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3 Links I Love: Fixing WestJet, Tip Your Flight Attendant, Aloha 767

‘We’ve just grown too big, too fast:’ CEO Ed Sims taps the brakes at WestJet – Calgary HeraldFor years people have said WestJet had bitten off more than it could chew, and last year that finally proved to be true. Now we get to watch Ed try to get the airline back on track, and I’m looking forward to seeing what that means. This Airline Wants You to Tip Your Flight Attendants – ThrillistEven though this has been around for 3 years, it’s just making the news this week. Tipping flig...
Tags: Travel, Ed, United, Government Regulation, Links I Love, Frontier, Westjet, Hawaiian, Ed Sims, WestJet Calgary, Aloha Boeing, BlogYou


3 Links I Love: LaGuardia’s New Gates, Oscar Talks, Pittsburgh’s Problems

This week’s featured link: New terminal designed to be exact opposite of usual LaGuardia – Runway Girl NetworkThey had me at the headline.  LaGuardia opened up the first phase of its terminal redo.  It’s still a long road until all the work is done, but at least now, the passenger experience for some travelers will be better. Two for the road: For United’s Oscar Munoz, the turnaround is a journey – Houston ChronicleThe Houston Chronicle sat down with United’s CEO to talk shop.  ...
Tags: Travel, United, Laguardia, Pittsburgh, Links I Love, Oscar Munoz, Pittsburgh International Airport, LGA - New York/La Guardia, LaGuardia 's New Gates Oscar Talks Pittsburgh, LaGuardia Runway Girl NetworkThey, Houston ChronicleThe Houston Chronicle, Pittsburgh Post GazettePittsburgh


3 Links I Love: A Long Look at Delta, Southwest Groundings, BA 767 Retires

This week’s featured link: Delta Buckles Up For Turbulence – FortuneHere’s a long one for you.  It’s sort of a broad look at Delta under Ed Bastian today, but it jumps around from Ed’s early life to the airline’s lagging market cap and everything in between. Two for the road: Southwest Airlines suddenly grounds 34 planes in its fleet – Chicago Business JournalIs it just me, or does this seem to happen more than it should at Southwest? British Airways retires its last Boeing 7...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Chicago, Delta, Ed, Boeing, Southwest Airlines, British Airways, Links I Love, Southwest, Allegiant, Ed Bastian, Delta Southwest Groundings


3 Links I Love: American Makes a Change, A California Airline Finally Flies, Berlin’s Ghost Airport

This week’s featured link American Elevates Corporate Customers During Disruptions – FlightGlobalI was critical of American for rolling out a change to how it reaccommodates passengers recently.  (They won’t put non-elites on non-partner airlines.)  Now, apparently, they’ve realized this policy sucks… but they’re only fixing it for corporate customers who aren’t elites.  There’s something about this change that makes it feel even worse.   Two for the road After Years of False Starts, Ca...
Tags: Travel, California, Berlin, Bbc, Links I Love, Carlsbad, California Pacific, Ted Vallas


3 Links I Love: Moxy’s Oddities, LAX Nonstop to Africa,

This week’s featured link JetBlue Founder Reveals Details on His New Tech-Focused International Airline – SkiftThere’s a lot in here that makes me scratch my head.  Moxy will have no routes where it competes with others?  Uh, right, if you don’t count nearby airports.  And somehow Azul in Brazil is going to be a huge feed opportunity?  It’s something, but it’s not going to make this thing fly.  It will, however, add complexity, yet Neeleman thinks he needs no phone number for the airline becaus...
Tags: Travel, La, Africa, US, America, David, Brazil, Togo, Jetblue, Links I Love, Ethiopian, Lomé, Moxy, Azul, Neeleman, Sullenberger


3 Links I Love: Digging in Phoenix, JFK’s Runway Problem, A Strange Route to China

This week’s featured link: ANALYSIS: What to make of American’s local shift in Phoenix – FlightGlobalRemember the back-and-forth I had with myself over American’s future in Phoenix?  Ned Russell at FlightGlobal took it further and dug into some data.  This doesn’t quite support the rosy “Mountains to the World” idea that American put forth, but it’s also not the death of the hub.  Read for yourself. Two for the road: One runway shy of a plan – Crain’s New York BusinessHere’s a good look a...
Tags: Travel, Asia, New York, China, Alaska, Jfk Airport, Links I Love, Phoenix, Crain, Anchorage, FlightGlobal, JFK - New York/JFK, Ned Russell, PHX - Phoenix, Phoenix JFK


