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Southwest and AirTran receive FAA Single Operating Certificate

If an airline merger were to be seen like a marriage, and Southwest and AirTran had already announced their plans for engagement last May, then receiving a Single Operating Certificate (SOC) by the Federal Aviation Administration is like receiving a marriage license. Today, that step was ...

A response to the Boyd Group


After a bit of a weekend hiatus, I am ready to get back to some blogging. I definitely intend to blog a bit more with updates on the Kingfisher Airlines debacle which I posted last week.

Aviation Hot Flash

Exciting news for Chicago passengers wanting to get ...

American Airlines and lessons in cost structure

Today, I stumbled across an article that provides didactic insight into business lessons that can be learned from the airline industry. Published yesterday in Inc. magazine, A Lesson on Cost From American Airlines,  assesses how maintaining control over shifts in the "cost ...

Are cute women more likely to be selected for TSA body scanners?

AIT scanner

There have been some recent news reports discussing TSA forcing women through body scanners (nude-o-scopes) due to their looks.  One woman claimed she was asked to submit to scanning 3 times before the TSA agent let her go.  

According to CBS 11 in Dallas: 

The ...

"For the World's Largest Airline, It's Time to Fly."

The United Airlines' 'Sweep,' developed by Saul Bass in 1974, remains one of the most iconic logos in aviation history.  

And just like that, it went from, "It's Time to Fly," to "You're going to need a bigger map."

The former slogan, first unveiled at Superbowl ...

Women Forced to Drive to Denver Because No Female TSA Agent on Duty?

Note the question mark--when I first head about the story, I rolled my eyes and commented, "The TSA did it again," but there is a question as to who was at fault.

A Littleton woman said she missed her flight because the Transportation Security Administration didn’t have any female ...

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TSA Find Bomb, Leaves it Behind, Prompts Bomb Scare

Security analyst Bruce Schneider, a fierce critic of the TSA, brings us another example of the agency's (in)competence:

TSA screener finds two pipes in passenger's bags. Screener determines that they're not a threat. Screener confiscates them anyway, because of their "material and ...
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Spanair Ceases Operations

Barcelona-based Spanair, a Star Alliance Member, has ceased operations effective 27 January 2011. The struggling carrier has fought to stay afloat recently, but after a recent round of talks with Qatar Airways failed to produce an investment agreement, the Spanish government announced this ...


Spirit Airlines Bickers Over the Return of All-In Pricing

American Airlines All In Pricing

A refreshing change has hit U.S. airline websites this morning: the return of all-in pricing. Under a new directive by the Department of Transportation, airlines must now display all-in pricing initially and at all junctures of your flight search--not just on the final purchase page.


Senator Rand Paul Detained by the TSA for Refusing Invasive Patdown

I want to be careful not to blow this story out of proportion, but there is a key point we can take away from today's incident at Nashville Airport in which Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was temporarily detained by the TSA for refusing to undergo a patdown after walking through a full body scanner: he ...

TSA Carry-On Policy: Guns Yes, Cupcakes No

If the Transportation Security Administration was a Shakespeare play, it would be A Comedy of Errors. In an apparent case of mistaken identity and astounding sloppiness, an x-ray scanner picked up a .38-caliber revolver in a passenger's carry-on baggage at Dallas/Fort-Worth International Airport, ...

Who will bid for AMR Corp? Merger mania

Discussion of the day:

According to the Aviation Biz Blog, an aviation-themed blog published by The Dallas Morning News, Delta Air Lines, Inc. and private equity firm TPG Capital are separately assessing potential bids for AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines. Given ...

American Airlines in Delhi, India and Aviation Insights Review (AIR)

American Airlines to discontinue flights 292/293 between Chicago and India Sadly, but not shockingly, AA is axing their nonstop Chicago O'Hare to New Delhi flight. This flight has been around for 5+ years and weathered some pretty brutal downturns in the industry. When it was first launched in ...

United Airlines Confirms Continued Use of "Rhapsody in Blue"

Lap it up as small victory in the "war of influence" (a war over whether Continental or United will emerge as the true post-meger airline), but United confirmed today it will keep "Rhapsody in Blue" as its signature theme song...sort of.

"We're going to keep that around, but whether it ...

Brussels Airlines Returns to New York JFK

It has been one decade since the Belgian flag carrier served New York City, but starting this summer Brussels Airlines, a Star Alliance member, will resume service between New York Kennedy and Brussels.

SN0501 - DEPART BRU 10:20 ARRIVE JFK 12:35
SN0502 - DEPART JFK 17:15 ...