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 …

United Takes the Lead on Simplifying Elite Qualifying By Focusing on Spend

United Takes the Lead on Simplifying Elite Qualifying By Focusing on Spend

One of the knocks on United’s loyalty strategies over the years has been that the airline just takes what Delta does and slaps its own name on the change. When it comes to qualifying for elite status, however, United has decided to be the first mover. The airline announced on …

Cranky on the Web: Icelandair Leaves Kansas City

Cranky on the Web: Icelandair Leaves Kansas City

After Icelandair leaves Kansas City, can KCI land another nonstop flight to Europe?Kansas City Star
The local paper took a deep look at Icelandair leaving Kansas City and interviewed me along with a ton of others. My entire thoughts aren’t in the article, but effectively, Icelandair must have …

3 Links I Love: Filling the Void, Boeing in a Pickle, Slots

3 Links I Love: Filling the Void, Boeing in a Pickle, Slots

This week’s featured link:

Lufthansa to start flying to Ljubljana after Adria Airways’ collapseReuters
Question: Oh no, what will happen if our national airline fails?! Answer: A better airline will move in and serve the markets that have demand.

Image of the Week: Happy 100th birthday, KLM.
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