Alaska and oneworld Open Up Ahead of Today’s Official Joining Announcement

Alaska and oneworld Open Up Ahead of Today’s Official Joining Announcement

This morning, Alaska is announcing that the MOU is signed, and it is now officially a member-elect in the oneworld alliance. This, of course, is no surprise. It said that it would join the alliance back in February when its deal with American came together. More recently, it … Read the post

LEVEL Shrinks as Low-Cost, Long-Haul Takes Another Hit

LEVEL Shrinks as Low-Cost, Long-Haul Takes Another Hit

Time and time again, bright strategists flush with cash have tried to prove that low-cost, long-haul flying works. And time and time again, they’ve been proven wrong. The coronavirus pandemic has hurt every airline, but it’s also highlighted some of the shortcomings of these low-cost, long-haul carriers even more. And … Read the post

September Capacity Cuts Begin While Southwest Adds New Last Minute Routes

September Capacity Cuts Begin While Southwest Adds New Last Minute Routes

It was another barn-burner of a weekend as I spent Friday night looking over all the new schedule data filed with Diio by Cirium. Was there anything interesting? Of course there was. August continued to see cuts while September is now shaping up (poorly) for several airlines. Meanwhile, Southwest … Read the post

3 Links I Love: The Middle Seat Debate, A British Goodbye, Mesa Goes Big

3 Links I Love: The Middle Seat Debate, A British Goodbye, Mesa Goes Big

This week’s featured link

Leaving Airplane Middle Seats Empty Could Cut Coronavirus Risk Almost In Half, A Study SaysForbes
Note that this study has not been peer-reviewed, but if true it could have grave implications for the recovery of the airline industry. I’m just glad it’s actually being … Read the post

American Becomes Instantly Relevant in New York With JetBlue Strategic Partnership

American Becomes Instantly Relevant in New York With JetBlue Strategic Partnership

Sorry for the tease in today’s earlier post, but these became public at different times, so I decided to go with a rare double post. Today, American and JetBlue are creating a strategic partnership in the same vein as the American/Alaska deal. Some have suggested American was irrelevant … Read the post

Alaska Adds Seven New Los Angeles Routes to the Northwest and Leisure Spots

Alaska Adds Seven New Los Angeles Routes to the Northwest and Leisure Spots

Alaska has long been something of a tweener in the hyper-competitive Los Angeles market. While American, Delta, Southwest, and United all battle it out, Alaska has lived life as a large number five, a place it solidified after taking over Virgin America. That’s not the most desirable place to be, … Read the post

Demand Drying Up: Airlines Chop Summer Schedules With Florida Taking the Lead

Demand Drying Up: Airlines Chop Summer Schedules With Florida Taking the Lead

Friday nights are now one of the most exciting times of the week. Each Friday, Diio by Cirium loads that week’s schedule changes, and I get to see how the airlines are feeling about the near future. (Please, hold your criticism of my social life. Yours is probably just as … Read the post

JetBlue Leaves a Bad Situation in Long Beach for Something Worse at LAX

JetBlue Leaves a Bad Situation in Long Beach for Something Worse at LAX

The writing has been on the wall for years, and now JetBlue has finally done it. It is pulling the plug on its Long Beach (LGB) operation entirely after October 6. This is the right move for the company. Unfortunately, that right move has been followed up with the wrong … Read the post

A New Cranky Talk Is Live: How Do Airports Make Their Money?

A New Cranky Talk Is Live: How Do Airports Make Their Money?

How airports are funded and the impact of COVID-19

This week on Cranky Talk, Dave and I decided to take a swing at airport funding. After all, with flights down dramatically right now, how are airports staying afloat? Do they have to take your taxpayer money? Listen in to learn … Read the post

Cranky on the Web: JetBlue Ditches Long Beach for LAX, Empty Middles

Cranky on the Web: JetBlue Ditches Long Beach for LAX, Empty Middles

I will have plenty to say on this topic in detail on Monday, but both USA Today and TPG asked me for comment, and I was happy to oblige.

Bye-bye Long Beach, hello LAX: JetBlue exiting longtime Southern California baseUSA Today

JetBlue to Read the post

3 Links I Love: American Unplugged, Sun Country CEO Talks, The Breguet 941

3 Links I Love: American Unplugged, Sun Country CEO Talks, The Breguet 941

This week’s featured link

Best Of The Banter: Our PBB Interview With American Airlines’ Vasu RajaPlanePerspectives
You probably heard about Holly Hegeman’s PlaneBusiness Banter interview with American’s Chief Revenue Officer Vasu Raja, because Vasu does not hold back at all. She’s decided to post it publicly for all … Read the post

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