Flight Blog

 

The consultant who's writing our airport's new master plan has compiled a list of the airlines serving our airport since airline  deregulation in 1978. Take a look at the chart. It vividly illustrates the huge changes in the industry.

 

See the service to Tulsa, Kansas City and Little Rock? A present day airline wouldn't even consider serving those near-by cities. And notice all the big jets the airlines used to serve this market before 2001 — the 737s and 727s. These days the airlines use regional jets to fly into small markets like ours. The regional jets are denoted as the CRJs and ERJs.

 


Feb 22 2011 Fares on the March, Redux! BY sgf-adminTAGS Fares

 

wingsdollars1Most airlines tried raising fares last week, but they didn't stick because US Airways wouldn't play ball. This week, "American, United, Continental and US Airways raised prices Monday by $20 to $60 per round trip on some tickets favored by business travelers." That's according to the Associated Press. Oil prices are the culprit, not to mention the fear of energy prices going substantially higher due to the unrest in Egypt and Libya. Get the deep background from Flightglobal.


Feb 15 2011 American Eagle Spin Off? BY sgf-adminTAGS American

 

AMR Corporation, which is the parent company of American Airlines and American Eagle Airlines, may be close to divesting American Eagle. That's according to Bloomberg News, quoting a pilot's union official.

Any news about Eagle catches our attention because it provides us with service to Chicago and Dallas/Ft. Worth. AMR has talked about selling Eagle for several years due to the high cost of running the commuter airline.

Bloomberg reports, "Unloading Eagle would let Fort Worth, Texas-based American seek cheaper ways to fly regional routes. A spinoff, public offering, leveraged buyout and sale to a private-equity buyer were among the possibilities under review..."

 


Feb 14 2011 Flirting Whilst Flying? BY sgf-adminTAGS Misc.

 

"45% of passengers admit to flirting whilst flying, whilst 95% want to join the mile high club..."

The Queen's English makes this piece from skyscanner.com all the more amusing. Read the rest of the story here.


Feb 10 2011 Fares on the March! BY sgf-adminTAGS Fares

 

wingsdollars1There have been so many fare hikes lately that we've stopped mentioning them. This one really gets your attention though...

 

 "United and Continental airlines are raising fares on U.S. business travelers by $20 to $60 for a round-trip ticket." Read the rest of the story from the Houston Chronicle.