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3 Links I Love: Jet is Another Etihad Failure, Pittsburgh Fight, Mr Awesome’s 727

This week’s featured link Jet Airways temporarily shuts operations as lenders refuse emergency funds – Times of IndiaI’m going to go ahead and call that headline misleading even if it may technically possibly be true. If Jet couldn’t get funding to keep flying, what’s the chance it can get money to actually make this a “temporary” grounding? My expectations are low, just like they are for every airline Etihad has invested in. Watch out, Virgin Australia. Let’s hope the Etihad curse someho...
Tags: Travel, La, Nashville, Abu Dhabi, Virgin Australia, Boeing, Etihad, Pittsburgh, Links I Love, Jet Airways, Calder, Miami Airport, Pittsburgh Post, Chris Sloan, MIA - Miami, Etihad Failure Pittsburgh Fight Mr Awesome


3 Links I Love: Blue Country, China Airlines in Ontario, and More

Sun Country’s Jude Bricker on the carrier’s makeover – Travel WeeklyQuote of the interview: “I would say our business is going to be more analogous to JetBlue.” Interesting comparison. Image of the Week: China Airlines had its first full month flying to Ontario in April of last year. In late October, the airline switched to a smaller A350 and soon after re-timed the flight to be more customer-friendly. As you can see, loads have climbed nicely. I should note, this is based on what I see ...
Tags: Travel, Usa, New York, Jetblue, Links I Love, Ontario, Southwest, China Airlines, Jude Bricker, Blue Country China Airlines


3 Links I Love: Kirby Talks, United Should Walk, and AirAsia Gets Locked (Out)

Somehow this didn’t post last Friday and I just found it. So, I’m putting it live. This week’s featured link: One-on-one with United president Scott Kirby – SFGateAs always, I’m a sucker for an interview. There’s nothing particularly earth-shattering in here, but it’s always good to hear how a senior leader talks about his airline. Image of the Week: It’s a video, to be clear, but WestJet’s April Fools joke was by far my favorite. Two for the road: United Airlines offe...
Tags: Travel, Indonesia, United, United Airlines, Airasia, Links I Love, Westjet, Lion Air, Garuda, Scott Kirby, DEN - Denver, Kirby Talks United Should Walk, United Airlines Memorial Coliseum United


3 Links I Love: The Electric Airline, Qantas Claims Success, Asiana’s Troubles

I’m starting something different this week. Since I’m sick of looking at my standard image every Friday, I’m going to add an “image of the week” to this post when there’s something that grabs me. (I can’t guarantee it’ll happen every week.) This week, I’m starting off with proof that a 7-year old can do better photoshop work than I can. My son did this drawing of Lufthansa, his favorite airline — he carries an old Schabak 747 model around with him all over — departing from LAX. This week’s...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, London, Australia, Qantas, Melbourne, Perth, Lufthansa, Links I Love, Asiana, Electric Airline Qantas, Schabak, Elliot Image, Asiana Airlines Liquidity


3 Links I Love: United’s Network Brain Trust, BA’s New Suite, Southwest Makes a Deal

This week’s featured link: Meet the route planners mapping United’s future – Crain’s Chicago BusinessHere’s a nice look at the dynamic duo behind United’s recent network strategy. Patrick Quayle (international) and Ankit Gupta (domestic) both came from American and have clearly been having way too much fun getting United’s network in shape. Two for the road: BA’s new Collins Club Suite opens Pandora’s Door of questions – Runway Girl NetworkAfter years of watching other airlines...
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Pandora, Ba, United, British Airways, Links I Love, Southwest, Crain, John Walton, Ankit Gupta, Patrick Quayle, United 's Network Brain Trust BA, Collins Club Suite, BloombergSouthwest


3 Links I Love: Azul To Buy Parts of Avianca, More BA Airplane Porn, Buzz is Back

Azul Signs Non-Binding Agreement to Acquire Selected Assets of Avianca Brasil – AzulThings keep moving in Brazil, and Azul keeps growing. I believe Avianca Brasil had about 10 percent of the market, so this might vault Azul into being the biggest airline in the country. British Airways New Livery. Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography Copyright 2019 LANDOR HOPE AND GLORY: 747 TOUCHES DOWN AT HEATHROW – British Airways Media CentreBA just keeps killing it with these retro liveries....
Tags: Travel, Ryanair, Heathrow, Brazil, Links I Love, Azul, Avianca Brasil, Landor, British Airways Media CentreBA, Ryanair Sun


3 Links I Love: Sun Country Cuts Costs, Paine Field Flies Commercial, Hawai’i Reacts to Southwest

Sun Country CEO gets very real on the airline’s quest for financial sustainability – MinnPostHere’s a good interview with Sun Country CEO Jude Bricker. Note at the end how Sun Country is focusing on cost reduction now. Unit revenue growth efforts will come later. So enjoy those cheap fares on marginal routes while you can… (via @mipo777) A new era: Our first commercial flights launch at Paine Field – Alaska Airlines BlogI figured it was worth nothing that we have a new commercial air...
Tags: Travel, Alaska Airlines, Links I Love, Southwest, Hawai, Sun Country, Jude Bricker, Paine Field Alaska Airlines, US Paine Field


