Sep 24 2012 Catch As Catch Can BY sgf-admin TAGS

I've got a bunch of tid-bits to share, none of which really deserve their own posting. Here they are, in no particular order...

I spent part of last week in Dallas at the International Aviation Forecast Summit. It's an annual event that includes airlines, airports, and aircraft manufacturers. Here are a few of the summit's insights:

REGIONAL JETS

Aug 06 2012 United Digital Media Store BY sgf-admin TAGS

 

Suppose you had 1500 frequent flyer miles. Which would you rather spend them on: air fare or a digital music download? With today's introduction of the MileagePlus Digital Media Store, United Airlines is betting that some of you will say music. Or a movie.

You can spend 1,375 miles and get Blown Away. That's the name of an album by Carrie Underwood. Or how about a movie called God Save My Shoes? You can rent it for 460 miles, or buy it for 2,545 miles.

Apr 19 2012 Airport Passenger Numbers Up for 1Q BY sgf-admin TAGS

 

The nation's airlines begin reporting their first quarter profits today. Good news is not expected. The price of fuel is the killer -- up approximately 30% since this time last year.

While the news looks gloomy for the airlines, things are bright and sunny here in Springfield. Our airport finished the quarter with a 10% increase in total passenger numbers. Here are the numbers for the first three months of the year:

 

Apr 18 2012 Strange, But True? BY sgf-admin TAGS

 

We've been following for several weeks the back and forth speculation in the business press about Delta Air Lines getting into the oil business...yes, you read right. The oil business.

This week a credible new organization, Reuters, took the story beyond idle gossip and rumor mongering...

Dec 15 2011 Overstuffed? BY sgf-admin TAGS

 

suitcase"Already armed with an exhaustive list of checked bag fees, some airlines are stepping up their enforcement of weight limits for carry-ons. This may lead to aggravation if an airline agent weighs your bag at the gate and then charges you."

Sep 01 2011 Algorithms and Airplanes BY sgf-admin TAGS

 

You know how you really hate the process of boarding a commercial airliner? You gotta stand in line while airline staff sorts the haves from the have nots: "If you're a double-triple-gold-platinum-silver-and-ruby member please cut to the front of the line!"

15 minutes later you stand toe-to-toe in the aisle of the plane. You're in a traffic jam while Joe Six Pack attempts to stuff a full sized Samsonite into the overhead bin... Well, guess what? The airlines want you to board faster!

Aug 25 2011 Bad Ink in the Windy City BY sgf-admin TAGS

 

Airlines are used to negative press; seems to roll off their backs like water on a duck. But surely a couple of them are cringing this week in Chicago...

The Chicago Tribune reports, "The two biggest airlines at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport route their jet fuel purchases through an outlying Illinois town, shaving millions of dollars off their tax bills but raising the hackles of Chicago officials."