3 Links I Love: Alitalia Rescue Plan #85,083, United Takes on Cheaters, Air India Hits Wall and Keeps Flying

This week’s featured link: Alitalia relaunch to include Italian state ownership – USA TodayThis is excellent news for all admirers of the Worst Airline Ever.  For anyone who thought Alitalia might go under or get merged into a bigger airline, fear not.  The Italian government is here to save the airline and make sure it… keeps losing money for years to come.  The new plan is to pour more state money into the airline and do some silly connection with the state rail company.  This isn’t shocking ...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Qatar, Boeing, United, United Airlines, Alitalia, Air India, Links I Love, USA TodayThis, Worst Airline Ever, Air Italy, Alitalia Rescue Plan, United Takes on Cheaters Air India Hits Wall


3 Links I Love: Comet Across the Atlantic, Overhead Bin Sensors, A380 in Trouble

This week’s featured link:British Airways Celebrates 60 Years of Jet Flights Across the Atlantic (+Photos) – AirwaysI was invited to join this event in London by BA, but I wasn’t able to go.  (There was a lot of cool stuff this week, and I wouldn’t do any of it.)  Here’s a little bit of coverage from Airways. Two for the road:Bringing IoT to flight: Sensors, alerts, payments and more from APEX EXPO 2018 – Wandering ArameanI wasn’t at the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Expo ...
Tags: Travel, London, Boston, Emirates, Airbus, Ba, British Airways, Links I Love, Seth, Comet Across the Atlantic Overhead Bin Sensors, Atlantic Photos AirwaysI, Airline Passenger Experience Association APEX Expo


3 Links I Love: JetBlue Gets Basic, Primera Fails, How to Launch a New Route

This week’s featured link:Where can we Inspire Humanity next? – JetBlue Out of the BlueBasic Economy is coming to JetBlue, and that’s yet another proof point that the lure of low fares is inescapable.  It’s hard to comment on whether this makes sense or not until I see the actual plan to roll it out.  I would bet that JetBlue will do this better than the legacies, but that’s a pretty low bar. Two for the road:Primera Air goes bankrupt after a catastrophic summer – The Economist GulliverTo t...
Tags: Travel, Jetblue, Links I Love, Hawaiian, Primera Air, Primera, Atlantic Gulliver


3 Links I Love: 40 Years After the Crash, Norwegian Cuts, Another 747 Retirement

This week’s featured link:PSA crash at 40: A page of San Diego history ‘written in blood’ – The San Diego Union-TribuneIt has been 40 years since a PSA 727 smashed into a Cessna over San Diego, killing everyone onboard both aircraft and some on the ground.  There were a couple looks back in the media this week, and I thought this one was a good read.  It’s remarkable to think about just how far we’ve come since then. Two for the road:Norwegian Air drops four U.S.-Europe routes; Scotland, ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Usa, Psa, San Diego, Edinburgh, Belfast, Montreal, Boeing, Pond, Royal Air Maroc, Norwegian, Links I Love, Hartford, Cessna, Scotland Northern Ireland


3 Links I Love: Interviewing United Execs, Ramping Up Against Gulf Carriers, Sun Country Look Back

Tomorrow is Dorkfest!  Hope to see some of you at In-N-Out by LAX between 11 and 1p… This week’s featured link:How United’s Working to Right the Ship: An Interview With UA Leaders – The Points GuyChris Sloan did an interview with United COO Greg Hart and CCO Andrew Nocella.  It’s a long read and worthwhile, but I found it interesting that some of the comments made seem to go against what Scott Kirby told me and others at Boyd this year.  In particular, the COO says the airline is investing in t...
Tags: Travel, Minneapolis, US, United, Uae, American, Coo, Links I Love, Don, Andrew Nocella, UA, Boyd, Dulles, Doug Parker, Scott Kirby, Greg Hart


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This week’s featured link:Original Disruptor Southwest Airlines Survives on Ruthless Business Savvy – SkiftHere’s a nice, non-fluffy article about Southwest, where it has come from, and where it may be going.  Too many Southwest articles focus on the origin story and gloss over the nuts and bolts of what’s happened since then.  This one doesn’t. Two for the road:Norwegian Air Starts Selling $18 Tickets for Argentina Flights – BloombergThe long-awaited Norwegian adventure in Argentina has be...
Tags: Travel, Argentina, Norwegian, Links I Love, Southwest, Hawai, Hawaiian, Bellanca, Bellanca Comes Home Hawaiian Airlines