3 Links I Love: Hidden City Ticketing, Mokulele Cuts, California Pacific Tries a Comeback

This week’s featured link: The travel trick that airlines hate – BBC capitalWhen I was in Dallas this week, I got into a long discussion with a few friends about hidden-city ticketing. (That kind of conversation, by the way, is exactly what happens when a bunch of AvGeeks get together.) There are plenty of varying opinions on the practice, but here’s where I stand. I see no issue with airline practices that result in hidden-city opportunities, and if they want to ban people from buying tho...
Tags: Travel, Bbc, Hawaii, Dallas, Airlines, Fares, Lufthansa, Links I Love, California Pacific, Mokulele Airlines, Mokulele, Southern Air Express, Caifornia Pacific, California Pacific Airlines, Escondido GrapevineUh


3 Links I Love: British Airplane Porn, Dulles Grows, More Regional Madness

This week’s featured link: BOAC TO THE FUTURE AS BRITISH AIRWAYS’ 747 IN HERITAGE DESIGN LANDS AT HEATHROW – British Airways Media CentreI will forgive the punny headline, because this airplane is just… I mean… there are no words to adequately describe this piece of airplane porn right here. This is the definition of a classic, timeless livery, and the 747-400 does it proud. Thank you British Airways for doing this. BOAC 747 Taken: 18th February 2019 Picture by: Stuart Bailey ...
Tags: Travel, Usa, US, Reagan, Heathrow, British Airways, Boac, Links I Love, Airways, Dulles, IAD - Washington/Dulles, DCA - Washington/National, British Airways Media CentreI, Stuart Bailey Two, National Of course National


3 Links I Love: Air France Exec Turmoil, Regional Madness Since 1990, KLM Starts to Say Goodbye to the 747

This week’s featured link: Air France-KLM Said to Weigh Changing Dutch Head for New Era – BloombergThis is a sad by-product of Air France finally gaining competent management. KLM boss Pieter Elbers has successfully kept KLM flying high, partially by keeping it as separate as possible from its drunken, moronic sister, Air France. But now, Air France has Ben Smith at the helm of the group, and he wants to see the airlines get closer, gain efficiency. That’s the right thing to do, but it put...
Tags: Travel, Ben Smith, KLM, Boeing, Links I Love, Air France, 747, Don, Pieter, Ben, Pieter Elbers, Air France KLM, Air France But now Air France


3 Links I Love: The Lion Air Crash, An A220 Mini-Series, WOW’s Plan

This week’s featured link: Behind the Lion Air Crash, a Trail of Decisions Kept Pilots in the Dark – The New York TimesThis accident has fascinated me since it happened, and the picture is becoming more clear. While Boeing undoubtedly should have done more to make sure pilots knew this MCAS system was onboard, the accident still shouldn’t have happened. It looks more and more like pilot error combined with maintenance issues. Two for the road: ‘Best in Class:’ Delta teams prep...
Tags: Travel, New York, Delta, Boeing, Cnbc, Links I Love, Lion Air, Leslie, Accidents/Incidents, Bill Franke


3 Links I Love: Southwest Pays the FAA, Air Tahiti Nui CEO Interview, United Goes Free

Southwest paid for FAA inspector during shutdown – MarketWatchShrewd move by Southwest or inappropriate preferential treatment that casts shame over the government? HIGH FLYER INTERVIEW: THE AIR TAHITI NUI TRANSFORMATION ACCORDING TO ITS CHIEFS – AirwaysIt’s time for another CEO interview. This time it’s with the little guy in the Pacific, Air Tahiti Nui. Though the airline is small, it’s currently going through a fleet renewal replacing A340s with 787s, so it’s an interesting time ...
Tags: Travel, Faa, United, Links I Love, Southwest, Tahiti, FAA Air Tahiti Nui CEO Interview United Goes Free, Pacific Air Tahiti Nui


3 Links I Love: Brexit’s Impact, O’Hare Terminal Plans, Flying Air France La Premiere

This week’s featured link: Statement: Current Flights Protected, but Future Growth at Risk from No Deal Brexit – IATACurious what the real impact of Brexit would be on flights if there’s no deal? IATA lays it out clearly. There is little impact on the US, but between the UK and the Continent… capacity could have to be cut. Two for the road: Here are the 5 ideas being proposed for O’Hare’s massive expansion – Chicago TribuneThe five proposals for O’Hare big new terminal projec...
Tags: Travel, UK, La, Israel, US, Chicago, Paris, Hare, Brexit, Government Regulation, Links I Love, Air France, Bernie, IATA, O Hare, ORD - Chicago/O'Hare


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