Corrected: Shining the Spotlight on October’s Operational Problem Children

Corrected: Shining the Spotlight on October’s Operational Problem Children

My apologies, but I somehow mixed up the A14 numbers for Southwest, Frontier, and United. This has been corrected, and I have updated the post to reflect the correct data.


Ah, October. Fall has arrived, thunderstorms have diminished, and the weather is about as good as it usually can …

Cranky on the Web: Should Southwest Buy Another Airline?

Cranky on the Web: Should Southwest Buy Another Airline?

If Southwest wanted to acquire another airline, which would it target?Dallas Business Journal
A research note suggesting that Southwest might consider buying another airline to get new airplanes since the 737 MAX remains grounded has spread like wildfire. I have trouble seeing it. If there’s one thing Southwest …

3 Links I Love: Flight Operated by Bus, Alaska Crashes, Goodbye Old MSY

3 Links I Love: Flight Operated by Bus, Alaska Crashes, Goodbye Old MSY

This week’s featured link:

The bus to the plane: On board Sun Country’s first Landline connectionTPG
I love multi-modal, and here’s a trip report of the latest attempt to combine bus with plane. The biggest hurdle remains the inability to operate the bus “behind security.” People still need …

IAG Makes a Play For Madrid and Latin America With Air Europa Acquisition

IAG Makes a Play For Madrid and Latin America With Air Europa Acquisition

When Delta snatched LATAM from American’s arms, I said this:

Delta has fundamentally re-drawn the map around the globe. If long-entrenched partners who were about to implement a joint venture can be broken up, then anything can be up for grabs.

The second act of this story is now …

Flying the Friendly But Broken Skies to Washington (Trip Report)

Flying the Friendly But Broken Skies to Washington (Trip Report)

To say I don’t fly United often is an understatement. The last time I set foot on a United-operated airplane was more than two years ago when I flew back from Kona to LA. Before that, it was more than four years ago. Even if you include regionals, it’s …

Cranky on the Web: Boeing’s Full-Page Apology, The 550 in Indy

Cranky on the Web: Boeing’s Full-Page Apology, The 550 in Indy

Boeing Takes Out Full-Page Ads Before CEO TestifiesAdWeek
I was asked how I felt about the full page ad Boeing took out in the Wall Street Journal, and, well, I didn’t really like it. But later I was alerted that Boeing also took out an ad in Indonesian …

3 Links I Love: Tarmac Delay Lives, Bumpy LAX-it, Lion Air Report

3 Links I Love: Tarmac Delay Lives, Bumpy LAX-it, Lion Air Report

This week’s featured link:

DOT proposes changes to extended tarmac delay regulationATW
Just when you thought the tarmac delay rule was set in stone… the FAA looks to make some changes. These are actually fairly positive overall, and the rule gives some more flexibility where it helps most.…

Norwegian Sees Income Improvement, But The Balance Sheet Problem Looms

Norwegian Sees Income Improvement, But The Balance Sheet Problem Looms

I realize that’s a headline only an accountant can love, but, well, it’s a nice summary of the issue at hand. A change in strategy has been great for Norwegian, but it took the airline far too long to realize the rapid growth under founder and previous CEO Bjørn Kjos …

Touring United’s New, Ridiculously-Spacious CRJ-550 Aircraft

Touring United’s New, Ridiculously-Spacious CRJ-550 Aircraft

I wrote about the commercial side of United’s new CRJ-550 regional jet last week, and now it’s time to talk product. While I was in Chicago last Thursday for United’s media day, the airline invited attendees out to O’Hare to see the new airplane for themselves before it entered service …

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

This week’s featured link:

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, …

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