3 Links I Love: Interviewing Scott Kirby, The First Airport Hotel, Wake Up Airplane

This week’s featured link: United Airlines President on Turning Skeptics Into Believers – Skift As you know, I love interviews.  Here’s one with Scott Kirby, United’s President. Two for the road: Fresh News About Old Airport Hotels – Stuck at the Airport Can’t say I’d ever wondered which airport hotel was the first, but now I’m glad I know. Wake up, airplane: Delta technicians inspire kids with morning routine – Delta News Hub Here’s a nice way to go into the holiday weekend.  Anyone flown with...
Tags: Travel, Delta, United, United Airlines, Links I Love, Charlotte, Scott Kirby, Scott Kirby United, Delta News Hub Here


3 Links I Love: Voting on the Future of MEX, Essential Air Service Saved, Killing the Train

This week’s featured link: Lopez Obrador Commits to Unorthodox Vote on $13 Billion Airport – Bloomberg The Mexico City airport saga continues. The incoming president promised he’d stop constructing the new airport (which is already a third built) and focus on expanding the existing one. Now he realizes that’s a terrible idea, but he can’t go back on a promise. So, he’s going to put it to a vote (something that isn’t orthodox at all in Mexico) so that he can place the blame elsewhere. US DOT ...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Mexico, US, Dot, Links I Love, Lopez Obrador, Essential Air Service, Incheon Airport, MEX Essential Air Service, Billion Airport Bloomberg The Mexico City


3 Links I Love: Sabre Warms to NDC, OneJet and WOW Air Face Trouble

This week’s featured link: Sabre Agrees to Pilot New Technologies With American Airlines and Other Travel Giants – Skift Distribution-giant Sabre spent a long, long time fighting against the use of NDC to modernize airline distribution, but under Sean Menke, the company has finally lurched forward and joined the party. That’s a good thing, because it would have been left behind if it continued down its previous self-destructive path. This announcement shows Sabre partnering with the right peop...
Tags: Travel, Pittsburgh, Links I Love, Distribution, Sabre, NDC, Sean Menke, Sabre Warms


3 Links I Love: The Dulles-Miami Shuffle, Flip-Flopping in Georgia, Via Air’s Not-So-Stellar Record

This week’s featured link: United adding Miami-Washington Dulles flights as American drops route – USA Today As someone who lives close to Dulles said to me, “Am I the only one shocked to find out they didn’t already fly this?” Sure enough, United didn’t fly Dulles to Miami, but it will now. I didn’t pick up that American was also dropping the route until I saw it here. I remember back in college when United flew an evening flight from National down to Miami to meet up with its Latin bank dow...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Usa, Georgia, Delta, Miami, Newark, Republican, United, Continental, Links I Love, Nra, Kemp, Dulles, KXAN, Miami Washington Dulles


3 Links I Love: The Island Hopper, Old Airline Maps, Operation Pineapple Tops

This week’s featured link: Watch the new Big Metal Bird: Island Hopper – United Hub This one has always been on the bucket list – flying the famed island hopper that goes between Guam and Honolulu. This video gives a good high-level overview of what’s involved in that flying. Maybe one of these days I’ll do a much more in-depth report on it myself. Two for the road: Continental Washington Dulles diagram, 1987 – Airline Maps There is something transfixing about this blog and its simple premise...
Tags: Travel, United, Links I Love, Maui, Hawai, Honolulu, Hawaiian, Guam, Dulles, Moloka, IAD - Washington/Dulles, Island Hopper United Hub, Continental Washington Dulles


3 Links I Love: Why Won’t Airlines Fly Here?, European Mergers, Spirit’s Next CEO

This week’s featured link: ROBERT PRICE: Struggling airport, growing city: What’s up with that? – Bakersfield.com This kind of of conversation has been had throughout smaller cities around the US. Why can’t we get more service? It’s never the population number that matters. A city with 100,000 consultants who travel every week will get a lot more service than a city with 1,000,000 teachers who don’t. (Yes it’s an oversimplification, but you get the point.) And geography does matter. The pr...
Tags: Travel, La, US, Spain, Spirit, Associated Press, Dublin, Links I Love, Spirit Airlines, Bakersfield, Ted Christie, European Mergers Spirit, City Jet


