This week’s featured link: Aviation and the Media Survey There’s a lot of bad reporting out there about aviation, and now the American Aviation Institute is trying to get feedback on the aviation news media in this survey. This is meant for people who are close to the industry only. I’m not being compensated for this. I just hope that a healthy response with clear results could help to improve media coverage of this industry. (There’s always hope…) Two for the ...
This week’s featured link: Ryanair Unveils 2017/18 (Year 4) “Always Getting Better” Plan – Ryanair This is starting to sound like a Soviet 5 year plan. Ryanair has its latest improvement plan out, and there are some goodies in here. This year, Ryanair is going to begin selling connecting flights. Specifically it says it will start with connections on its own aircraft, but it will expand into connecting to other airlines. Also passengers will be automatically checked ...
This week’s featured link: Competing for B(r)agging Rights – American Airlines Arrivals American puts out a weekly employee newsletter, and it sends it to media as well. Last week, the story on page 3 caught my eye. In San Jose, the airline made several changes to how it handles bags, and the end result is that bags are now getting to the carousel much faster. It’s not a long read, but you can see everything that the airline has been testing out. Two for the road: Delta Com...
This week’s featured link: Why Is Wearing Leggings to the Airport Such a Shameful Thing? – Vogue A few have asked me to comment on this whole stupid kerfuffle where United denied boarding to a couple of pass travelers for wearing leggings (which aren’t allowed per pass travel rules). All I can say is that there are dress code rules, and pass travelers need to obey them. It is the responsibility of the employee to know the rules and pass them on to anyone who is riding on a pa...
This week’s featured link: Dear Virgin America – Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog Richard Branson is a sad panda. His weepy goodbye to Virgin America is book-ended with digs at Alaska. That’s pretty crappy since Alaska just made him a whole lot richer. He acts like there was nothing he could do to save Virgin America from this fate, and he’s right. He was able to keep the airline afloat while it lost hundreds of millions of dollars for years. So when the time came...
This week’s featured link: JetBlue launches fleet review with E190 cost concerns – FlightGlobal It’s been no secret from past comments that JetBlue isn’t in love with its Embraer 190 fleet, and recent comments show that hasn’t changed. I’d bet if JetBlue could get rid of these things today, it would. (And Bombardier would gladly be there waiting to sell some C Series aircraft.) But it can’t. So it’ll just keep complaining. Two for the road: Ex...
This week’s featured link: United Looks at Boeing’s ‘Paper Plane’ and Likes What It Sees – Bloomberg Bloomberg has been cranking out some interesting pieces lately. It’s no surprise this one came from Julie Johnsson, someone I first meant when she was at the Chicago Tribune covering this industry years ago. Now she has a really interesting story about two Chicago companies coming together. Boeing has been talking about a “middle of the market” (MoM) air...
This week’s featured link: United-Avianca Deal Becomes Target of Lawsuit by Kingsland – Bloomberg Avianca has been desperately looking for new investors, and United has the inside track. But the former owners of TACA (who after the merger became the second largest shareholder in Avianca) are crying foul. They say the largest shareholder (the owner of pre-merger Avianca) is doing this for personal gain. This is some great drama. Two for the road: Here is the full transcript of bil...
This week’s featured link: CEO Interview: Air Asia X’s Plan to Make Cheap Trans-Pacific Flights a Reality – Skift When I wrote about Air Asia coming to the US, I mentioned that it wasn’t really Honolulu that got me interested but what could be next. Here’s a good interview with the CEO of Air Asia X where he talks about some of those plans. Two for the road: Norwegian focuses on mid-size US cities for new Atlantic services – ATW I’ll talk more about Norweg...
This week’s featured link: Yet Another American Airlines Executive Leaves for United – Airways Word starting leaking out quickly on Wednesday. Andrew Nocella, former Chief Marketing Officer at American and long-time friend and colleague of Scott Kirby, has followed his former boss over to United. Andrew’s greatest strength is in the network/schedule planning world, but at US Airways, he grew into running marketing and sales, eventually becoming Chief Marketing Officer at Amer...
This week’s featured link: Subject: Pool report #1 airline meeting – Public Pool Wondering what happened in the Trump/Airline CEO meeting yesterday? Well, the White House press pool was there for the beginnin and this is the report. Probably best not to read it. Not only does Trump think the airports give the airlines bad equipment, he thinks air traffic control is “out of whack,” and he thinks a pilot should run the FAA. (He knows a guy who is an expert, apparently.)...
This week’s featured link: A380, from flagship to LCC mass transport – Leeham News and Comment Here’s an interview with the head of leasing firm Amedeo that specializes in, gulp, A380s. Even though none of the 20 A380s it has ordered have found a home yet, this guy seems optimistic. In short, airlines have used the A380 wrong and only now are figuring it out. Of course, his examples of ANA and Malaysia aren’t very good ones. It’s believe that ANA picked up 3 A38...
Expanding service to most popular nonstop destinations from Cincinnati – Delta News Hub Are you a mid-market former hub airport desperate to get your old hub airline to pay attention to you? Just attract Southwest. Southwest announced it was ditching Dayton for Cincinnati recently, and now Delta is ramping back up. In the scheme of things, it’s not huge growth (6 percent more seats), but ANY growth at a dwindling hub like this is noteworthy. Shortage means BYOP (bring your own pi...