Monday November 30, 2020

American Airlines resubmits to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court its request to toss its labor contract with pilots (UPDATED)

American Airlines Inc. has refiled its request to toss its labor contract with pilots in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. American’s renewed request follows U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane’s decision on Wednesday to deny American’s initial request after pilots last week voted down a tentative contract agreement.  Lane said the airline’s proposal for unlimited furloughs and changes […]

Most U.S. airlines fill greater percentage of seats in January

U.S carriers reported a small increase in traffic in January compared to the same month in 2011, and they did it on a 1.2 percent decline in capacity. As a result, their load factor, or percentage of seats filled, increased 1.0 percentage points. Here are the numbers: Traffic = Thousands of revenue passenger miles. Capacity […]

Most U.S. airlines fill greater percentage of seats in January

U.S carriers reported a small increase in traffic in January compared to the same month in 2011, and they did it on a 1.2 percent decline in capacity. As a result, their load factor, or percentage of seats filled, increased 1.0 percentage points. Here are the numbers: Traffic = Thousands of revenue passenger miles. Capacity […]

U.S. trustee objects to hiring of consultants in AMR/American Airlines bankruptcy case

In objections filed Tuesday, U.S. trustee Tracy Hope Davis asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane not to approve the application of AMR, American Airlines and subsidiaries to hire a variety of consultants in their bankruptcy cases. In the first filing, Davis asked the judge not to approve the hiring of five law firms that AMR […]

U.S. airlines report 3 percent increase in 2011 passenger traffic

Our winners and losers in the 2011 traffic wars: • Among the big carriers, Alaska Airlines repoted an 11.0 percent increase in traffic. Hawaiian Air, a smaller carrier, showed a 17.0 percent increase. Two regionals, SkyWest and Pinnacle, showed even bigger increases, but we can attribute much of that to SkyWest’s full-year ownership of ExpressJet, […]

U.S. airlines expect fewer passengers, higher fares over holidays

Airlines for America, the organization formerly known as the Air Transport Association, predicted Tuesday that about 1 percent fewer people will be flying on U.S. airlines over the Christmas holidays. A4A, as it abbreviates itself, thinks 43.3 million people will climb aboard U.S. airplanes between Jan. 15 and Jan. 4. That’s a decline of about […]

An Out-of-Plane Experience with the U.S. Army Golden Knights

My body is quickly accelerating to nearly 120MPH as I fall away from the de Havilland Twin Otter that I occupied at 13,500 feet just a few moments before. On most days a pilot would be extremely concerned by this predicament, but this is no ordinary day. Although the wind is ripping past my ears […]

On-time performance plummets nearly 10 points for U.S. airlines in April 2011

Blame bad weather – the rate of ontime arrivals in April 2011 dropped nearly 10 percentage points from a year earlier. The U.S. Department of Transportation reported Tuesday that 75.5 percent of U.S. flights arrived on time or within 14 minutes in April, down from 85.3 percent in April 2010. It’s the second worst April […]

Study puts Southwest Airlines as top U.S. air carrier for ‘value and service’

Southwest Airlines was the top ranked airline for “value and service” in a study that ranks the top 100 U.S. companies. Southwest received a score of 7.95 out of 10, ranking it No. 7 among all companies. (The top companies ahead of it were, in order, USAA, Amazon, Red Lobster, Charles Schwab, Olive Garden and […]

U.S. airlines see drop in Pacific loads in April

Here’s how U.S. airlines are faring on their Pacific routes in April. United Continental reports United Airlines and Continental Airlines together. Traffic is in thousands of revenue passenger miles. Capacity is in thousands of available seat miles. Load factor is percentage of seats filled. Traffic 2011 2010 Change American 500,466 459,705 8.9% Delta 1,491,489 1,538,018 […]