3 Links I Love: Ode to the Dash, Fare Weakness, Asiana Crash Response

This week’s featured link: Dash 8: The Piedmont Story – YouTube As you know from reading the blog, Piedmont just retired its last Dash 8 from service. It had flown that airplane for more than 30 years, so you can imagine that it was an important aircraft to the airline. Turns out, it was so important that Piedmont put together a half-hour documentary looking at the airplane, and it is just delightful. At the very least, put this on in the background while you work. You’ll enjoy it. Two for ...
Tags: Travel, Links I Love, Piedmont, Asiana, San Francisco International Airport, SFO - San Francisco


3 Links I Love: More EAS Cuts, Boeing and Embraer Cuddle Up, Hope for Mexico City

This week’s featured link: US DOT terminates EAS availability at 21 communities – ch-aviation It’s that time again when the Department of Transportation culls the list of essential air service markets. This year, 21 airports are in danger of losing their service, though we know not all will be kicked out. Two for the road: Boeing to take over Embraer unit, taking on Airbus-Bombardier – Reuters The big two aircraft manufacturers have consolidated their power. Soon after Airbus closed on the de...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, US, Mexico City, Airbus, Boeing, Department Of Transportation, Government Regulation, Links I Love, Bombardier, Embraer, Embraer 190, Airbus Bombardier Reuters


3 Links I Love: Spirit Goes Back to the Caribbean, Cathay Pacific Shuns a Trend, Flying Air Greeland

This week’s featured link: Going Global in Orlando! Spirit Airlines Announces Major International Expansion – Spirit Airlines Years ago, Spirit poured its efforts into building a Latin/Caribbean network primarily (but not exclusively) focused on Ft Lauderdale. Then for awhile, it really shifted to the domestic network, leaving international growth as an afterthought. Well, turn the jets back on… Orlando is getting a whole ton of new Latin/Caribbean routes. All of these are sub-daily with the ...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, Spirit, Greenland, Jetblue, Orlando, Bogota, Links I Love, Cathay Pacific, Air Greenland, Cathay, Latin Caribbean, Caribbean Cathay Pacific, VisitGreenland


3 Links I Love: Airline CEOs Gather in Sydney, Heathrow Steps Ahead, Elite Airways

This week’s featured link: So Long, Sydney: Take-Aways From IATA’s Meeting of World’s Airline Execs – Stuck at the Airport I’ve still never been to IATA’s annual general meeting (AGM), because there always seems to be some kind of conflict. One day I hope to go since it’s quite the impressive gathering of airline CEOs. I didn’t find all that much newsy coming out of the event this year, but Harriet put together a brief synopsis with some links for those who want to see more about what went on....
Tags: Travel, Bbc, Maine, Heathrow, Sydney, Links I Love, Harriet, IATA, Bimini, Elite Airways, Bill Green, John Pearsall, LHR - London/Heathrow, Heathrow Steps Ahead Elite Airways


3 Links I Love: Explaining the Lufthansa Livery, Flight 1, California Pacific Tries Again

This week’s featured link: Exclusive Interview: Lufthansa Explains Its New Livery, Why Yellow Was Dropped (+Photos) – Airways Though the commenters on this article trashed the piece for not really getting answers, I found it fascinating to hear the designer’s take on why Lufthansa ended up with the new livery that was chosen. I know it all sounds fluffy to me, but that’s because I’m not able to appreciate the nuance that comes with design work like this in general. It’s totally lost on me, but...
Tags: Travel, London, London city, Newark, Jfk, Lufthansa, James, Links I Love, Southwest, Westjet, Shannon, Carlsbad, California Pacific, Caifornia Pacific, Lufthansa Livery, California Pacific Tries Again


3 Links I Love: The Dutch Fight Back, WOW India, Lowering Airport Costs

This week’s featured link: Air France Turmoil Is Said to Spur KLM to Seek Change at Top – Bloomberg Finally, the Dutch are revolting! Or at least, they’re starting to show their frustration with the complete and total mess that is Air France. KLM has to be regretting its decision to merge with Air France mightily, and now that anger is starting to seep out into the public eye. Thanks to Air France’s inability to handle anything well, KLM now wants increased responsibility at the group level. ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, US, Middle East, Iceland, Delhi, St Louis, KLM, Pittsburgh, Links I Love, Ont - Ontario, Air France, Ontario, Raytheon, Air France KLM, Ontario International Airport


