The New Aeroplan Shows Why It’s Important to Own Your Loyalty Program

The New Aeroplan Shows Why It’s Important to Own Your Loyalty Program

Long ago, in a galaxy far far away, Air Canada needed cash. To get that cash, it spun off its Aeroplan loyalty program. Many hailed this as the future of loyalty, and other airlines, like Aeromexico and Cathay Pacific, did the same thing. But there is a real downside to … Read the post

Southwest Adds Chicago’s O’Hare and Houston’s Intercontinental… But Why?

Southwest Adds Chicago’s O’Hare and Houston’s Intercontinental… But Why?

Southwest used to be an airline that added dots in the Continental US to its route map at a torrid pace, but that hasn’t happened in a long time. After the AirTran merger settled, Southwest’s new cities focused on flying over the water — think the Caribbean, Mexico, and most … Read the post

Montrose Is the New Hot Spot and Other Changes in a Quiet Week

Montrose Is the New Hot Spot and Other Changes in a Quiet Week

After the blistering action last week, this week proved to be a more quiet one in Airlineville. According to the data from Cirium, many had skiing in the Rockies or a beach vacation in the Caribbean on their minds.

The Eskimo, however, had little … Read the post

Cranky on the Web: Airline Armageddon, American Cuts

Cranky on the Web: Airline Armageddon, American Cuts

I somehow failed to publish this post last weekend, so I went and held it for this week.

This week may be “Armageddon” for the airline industryMarketplace
I spoke with Marketplace about The Cliff that hit the industry a couple Thursdays ago. Marketplace … Read the post

3 Links I Love: Southwest’s 2021 Plan, Wizz Goes For the Kill, United Jumps on a Bandwagon

3 Links I Love: Southwest’s 2021 Plan, Wizz Goes For the Kill, United Jumps on a Bandwagon

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Gary Kelly Outlines Plans to Avoid Layoffs and Furloughs Through 2021Southwest Media
I thought this 10 minute video from Southwest CEO Gary Kelly was really well done. Sure, it’s good news that they are avoiding furloughs, but there are pay cuts that accompany those, … Read the post

JetBlue’s Two Decade Run in Long Beach Ends With a Whimper

JetBlue’s Two Decade Run in Long Beach Ends With a Whimper

At 11:18am on Tuesday, JetBlue 231 pulled into gate 6 at Long Beach Airport after a short flight from Salt Lake City. This was — according to Cirium data — the 14,078th scheduled flight that JetBlue landed in Long Beach from Salt Lake since it started service from there in … Read the post

Considering Delta’s Future Fleet as Retirements Mount

Considering Delta’s Future Fleet as Retirements Mount

When it comes to future fleet composition, Delta has been busy trying to simplify. It has announced a variety of retirements and other changes that will truly re-make the airline’s fleet in the long run. There are still many question marks, but one thing is clear… there will be some … Read the post

A Very Busy Weekend as More November Cuts Roll In, Including Some Surprises

A Very Busy Weekend as More November Cuts Roll In, Including Some Surprises

Welcome back. It was a hectic week in Airlineville with nearly every airline making their November cuts in this week’s Cirium schedule data. In addition, the Eskimo cut into transcons yet again while the Eagle ran away from Godzilla.

Even though the Widget had already … Read the post

3 Links I Love: JetBlue Walks a Tightrope, United at JFK, Vegas Renovations

3 Links I Love: JetBlue Walks a Tightrope, United at JFK, Vegas Renovations

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JetBlue extends, reduces blocked seats on board – PaxEx.Aero
I have a hard time with this one. You block middle seats, it’s an easy marketing pitch for customers. I’m not convinced it matters, but it’s at least a clear proposition that allows you to get a … Read the post

Breeze is Back with Another Revised Plan For Flights to Begin in March

Breeze is Back with Another Revised Plan For Flights to Begin in March

A lot has changed in the world since David Neeleman first let it slip that he was working on a new airline. And now… things are changing again with an amended filing with the Department of Transportation (DOT). Or, as the airline says:

The

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Sign of the Apocalyse: American’s Cheap, Refundable Long-Haul Fares

Sign of the Apocalyse: American’s Cheap, Refundable Long-Haul Fares

It was a big enough shock to see airline change fees start melting away, but now there’s something even stranger happening. American is experimenting with affordable, refundable fares on long-haul flights. I suppose we’re at the point where airlines will do anything to try and stimulate demand.

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