A Look At Changing Regional Alliances: American (Part 1)

A Look At Changing Regional Alliances: American (Part 1)

I’m going on vacation starting today. And by that, I don’t just mean I’m sitting at home and not working. Nay, I’m packing the family up into a rented RV and we’re going to visit some California state and national parks over the next week. To keep you entertained while Read the post

The Cranky Flier Interview #18: Southwest Airlines Chief Commercial Officer, Andrew Watterson

The Cranky Flier Interview #18: Southwest Airlines Chief Commercial Officer, Andrew Watterson

I’m back with another Cranky Flier Interview, presented by Ontario International Airport. It’s time once again for the annual chat with Southwest Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Watterson. We usually do this in person at the Boyd conference, but this year, well, a phone will have to do.

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Alaska Slashes the Fall, American Takes September Down, and Southwest Extends

Alaska Slashes the Fall, American Takes September Down, and Southwest Extends

It is time for another episode of Skeds of air Lines. This week may seem somewhat quiet on the surface, but underneath that facade, there’s turbulence a brewin’. The Eagle (American), the Eskimo (Alaska), and Pualani (Hawaiian) all proved to think alike, each taking September down a notch. The Eskimo, … Read the post

Cranky on the Web: American to Cut Cities, Ontario Sees Growth

Cranky on the Web: American to Cut Cities, Ontario Sees Growth

American considering cutting flights to many smaller citiesAssociated Press
American was smart to telegraph that it will likely cut cities if government funding doesn’t get extended. It’s true, but the placing of this story, originally with CNBC, helps remind the feds that they need to decide one … Read the post

3 Links I Love: Delta’s Refinery Twists and Turns, Branson’s Troubles, Gogo Numbers

3 Links I Love: Delta’s Refinery Twists and Turns, Branson’s Troubles, Gogo Numbers

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Delta Air Lines Bought an Oil Refinery. It Didn’t Go as Planned.The New York Times
The author clearly thinks that Delta’s refinery purchase was a mistake, but I’m not sure we’ll ever know. Did Delta’s pumping of jet fuel into the market lower the … Read the post

United Tries to Hitch a Ride on the Florida Gravy Train This Holiday Season

United Tries to Hitch a Ride on the Florida Gravy Train This Holiday Season

Of the big three US carriers, United is by far the weakest in Florida. Much of that is due to the lack of a hub located in the Southeast US, but that isn’t stopping United from taking a swing this winter. The airline is going to try to run a … Read the post

After Years of Making Life Difficult, Virgin Australia Simplifies

After Years of Making Life Difficult, Virgin Australia Simplifies

Twenty years ago when Virgin Blue launched, it had a simple mission. The airline was built to bring low fares to a continent where few were to be found. Since that time, the airline — which is now known as Virgin Australia — has done nothing but add complexity to … Read the post

Southwest Slashes September Flights, Everyone Else Remains Quiet

Southwest Slashes September Flights, Everyone Else Remains Quiet

This week on Skeds of air Lines, that Texan cowboy — Southwest — decided the time had come to face reality and make a move. But that was pretty much all of the big action at the O.K. Corral. Everyone else went back to the saloon to think about what’s … Read the post

A New Cranky Talk Is Live: How Airlines Are Keeping Travelers Safe

A New Cranky Talk Is Live: How Airlines Are Keeping Travelers Safe

Cranky Talk: How Airlines are Keeping Travelers Safe

It’s Cranky Talk time again, and this week, it’s a super-sized 18+ minute podcast. Why is it so long? Well, we had a lot to talk about.

See, this week we really dive into the whole “health … Read the post

3 Links I Love: Credit Card Declines, Mobile Moves, Israel’s New Plane

3 Links I Love: Credit Card Declines, Mobile Moves, Israel’s New Plane

This week’s featured link

Travel Blogs Rode Credit Card Referrals Wave: What Comes Next?Skift
It may be a day of reckoning for credit card bloggers. The olden times of easy, big money are — at the very least — temporarily gone. Will they come back?

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Lufthansa Goes Back to Its Happy Place By Starting a New Airline For No Good Reason

Lufthansa Goes Back to Its Happy Place By Starting a New Airline For No Good Reason

If there’s anything the Lufthansa Group loves, it’s complexity. The group has been fanatical about making things as confusing as possible from an operational perspective, and it has been quite successful. After finally clearing out some of the weeds, Lufthansa has apparently decided it over-simplified. Get ready for Ocean, a Read the post

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