New flights announced: From Travel Weekly: USA 3000 gets DOT nod for 3 more routes(10/31/2002) WASHINGTON -- USA 3000 Airlines, sister company to Apple Vacations, received Transportation Department approval to offer three more scheduled service routes: Baltimore and Cincinnati to Cancun, Mexico, and...Jump to post
Hi everyone: Not sure if this has been discussed yet, but it looks interesting to me. From Travel Weekly: KLM affiliate to link Miami, S. Caribbean (10/21/2002) KRALENDIJK, Bonaire -- KLM formed BonairExel, with service to start around Dec. 1, pending Netherlands Antilles government approval. Based ...Jump to post
Here's some ancedotal evidence that an attack is in the future. At the travel agency where I work, we had a large group cancel their reservations for a cruise due to depart in November. These passengers were all members of the US military. They indicated that they really wanted to take the cruise, b...Jump to post
I'll start the ball rolling and let the experts here fill in the rest. Which airline ceos have experience with other carriers. American- Don McCarty, past experience with Canadian Pacific Continental- Gordon Bethune, past experience with Braniff Air Tran - Joe Leonard, with Eastern? Please help fill...Jump to post
Air Jamaica is courting connecting traffic as evidenced by the following sale fares: Introductory sale fares to Belize, for bookings through Sept. 30, and travel from Nov. 21 to Dec. 12, begin at $415 roundtrip from Orlando or Atlanta, $440 from Boston, Baltimore or Philadelphia, $460 from New York ...Jump to post
According to the DOT, the applicants are: US Airways said it wants the slots for Las Vegas service. America West wants them for a second daily Las Vegas flight, American wants them for Los Angeles, Delta for Salt Lake City, Frontier for a second daily Denver flight and United for Los Angeles. Regard...Jump to post
Good to see a new destination added. Air Jamaica will use the A321 for this route. From Travel Weekly: Air Jamaica plans Mo' Bay-Belize nonstops(9/23/2002) KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Air Jamaica said it will launch nonstop service to Belize from its Montego Bay hub on Nov. 2. The service will operate four...Jump to post
Looks as if the financial situation is as some have feared. From Travel Weekly: BWIA chairman: Line in 'severe cash crunch'(9/23/2002) PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- "The day of reckoning" is upon BWIA, declared chairman Lawrence Duprey, who warned the Trinidad and Tobago airline faces "a severe cash cr...Jump to post
Off the original topic, but this post seems to be drifting that way. In geographical terms, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey are on the Asian continent. In political terms, they are not. Big distinction here. Understand the history of the term Middle East and Far East. These are all labels used by Bri...Jump to post
Spotted a DL 727 at IAH this Sunday morning. Most probably IAH-ATL.
From Travel Weekly: Aeromexico sets San Diego-Loreto nonstops (9/10/2002) MEXICO CITY -- Aeromexico, Mexico's largest airline, is betting that customers will want to "rediscover" Loreto, the oldest town in Baja California Sur. Aeromexico said it plans to inaugurate the only nonstop service from San ...Jump to post
From Travel Weekly: National gets financing; expects Ch. 11 exit (9/5/2002) 'The unwavering support of our loyal and growing customer base and our travel agent partners cannot be overemphasized.' Michael Conway president, CEO National Airlines LAS VEGAS -- National Airlines, flying under Chapter 11 ...Jump to post
Heard this one? A mother and her son were flying Southwest Airlines from Kansas City to Chicago. The son (who had been looking out the window) turned to his mother and asked, "If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don't big planes have baby planes?" The mother (who couldn't thi...Jump to post
Here's a little more info: From Travel Weekly: Varig changes CEO, to suspend N.Y.-Sao Paulo (8/20/2002) NEW YORK -- Brazilian airline Varig changed its leadership Aug. 19 amid continuing financial troubles caused in part by the country's troubled currency, and service on its New York-Sao Paulo route...Jump to post
Hkgspotter1: Here is a direct quote from American today: The first Fokker 100 will leave the fleet in the third quarter of 2003, and the last of the 74 planes will retire by the third quarter of 2005, American said. Since the F-100 is not common with other aircraft types, crew-training savings in ph...Jump to post
