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 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
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 industry – Marketplace
I spoke with Marketplace about The Cliff that hit the industry a couple Thursdays ago. Marketplace … Read the post
This week’s featured link
Gary Kelly Outlines Plans to Avoid Layoffs and Furloughs Through 2021 – Southwest 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
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
It’s time for another Cranky Talk. This week, we talk about some of the new routes that airlines are launching, and Dave wonders why an airline would launch ANYTHING new in a pandemic. Come for the discussion, stay for… well, just come for the discussion.… Read the post
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:
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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.