Winging It Archive: April, 2011

Small airlines keep popping up

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We may be in a new era, not just for the major airlines (see the post just below) but for small ones, too: Some of the relative newcomers seem... Read more

Airline fuel surcharges hit a record

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Airlines have become highly disciplined in recent years in finding ways to sustain profitability other than simply raising fares. They have... Read more

A look at Amtrak's 40 years in business

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Yeah, we know this blog is about air travel, but in the Philadelphia area, air service would be much different if it weren't for a much-maligned... Read more

Justice regulators approve Southwest-AirTran deal

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The last big hurdle to Southwest's plan to acquire AirTran Airways has been cleared with U.S. Justice Department approval of the deal announced... Read more

Southwest jet slides off runway, no injuries reported

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Emergency landings happen daily for U.S. scheduled airlines and no media reports them all, but this incident is a little more unusual. A Southwest... Read more

NTSB finds manufacturing issues with damaged Southwest jet

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Early on in the saga of why a Southwest jet lost a piece of its roof in flight on April 1, I mentioned here that sometimes things happen to... Read more

US Airways posts 1Q loss on higher fuel costs

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Airline earnings for the January-March quarter are pouring in this morning, and a pattern, set last week when the first carriers reported,... Read more

A good profile of PHL's award-winning concessions

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We told you a couple of weeks ago about the opening of Minute Suites, the airport facility with private work-sleep rooms for rent by the hour... Read more