American Bets on United’s Network Disadvantage and Delta’s Conservative Nature to Leap Ahead

American Bets on United’s Network Disadvantage and Delta’s Conservative Nature to Leap Ahead

The primary focus during this pandemic has been around which airlines are in better or worse shape financially. There’s good reason for that, but as the recovery speeds up, the time has come to look at other metrics. Since the recovery in air travel demand is uneven at best, there … Read the post

3 Links I Love: A Hawaiian Merger, Easier Changes, The TWA Terminal That Never Was

3 Links I Love: A Hawaiian Merger, Easier Changes, The TWA Terminal That Never Was

This week’s featured link

Mokulele Airlines and Makani Kai Air announce mergerHonolulu Star Advertiser
It’s not a merger involving Hawaiian but rather two Hawaiian airlines. Commuters Mokulele and Makani Kai will combine and fly under the Mokulele name. Makani Kai primarily focuses on Moloka’i… when it operates, but … Read the post

So Long, Mad Dog

So Long, Mad Dog

On Tuesday, the last of Delta’s McDonnell Douglas-branded aircraft gathered at the grandiosely-named Arkansas International Airport in Blytheville, not far from the Missouri and Tennessee borders. Despite its name, this former military base doesn’t see much international traffic… or any traffic for that matter. On occasion, there are bursts of … Read the post

Delta and The Perils of Investing in Partners It Can’t Control

Delta and The Perils of Investing in Partners It Can’t Control

They say the more risk you take, the higher the potential reward. That is true, but it can also naturally go in the other direction. After years of building up equity investments abroad, US carriers are quickly coming to terms with seeing their investments disappear. There is no airline harder … Read the post

A New Cranky Talk is Live: The Airport of the Future

A New Cranky Talk is Live: The Airport of the Future

Since Sundays are quiet on the blog anyway, I figured it would be a good time to announce when our newest Cranky Talk podcast goes live.

Cranky Talk: The Airport of the Future
We’re back with our second podcast in the Cranky Talk series. This … Read the post

Cranky on the Web: Flying Changes, Shrinking Airlines, and To Mask or Not

Cranky on the Web: Flying Changes, Shrinking Airlines, and To Mask or Not

Flying during the pandemic? Here’s what you need to knowCNBC
Here’s a look at the (near) future of flying and what will change.

Major Airlines Expected to Shrink After PandemicBlue Sky News
This publication is put out by Pittsburgh International Airport, … Read the post

3 Links I Love: American Says No Bankruptcy But Slashes Jobs, Delta Looks for Volunteers

3 Links I Love: American Says No Bankruptcy But Slashes Jobs, Delta Looks for Volunteers

This week’s featured link

American Air CEO Says Bankruptcy Is an Option He Won’t ConsiderBloomberg
We have three related links this week. First, a recap of what American CEO Doug Parker said at an investment conference this week. (United CEO Scott Kirby seems to think the same thingRead the post

Delta’s Domestic July Schedule Has More Hub Overflying

Delta’s Domestic July Schedule Has More Hub Overflying

It happened more quickly than I expected, but Delta has now rolled out what appears to be its complete domestic schedule for July. I’ve spent some more quality time with Diio by Cirium data to examine what’s going on.

As was the case for June, … Read the post

Clipped Wings: Flying — and Not Flying –During COVID-19 (Guest Post)

Clipped Wings: Flying — and Not Flying –During COVID-19 (Guest Post)

You may remember reading about Korry Franke, a now Newark-based 737 pilot who wrote the book 3 Feet to the Left, here on the blog. I reached out to Korry to ask how things were going from a pilot perspective, and he offered to write a column on Read the post

Cranky on the Web: A Livestream Tuesday, 39 Questions With Johnny Jet

Cranky on the Web: A Livestream Tuesday, 39 Questions With Johnny Jet

Mondays Live With Skift Airline Weekly
Join me and Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan for a chat about the airlines on TUESDAY at 830a PT. It’ll be live, and you can register here to join. Or you can watch or listen to the replay later.

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