Cranky on the Web: Boeing’s Full-Page Apology, The 550 in Indy

Cranky on the Web: Boeing’s Full-Page Apology, The 550 in Indy

Boeing Takes Out Full-Page Ads Before CEO TestifiesAdWeek
I was asked how I felt about the full page ad Boeing took out in the Wall Street Journal, and, well, I didn’t really like it. But later I was alerted that Boeing also took out an ad in Indonesian …

3 Links I Love: Tarmac Delay Lives, Bumpy LAX-it, Lion Air Report

3 Links I Love: Tarmac Delay Lives, Bumpy LAX-it, Lion Air Report

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DOT proposes changes to extended tarmac delay regulationATW
Just when you thought the tarmac delay rule was set in stone… the FAA looks to make some changes. These are actually fairly positive overall, and the rule gives some more flexibility where it helps most.…

Norwegian Sees Income Improvement, But The Balance Sheet Problem Looms

Norwegian Sees Income Improvement, But The Balance Sheet Problem Looms

I realize that’s a headline only an accountant can love, but, well, it’s a nice summary of the issue at hand. A change in strategy has been great for Norwegian, but it took the airline far too long to realize the rapid growth under founder and previous CEO Bjørn Kjos …

Touring United’s New, Ridiculously-Spacious CRJ-550 Aircraft

Touring United’s New, Ridiculously-Spacious CRJ-550 Aircraft

I wrote about the commercial side of United’s new CRJ-550 regional jet last week, and now it’s time to talk product. While I was in Chicago last Thursday for United’s media day, the airline invited attendees out to O’Hare to see the new airplane for themselves before it entered service …

Settling the Debate: Does American or United Have More First Class Seats in Chicago?

Settling the Debate: Does American or United Have More First Class Seats in Chicago?

United had its first global media day (at least, first that I can remember) on Friday, and it was an event well done. That being said, I didn’t expect there would be homework…. Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Nocella was up on stage when a question was asked about American’s claims …

3 Links I Love: Long Haul PR Stunt, Tiny Plane Across the Ocean, Brewing Chicago Fight

3 Links I Love: Long Haul PR Stunt, Tiny Plane Across the Ocean, Brewing Chicago Fight

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I Just Took the World’s First 20-Hour Flight. Here’s What It Did to MeBloomberg
This is quite the PR stunt Qantas has put on. How much do you really learn from having only a few passengers on an airplane all flying in business? Besides, …

Air NZ, Cathay Pacific Cuts Highlight the Death of the True Fifth Freedom Flight

Air NZ, Cathay Pacific Cuts Highlight the Death of the True Fifth Freedom Flight

The 1944 Chicago Convention was a landmark agreement that, among other things, pushed the global air travel industry to create a defined set of “freedoms” of the air which would guide what routes airlines from individual countries could and couldn’t fly. The so-called “fifth freedom” has long been one of …

Cranky on the Web: Putting My Adventure to Shame, Saving Connections, MAX Return Worries

Cranky on the Web: Putting My Adventure to Shame, Saving Connections, MAX Return Worries

Around Hawai‘i and Back: A Pass Traveler’s Journey to Fly Our Entire Neighbor Island Network in One DayHawaiian Airlines Mana’o
Remember my day flying to all the Hawaiian 717 stations? Well, one Hawaiian employee decided to top that and include all the ‘Ohana by Hawaiian stations as …

3 Links I Love: Reading Azul Tea Leaves, Etihad Light, Small Virgins

3 Links I Love: Reading Azul Tea Leaves, Etihad Light, Small Virgins

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Azul could join giant Latin America alliance sought by United, Avianca, CopaTPG
It’s interesting that United would want to bring Azul into its joint venture, because Azul does very little flying between the US and Latin America today. If Azul is going to ramp …

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