Great point, LMP737. I am in the process or re-reading Bethune's book From Worst to First. Part of the reason for the turnaround of CO was the refinancing of leases with GE Capital. By getting some of the deposits back from Boeing, and by having GE Capital refinance their leases, CO gained valuable ...Jump to post
There is more to it than Bethune's ties to Boeing. CO was in a severe cash crunch when Bethune assumed the role of CEO. CO had many millions tied up in deposits on future Boeing aircraft. Boeing gave back half of these deposits to CO when CO desparately needed the cash. Hardly likely that Airbus, or...Jump to post
The Mexican governent, bowing to political pressure, has announced that they will not build the proposed airport where planned. Any ideas where they might try to build next? <a href="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/printstory.hts/world/1518883" target=_blank>http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/printstory.hts/wo...Jump to post
Jetblue really seems interested in defending its strategy at Long Beach, even if entails losing money. It does not matter how low your cost structure is, a loss is a loss. For jetBlue's sake, taking on AA, DL, UA, WN all at one time surely will have negative consequences profit wise for jetBlue. Nee...Jump to post
It all seems fairly asinine to me. If there are only two major suppliers, there should be some semblance of price integrity. What are the airlines going to do, not order any new planes if the prices are more rational? The point of business is to turn a profit. Not to garner national prestige. (It se...Jump to post
Interesting perspective, with some very valid points.
I would not advocate any limitations PROVIDING that they are posted in the non aviation forum.
However, it is very tiring to see gay themed posts in the aviation forum. The aviation forum is for aviation issues. Sexual orientation has nothing to do with the vast majority of aviation issues.
Interesting tidbit from today's Travel Weekly: Continental and KLM are making some significant changes to their code-share arrangement. According to notices they submitted to the DOT, as of July 1 KLM will stop putting its code on most if not all of Continental's domestic routes out of its Houston a...Jump to post
Amen. This will further help connect the oil regions of Nigeria with Houston, with the Continental/KLM alliance having both KL IAH-AMS 747 service and CO IAH-AMS 767 service. My understanding is that there is a good amount of oil industry related traffic between Houston and Nigeria, as well as Houst...Jump to post
I am planning on dropping by to check out the festivites since I live in Houston.
The official website is http://www.videcomp.com/ai2002/index.html
They use a 747 because of all the loot these passengers buy.
A couple of points: The article indicates that KQ is getting "lost" in the marketing efforts of KLM and NW, thus the need to do their own marketing. I would imagine that a NW/KL/CO hub would give them the connecting passengers to make a KQ flight viable. Maybe an EWR flight with a codeshare with CO ...Jump to post
Kenya Airways is opening 6 new sales offices in North America. Anyone know if/when any new service is planned for US or Canada? According to this article, they are hoping to start North American service in the future. Any guesses as to which cities? From Travel Weekly: NEWS - Airlines Kenya Airways ...Jump to post
NEWS BRIEFS NEWS FROM TIA'S INTERNATIONAL POW WOW: * J. W. “Bill” Marriott Jr., a leader in getting government support for the travel and tourism industry after the terrorist attacks, said the industry may already be losing its post-Sept. 11 clout in Congress. “I’m afraid we&...Jump to post
Looks like CO and US are moving closer to making this a done deal. From Travel Weekly: US Airways would be a “welcome partner” in the Oneworld alliance, but American believes the carrier already has made up its mind to strike a deal with Continental, said David Cush, American’s vic...Jump to post
Rogue Trader: You are missing the obvious in your posts on AF's role at IAH. This is not an O/D flight. CDG serves Houston as a gateway to the rest of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. LH and KL use their flights in much the same way, with their extensive networks from FRA and AMS. CO's IAH...Jump to post
Edinburgh EDI is offering incentives to Continental for service to EWR. Anyone here thing this route would have the loads to be profitable? Would it be a continuation of service to Glasgow or nonstop? Saturday, 25th May 2002 Airlines urged to explore direct route to US ALASTAIR JAMIESON AIRPORT boss...Jump to post