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Archive: May, 2009

POSTED: Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 11:04 AM
An article today about U.S. airports that are adding rail links for passengers barely mentions PHL, one of the first airports to have a rail line that connects directly to a metro area's public transport system, but still includes some useful inforrmation for travelers. The USA Today story mentions PHL last in a list of eight of the 20 largest airports with rail links similar to what's available at many airports in Europe and Asia.
POSTED: Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 10:15 AM
Airlines whose profits depend on a small percentage of long-haul international travelers paying for first- or business-class seats are in trouble. Business class fares have fallen sharply as the recession has reduced demand for the premium cabins. It's reached the point where British Airways and Qantas, the Australian flag carrier, have removed some first class seats, expanded the number of "premium economy" seast available, or plan to stop selling first-class tickets and use the space to upgrade some customers. Read more about the developments in an article about BA's financial woes and a separate piece about Qantas's action.
POSTED: Monday, May 25, 2009, 2:15 PM
Speaking of code-sharing, Southwest and WestJet of Canada say they have put on hold their plans to work together. Read more.
POSTED: Monday, May 25, 2009, 2:01 PM
Today's Winging It column asks why not all airline experts, including a former CEO, say alliances between big international carriers aren't all they're cracked up to be. Read on at this link. 
POSTED: Sunday, May 24, 2009, 2:38 PM

According to USA Today, citing the Airline Routes Update blog, Delta will stop flying between PHL and Boston after Aug. 17, leaving US Airways with the only nonstops on the route.

What does this mean for fares? My guess is, not much, since prices can't go a lot higher than they are now with just US and DL on the route. Perhaps Southwest, wihich starts service at BOS Logan this summer, will step in, or AirTran, a former competitor between the cities, will return. 

POSTED: Friday, May 22, 2009, 4:35 PM

The Wing Man had another hectic week and let slip the posting of several articles and other bits of information that relate to PHL and travel. So Monday's column is now  done and there's time to catch up.

On Tuesday, the Inquirer's Linda Loyd reported that Philadelphia held its own last year, and even moved up one notch, in the number of international visitors who came to town. Those are the folks the hospitality business loves because they tend to stay longer and spend more money than domestic travelers. Over the last eight years, Philly has moved up in rankings for visitors from abroad, from No. 21 of all U.S. destinations to No. 11 last year.  Read more here. 

Item 2: US Airways this week started its nonstop service between PHL and Oslo, Norway. Details about the service can be found in a US Airways news release. The new service is in addition to nonstops between PHL and Birmingham, England, that were launched last week.

POSTED: Friday, May 22, 2009, 10:17 AM
The training and pay of commuter, or regional, airline pilots has been under scrutiny since the crash of a Colgan Air flight near Buffalo in February and the followup investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. Now the Federal Aviation Administration has fined a Florida airline $1.3 million for faking the records of its pilots' working hours. The captain of the Colgan flight had trained with the airline's affiliated pilot-training school. Read more here.
POSTED: Thursday, May 21, 2009, 10:02 AM
Both AMR CEO Gerard Arpey and Southwest boss Gary Kelly, in separate news conferences after annual shareholders' meetings, said they are concerned about the damage rising oil prices could do to their business. With the recession already pushing down demand, and thus revenue, a runup in fuel costs to last year's levels would be bad indeed. Read more at this link. 
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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 tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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