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Archive: July, 2010

POSTED: Monday, July 12, 2010, 3:24 PM

I'm traveling on vacation this week ... posting will resume next Monday.

POSTED: Monday, July 12, 2010, 12:21 PM

The Winging It column today explores the public-private nature of the airline business and looks at why some regulation of the industry is good for us all. Read it here.

You also will find at the end of the column a note about its future. My last column will be published by The Inquirer Aug. 2. I don't know yet what the future holds for this blog, so stay tuned.

POSTED: Friday, July 9, 2010, 7:10 PM

The FAA today ordered airlines to inspect or replace cockpit windows on Boeing 757s that have been involved in 11 fires. More detail here ....

POSTED: Friday, July 9, 2010, 11:52 AM

Last month, I posted an item in this space wondering if tarmac delays of three hours or more were likely to go down now that airlines face heavy fines for them. Yesterday's report from the Department of Transportation on May airline on-time performance provides some of the answer: In fact, long delays are becoming even more rare than they were in recent months, with only five of them reported during May. A full report can be found in a USA Today story.

POSTED: Friday, July 9, 2010, 9:26 AM

The airline industry has always suffered more than many businesses in ecoomic downturns and recovered faster when things get better. That's happening this summer, with reports by the major carriers that their revenue per available seat mile, or RASM, a key measure, is soaring this summer compared with a year ago.

United was the latest airline to report June RASM was more than 30 percent ahead of June 2009, when traffic was way down, along with fares to many cities. The other big airlines have reported RASM gains for June of 20 percent or more. RASM is watched closely by analysts because it's a measure of their revenue from fares and the percentage of seats sold. Fares fell last year as traffic declined. This year, higher fares and less capacity, or the number of available seats for sale, are combining to provide airlines a badly needed revenue boost. 

POSTED: Thursday, July 8, 2010, 3:56 PM

It may not really be "always sunny in Philadelphia" but there was plenty of good weather in May, as evidenced by one of the best months in years for airline on-time performance at PHL. Both arrivals and departures were above 80 percent, putting the airport in the middle of the pack of 31 big airports, according to the monthly government report, issued today.

US Airways had something to brag about, too. It finished first in on-time performance, fewest complaints and mishandled bags among the five major network airlines. That's the first time that has happened since it merged with America West almost five years ago.

For those who want to check out all the on-time numbers for airport and airline performance, click here. For detail on individual carriers, lost bags, complaints, bumping and long tarmac delays, go here. 

POSTED: Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 4:39 PM

This is one of the better, more thought-provoking articles recently on the challenges startup airlines and even some of the smaller well-established ones face in competition with larger carriers.
Read it all here.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 4:23 PM

This is not just another the airlines lost my bag story. This time the bag belonged to the Israeli  prime minister's bodyguard, and it had four big handguns in it when it was "mishandled" by American Airlines, going to LAX instead of Washington after a transfer in New York. Read more 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 tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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