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Touring Tulsa

Journalists from around the globe last Monday finally made it to Tulsa last after the ripple effect from weather around Dallas caused massive delays around Dallas Fort Worth. But eventually we all arrived and embarked on a two day journey of Tulsa and Oklahoma City’s aerospace bastions. The largest being American’s massive maintenance base in […]

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Remember REDjet?

You know the upstart Caribbean airline that aimed to launch last December?  Well they’ve now officially said their launch is a go for 8 May, and tickets go on sale 13 April.  Here’s an email sent out by CEO Ian Burns today. The Management team and staff of REDjet are pleased to announce that as […]

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Culinary and comfort delights at US Airways

I grabbed some quick video of the new first class seat being installed on US Airways Express CRJ700/900s and E-170s/175s at the carrier’s “unplugged” event (previously known as media day) here in Tempe. The seats are being supplied by C&D Zodiac, and are offering 37-38 inches of pitch. Here’s a bit more about the first […]

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Gary Kelly talks about sticking to point to point and AirTran Integration

Southwest cheif exectuive Gary Kelly was insightful on a wide range of issues at the JP Morgan Aviation, Transportation and Defense conference today.  Here’s his take — in his own words — about evolving to capture more passengers while sticking to the point-to-point basics. Be sure to also read his take on the AirTran integration. […]

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United’s fleet cuts

Prior to United-Continental’s chief hinting 737-500s and 767-200ERs might be cut due to spiking fuel costs, we did our own analysis of the carrier’s fleet. Below is a terrific chart our data team put together grouping the carrier’s fleet into age bands and some commentary. United-Continental could remove a range of aircraft to trim capacityLori Ranson, Washington DC […]

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Austin’s mayor keeps it subtle

We’re here in Austin for Network USA and today we heard a kickoff speech from the city’s mayor and former Delta pilot Lee Leffingwell, who offered a hint to city’s aspirations of obtaining international service. Highlighting the 12,248ft main runway at Austin-Bergstrom Internatioanl airport Leffingwell says it’s ideal for intertional flights from carrier’s using some […]

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Lufthansa’s A380 makes it North American debut

Here’s some rough footage from my smartphone of a bit of the Lufthansa A380, which touched down at JFK on Monday. 

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Alaska’s chief thinks Southwest would say “not guilty”

Alaska Air Group chief executive William Ayer believes his company would be found “not guilty” in the fee court of Southwest Airlines. Southwest followed its “Bags Fly Free” campaign with a roll-out of a series of commercials featuring “Fee Court” scenarios where other airlines are taken to task for charging outrageous change fees. During a […]

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Sharing the dough on Cupid’s day

US carriers are attempting to share some love, and more importantly cash, on this St. Valentines Day. United-Continental is handing $224 million in profit sharing today while Delta is passing out $331 million. Soutwest also gave its employees a $150 bonus just ahead of the holiday today. Delta’s $331 million payout is the largest in […]

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5 Minute Capital

CIT has launched a podcast series dubbed 5 Minute Capital featuring company execs commenting on current markets and trends. In this addition CIT President of Transportation Finance Jeffrey Knittel shares some insight gleaned from the company’s 2011 Global Aerospace Outlook . Knittel sits down with Stuart Feil, Editoral Director of Forbes Insights, to talk about what […]

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