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U.S. Summer Air Travel 2004

Wed Jun 02, 2004 5:14 pm

Ok... Im assuming that since summer is upon us here in the U.S., the flight loads on nearly every flight and/or airline is full...give or take. I would imagine given to the state that the U.S. carriers are in financial distress, maybe this summer will help U.S. carriers generate some sort of profit or break even. Last summer saw full flights hit records for many airlines. On average, airlines filled more than 80% of seats. Hopefully this will help UA, US and DL survive into 2005 if they do earn a profit this summer. But with fuel prices soaring and involuntary denied boardings on full flights this summer is a totally different story.
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RE: U.S. Summer Air Travel 2004

Wed Jun 02, 2004 7:22 pm

It should be interesting at least with an economy supposedly improving (sure doesn't seem like that here in Seattle), but rising fuel prices it's hard to predict what will happen with the summer travel season. Personally I think it will do well no matter what happens just from the economic numbers.

Interesting article, but not surprising. it's an interesting business practice trying to overbook to maximize loads. I understand why they do it, but I've often wondered how efficient of a business practice it is. After all.. fuel is the number two cost for airlines... personnel is number one and when you bump people voluntarily or involuntarily it take staff time.

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