The story of the summer so far has been American’s aggressive approach to capacity in the domestic US market. The airline put out far more than United and Delta, and throughout June, it benefited greatly as leisure travelers started to make plans and buy tickets. But now, things are changing … Read the post
Happy weirdest 4th of July ever!
Fireside Chat with Brett Snyder, President, Cranky Concierge and President, Cranky Flier
Earlier this week, I (virtually) sat with Helane Becker, Cowen and Company’s airline industry analyst for an hour-long call about future demand, schedules, and more. This was meant for investors, but Helane … Read the post
I mentioned yesterday that Alaska’s completion factor in the last week had suffered because it had pulled back from operating capacity it recently added. Specifically, spokesperson Ray Lane told me this:
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There are a few different factors driving [Alaska and Horizon] completion rates below where
Running an operation at a time when schedules are changing frequently and close to departure is not for the faint of heart. Things get even more complicated when airlines purposefully decide to cancel at the last minute for commercial reasons, not operational ones. The pandemic has created an alternate universe … Read the post
American Airlines will book flights to full capacity – Associated Press
American has lifted its booking limits for travel starting July 1. The airline has data showing people don’t really change their behavior, even if they tweet angrily. That being said, the timing of the announcement could have been better.… Read the post
This week’s featured link
Allegiant CEO Shareholder Letter – Allegiant
If you ever doubted that Allegiant was well-positioned for the future, read this letter to shareholders from CEO Maury Gallagher. I agree with just about everything he says. His thoughts on business travel are definitely concerning for the industry.
Last week, JetBlue made the surprising announcement that it would add 30 new routes to its network. The surprise was not because JetBlue has had to pull back significantly due to its main focus cities being in the northeast but rather because JetBlue hasn’t shown any interest in trying … Read the post
When we first rolled out Cranky merchandise, the response was overwhelming. I can’t think you enough for helping to support the team while travel remains slow, at best. Many of you had suggestions for things you’d like to see, and we’ve been working furiously on your ideas. Here’s what is … Read the post
We’ve long known that airlines make big money from their loyalty programs, but the exact structure has been shrouded in secrecy. That is now changing as airlines look to leverage these money-makers as collateral for financing. United has just unlocked more than $5 billion by putting up its MileagePlus loyalty … Read the post