3 Links I Love: When Boeing Strayed, Qantas Pouts, Airplane Water is Fine

3 Links I Love: When Boeing Strayed, Qantas Pouts, Airplane Water is Fine

This week’s featured link:

The Long-Forgotten Flight That Sent Boeing Off CourseThe Atlantic
Don’t worry, this isn’t a 10,000 word traditional Atlantic article. It’s a relatively short piece highlighting how Boeing’s merger with McDonnell Douglas led to a finance-first instead of engineering-first culture. And as the author says, …

Delta Should Have Bigger Plans For Its Silver Airways Codeshare

Delta Should Have Bigger Plans For Its Silver Airways Codeshare

I linked to the press release announcing the Delta and Silver Airways would be entering into a codeshare arrangement on Friday, but I decided this was worth a broader post. On the surface, this may not look like much more than an updating of the previous Delta/Seaborne deal, but if …

Hahn Air Issues the World’s First Ticket Using Blockchain… Does It Matter?

Hahn Air Issues the World’s First Ticket Using Blockchain… Does It Matter?

Blockchain!

I know, I know. A lot of people are excited about blockchain, but nobody really seems to know why. It’s supposed to revolutionize the world… and be awesome… and fix everything… and… I dunno, cure cancer? Few people can explain it, and those who can have trouble explaining why …

3 Links I Love: Grounding Southwest Planes, Delta Nabs Silver, Ontario at 3

3 Links I Love: Grounding Southwest Planes, Delta Nabs Silver, Ontario at 3

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This week’s featured link:

FAA threatened to ground 38 Southwest Airlines planes over maintenance concerns – …

JetBlue’s Take on Basic Economy Brings More of the Same Plus a Blizzard of Options

JetBlue’s Take on Basic Economy Brings More of the Same Plus a Blizzard of Options

JetBlue’s long-awaited Basic Economy entry has now gone live in limited markets, and with it comes a big reorganization in how JetBlue approaches it fare families.

Previously, in coach, JetBlue had three fare options.

  • Blue – The base fare, but when it launched, it removed the checked bag that used
Corrected: Shining the Spotlight on October’s Operational Problem Children

Corrected: Shining the Spotlight on October’s Operational Problem Children

My apologies, but I somehow mixed up the A14 numbers for Southwest, Frontier, and United. This has been corrected, and I have updated the post to reflect the correct data.


Ah, October. Fall has arrived, thunderstorms have diminished, and the weather is about as good as it usually can …

Cranky on the Web: Should Southwest Buy Another Airline?

Cranky on the Web: Should Southwest Buy Another Airline?

If Southwest wanted to acquire another airline, which would it target?Dallas Business Journal
A research note suggesting that Southwest might consider buying another airline to get new airplanes since the 737 MAX remains grounded has spread like wildfire. I have trouble seeing it. If there’s one thing Southwest …

3 Links I Love: Flight Operated by Bus, Alaska Crashes, Goodbye Old MSY

3 Links I Love: Flight Operated by Bus, Alaska Crashes, Goodbye Old MSY

This week’s featured link:

The bus to the plane: On board Sun Country’s first Landline connectionTPG
I love multi-modal, and here’s a trip report of the latest attempt to combine bus with plane. The biggest hurdle remains the inability to operate the bus “behind security.” People still need …

IAG Makes a Play For Madrid and Latin America With Air Europa Acquisition

IAG Makes a Play For Madrid and Latin America With Air Europa Acquisition

When Delta snatched LATAM from American’s arms, I said this:

Delta has fundamentally re-drawn the map around the globe. If long-entrenched partners who were about to implement a joint venture can be broken up, then anything can be up for grabs.

The second act of this story is now …

Flying the Friendly But Broken Skies to Washington (Trip Report)

Flying the Friendly But Broken Skies to Washington (Trip Report)

To say I don’t fly United often is an understatement. The last time I set foot on a United-operated airplane was more than two years ago when I flew back from Kona to LA. Before that, it was more than four years ago. Even if you include regionals, it’s …

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