3 Links I Love: The Mexico City Airport Problem, Air France in Jeopardy, KLM and Mauritius

This week’s featured link: Critics Take Aim at Mexico City’s Wild New Airport – CityLab If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that Mexico City needs more room at its airport. The place is bursting at the seams, and demand for new capacity is high. There’s a new mega-airport being built that will solve this problem… but one of the main candidates running for president wants to scrap it mid-construction and do something different. What a mess. Two for the road: French Minister Warns ...
Tags: Travel, Labor, Southeast Asia, Mexico City, KLM, Mauritius, Links I Love, Air France, Mexico City Airport Problem Air France, Bloomberg Oh Air France


3 Links I Love: WOW Gets Crazy, Hawaiian Stories, United’s New Coach Seat

This Week’s Featured Link: Iceland’s WOW air eyes first foreign hub, Asian routes – ch-aviation I can’t say this news about WOW is making me all that bullish on the airline. It has exploited Iceland’s geography to build a massive connecting hub between North America and Europe. I don’t see that as sustainable in the long run as aircraft technology improves, but it’s a perfectly good option now. But WOW is now talking about a secondary hub in someplace warmer. Good luck with that. And new As...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Iceland, North America, United, United Airlines, Links I Love, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaiian, Kahului Airport, Wandering Aramean United, Crazy Hawaiian Stories United 's New Coach Seat, Tom Wilmer


3 Links I Love: Two Airlines Pour Money into JetSuite, Evolution of Ontario, Prescott’s Options

This week’s featured link: JetSuite Plans Big Expansion With New Investments From Qatar Airways And JetBlue – Forbes I continue to scratch my head over the announcement that Qatar Airways will put money into JetSuite, and JetBlue will up its investment. I totally get it from JetSuite’s side. It’s trying to expand and it’s not profitable, so it wants more money to fuel growth. But what is Qatar going to get out of this? And why is JetBlue doubling down and putting more money into the currentl...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Arizona, Jetblue, Links I Love, Ont - Ontario, Southern California, Ontario, Prescott, Qatar Airways, Benét Wilson, Hawthorne, Ontario International Airport, Occam, JetSuite, Ontario Prescott


3 Links I Love: Why Dogs Die on United, Hawaiian and Emirates Interviews

This week’s featured link: More dogs die on United than on any other airline. Here’s why. – The Washington Post I never wrote about United’s dog problems, but you most certainly heard about them elsewhere. You’ve probably heard that more dogs die on United than on other airlines, but here’s the actual reason why. The thing is, if you’re United, you may be doing a service to some people who have no other choice, but the second one dog dies, you will be vilified. Anything United does wrong is u...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Emirates, Associated Press, North America, The Washington Post, United, Links I Love, Southwest, Peter, Hawaiian, Peter Ingram, United Hawaiian, Emirates Interviews, Anything United


3 Links I Love: The Qantas, Singapore, and Air New Zealand Long-Haul Edition

This week’s featured link: Qantas flights direct from London to Perth – we reveal the hell of flying non-stop 17 hours from Australia in economy on the UK’s longest route – The Sun We have a theme this week, and it’s all about really long flights. Forget the stupid click-bait headline on this one. This is still a worthy read despite its tabloid-y style. The idea of flying 17 hours crammed into a coach seat where the sun never rises sounds just downright awful. If you live in Eastern Australi...
Tags: Travel, UK, London, Australia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Middle East, New Zealand, Qantas, Perth, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Links I Love, Flint Michigan, Chicago Tribune, Eastern Australia


3 Links I Love: Interviewing American’s President, Dead ATC Reform, Autonomous Vehicles at Airports

This week’s featured link: High Flyer Interview: American Airlines President, Robert Isom – Airways Chris Sloan sat with Robert Isom recently to talk about a variety of topics from the 737 MAX to how to better support employees. Two for the road: Post-Mortem on 2017 US ATC Corporation Effort Reason Foundation via View from the Wing Curious what happened to air traffic control reform? Apparently the President gave up on it, so proponents did too. Self-driving snowplows are clearing runways at...
Tags: Travel, Links I Love, American Airlines, Robert Isom, ATC Reform Autonomous Vehicles, Robert Isom Airways Chris Sloan, US ATC Corporation Effort Reason Foundation, LA Aviation