This week is the Farnborough Airshow, a biennial orgy of aircraft orders where manufacturers try to flex their muscles and show the world just how much metal (or composites) they can sell. The whole thing is strange to me. Many of the orders are ones that have already been announced … Read the post
Today’s not a normal posting day, but with news like this, I couldn’t wait. It’s been a couple weeks since we found out that Virgin America might be for sale. Though most of the rumors have centered on Alaska and JetBlue, it looks like a dark horse has come in … Read the post
Something didn’t seem quite right. A Cranky Concierge client was booked to fly during the holidays from Orlando to Raleigh/Durham on Delta Connection. A mere three weeks in advance, Delta scrubbed the flight and instead decided to operate a mainline flight 5 hours earlier. As you can imagine, the client … Read the post
Have you ever heard of a company filing for bankruptcy protection so that it can increase its costs? I’m going to guess not. Yet that’s what Republic appears to be saying may happen. As its pilots dig in on contract talks and its operation suffers, Republic is threatening bankruptcy. This … Read the post
It used to be that Republic was one of the shining stars in the regional world. These days, however, that doesn’t say much. Regionals all over are having trouble getting enough pilots to fly their airplanes, and Republic is far from immune. In fact, it appears to be having more … Read the post
I had a lot of great feedback on last week’s post about the aircraft registrations of the big four airlines in the US. Now, we’re going to look at most of the rest. Below you’ll find a discussion about the regionals and low cost cost carriers flying around the … Read the post
It was one of the worst-kept secrets in the airline industry, but what had been known for months is now finally public. Former Spirit-backer Indigo Partners will buy Frontier Airlines from Republic, and we should all be thankful. This is going to be good for everyone involved, though the pilots … Read the post
I’m still out on leave, but I’ll be back soon. Enjoy this post about small communities . . .
Over 70% of US airports with commercial air service are served exclusively by regional airlines. And almost all of those airports reside in or next … Read the post
Today I bring you the third and last installment of my interview with Republic CEO Bryan Bedford. In this piece, we spend a lot of time talking about religion. Why? Well, Bryan has really brought religion into the Republic business in a big way.
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I’m back with part two of my conversation with Bryan Bedford, CEO of Republic (which owns Frontier, among others). In part one, we talked about the strategy that led the company to buy Frontier and Midwest. Today, we get a little more into the weeds with everything from inflight … Read the post