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Archive: January, 2010

POSTED: Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 5:18 PM

Delta, now the world's largest airline, reported a small fourth-quarter loss but said traffic is picking up in various ways. Read all about it here.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 8:50 AM

The major airlines over the last few days attempted, and failed, to raise base fares by up to $16 roundtrip after not all the carriers would go along. Read more here .... 

POSTED: Monday, January 25, 2010, 4:37 PM

Delta says it will spend $1 billion over three-and-a-half years on product improvements and fuel efficiency. Read a little more here.

POSTED: Monday, January 25, 2010, 12:19 PM

Airline security should be a bipartisan issue in Washington but news of another development last week that I'm just now getting around to posting indicates that may not be possible these days. Erroll Southers, President Obama's nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration says he withdrew his name from consideration because Republicans had politicized his nomination. A senator who held up the nomination is worried Southers might support unionizaton of TSA employees. Read more here.

POSTED: Monday, January 25, 2010, 11:59 AM

A provocative column appeared last week in USA Today seeking ideas to improve air travel, and I hope it will spawn some ideas from my readers, too. As columnist Bill McGee points out, opinions vary widely depending on what part of the travel business one is involved in, either as a customer or an industry player. As you can see from comments added to the column soon after it was published, travelers have their own, sometimes unrealistic, ideas about what to do. Read the column here, and let us know what you think.

POSTED: Monday, January 25, 2010, 9:08 AM

An Ethiopian Airlines jet, a recently made Boeing 737-800, crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in stormy weather early today shortly after takeoff from Beirut, Lebanon, with 90 on board. There were no immediate signs of survivors and bodies are being recovered from the site.Find more here ...

POSTED: Monday, January 25, 2010, 8:58 AM

Today's Winging It column takes a closer look at the airlines' 2009 earnings reports that began pouring in last week to explain why fees for checked bags and other services are likely to be around for a long time. They provide what one airline-revenue expert calls "gushers of money" to strapped carriers stuggling to climb out of the recession. Find the column here.  

POSTED: Sunday, January 24, 2010, 8:09 PM

Since you-know-what on Christmas Day, has there been an increase in the kind of flight diversions reported in this post, (none of them resulting in serious problems as it turned out), or is the media just filing more reports of them? What do you think? 

Two United flights, one Friday afternoon and a second yesterday, were anomolies after they departed from Washington Dulles airport because of a big bird and a guy who tried to open an aircraft door in flight. The bird-strike story can be found here, and what happened to the man who may have had a few drinks is here.

About this blog
Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at Reach Tom at

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