Alternative Propulsion Systems
With fuel prices climbing, engine manufacturers are looking for new ways to reduce fuel … Read the post
I know I mentioned it before, but I thought it worth mentioning again that I’m now the airline blogger for BNET. My posts on Cranky are primarily focused on the frequent (or not so frequent) flier, but over on BNET, I get into more on airline management. Since I know … Read the post
It’s earning season, and most airlines are doing their best to mask their weak fourth quarters. It’s hilarious to see the headlines talking about what a great year it was. Then they bury their fourth quarter loss down below.
Just today, we saw US Airways and Alaska talking about how … Read the post
Yesterday, the East Valley (that’d be Mesa/Chandler/Gilbert/Tempe – east of Phoenix) was jumping with joy after learning that their long-suffering airport, STBPMGA (that’s Soon-To-Be Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport), would become Allegiant’s fourth base after Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, and St Petersburg/Tampa. Today, Ft Lauderdale received word that they’ll be base #5.
Phoenix-Mesa … Read the post
It’s interesting to see how low cost carriers developed differently in the US versus Europe. Over here, Southwest was always considered the standard for low-frills and low fares. When compared to what Ryanair has done in Europe, Southwest looks downright pricey and opulent.
Since Ryanair has taken off, plenty of … Read the post
Allegiant issued their first earnings report since going public today, and there were a couple of interesting tidbits in there worth talking about.
First of all, the amount of ancillary revenue per passenger rose from $13.99 in the fourth quarter of 2005 to $18.84 in the fourth quarter of 2006. … Read the post