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Charlotte’s rising prominence

It’s no secret that through the years Charlotte has risen through the ranks to become US Airways’ predominent hub. But this chart included in an investor presentation today illustrates the importance of Charlotte’s traffic flows. Charlotte now accounts for 36% of US Airways’ capacity, part of a broader strategy to centre 99% of its flying at the […]

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Mr Pasionado speaks

Latin aviation pioneer Bobby Booth was recently honoured in Miami by Boeing and ALTA for his numerous contributions to the powerhouse Latin market that according to IATA’s estimates recorded a 10.4% jump in traffic for the 11 months ending November 2011, up from 9% the year prior. Booth’s deep roots in Latin America date back to his birth […]

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Quick numbers

If you’re wondering how the US carriers did on unit revenue performance basis here’s quick rundown of the four majors and two large LCCs. I didn’t list Southwest, since there was a lot of AirTran noise in its quaterly results.  For your reference or a quick refresher — Foundations of Airline Finance authored by Bijan Vasigh, […]

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American, labor and a number toss

I won’t go into the details of the recent frenzy of speculation over a potential Chapter 11 filing by American Airlines. Many with an intellect far broader than mine have weighed in on the odds since AMR’s stock plunge on October 3.   What is interesting is managment’s dialogue regarding a new push for “transformational” […]

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The Godfather Speaks

For some reason I’ve got it in my head that US Airways chief Doug Parker needs to be crowned the godfather of US airline consoliation that was jump started during the last decade. I’m winding down from the Boyd Group’s International Aviation Forecast Summit in Albuquerque and I’m thinking about the opening montage video aessing […]

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For Delta, the price tag rules

Delta’s decision to opt for the Boeing 737-900ER instead of the re-engined version unveiled by the airframer as part of the massive order announced by American last month might leave some scratching their heads.  My colleague Jon Ostrower has broken a superb piece in which sources indicate the re-engined options from both Boeing and Airbus were […]

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The sting of scope

No doubt pilots at St Louis-based Trans States Airlines are welcoming a tenative argreement boosting salaries for captains by nearly 12% while first officers are set to enjoy a 14.5% rise. But what I find most interesting was this quote planted in the release issued by ALPA. “Trans States pilots provided Trans States Holdings the financial […]

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Demand — what do you wager?

Demand erosion — it’s as equally unpleasant sounding as it is daunting. But for many of us that’s what we eager to hear airline execs talk about later this month as the frenzied earning season kicks in for Americas-based airlines. Have the fare increases that were so prevalent earlier this year waned as oil has […]

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AB’s chat with Gary Kelly

Here’s a plug for the June cover story of Airline Business — I had the chance to sit down with Gary Kelly as Southwest was on the verge of closing its high profile acquisition of AirTran. Kelly is not blind to the formidable tasks that lie ahead during the next couple of years as AirTran […]

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Southwest starts Traxing

Southwest has made the first move to an AirTran technology platform by adopting the Trax enterprise resource system used by AirTran’s maintenance department. Back in October Southwest  vice president of maintenance and engineering Brian Hirshman told me Southwest was giving Trax a lot of consideration, explaining the “Wizard” platform used by the carrier as an […]

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