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Archive: June, 2012

POSTED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 5:36 PM

A longtime professional colleague, Bill McGee, former editor of Consumer Reports Travel Letter and widely respected for his aviation expertise, has just published an important book for anyone who travels on commercial airliners. The work, Attention All Passengers: Why flying is no fun anymore (and may be dangerous), is getting good reviews. I haven't read a copy yet but you can hear what the author is telling reporters in interviews, including one by NPR "Fresh Air" co-host Dave Davies, that aired today and can be found at this link.  

POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012, 9:54 AM

After a week of travel, we're back to posting. Here's a story from late last week with some recent developmemnts in the ongoing saga of American's bankruptcy case.

POSTED: Sunday, June 17, 2012, 1:20 PM

After a couple of months of ample reporting of the negative aspects of American Airlines future -- and there are plenty, which is why it's in Chapter 11 -- a publication with a traditionally conservative viewpoint has a good article on the airline's strengths in terms of its route network and operations. Read the US News & World Report story here ...  

POSTED: Saturday, June 16, 2012, 11:39 AM

US Airways CEO Doug Parker, speaking to shareholders in the financial center of the universe, New York, this week, pointed to union and Wall Street support for his effort to acquire American Airlines parent AMR out of bankruptcy. Customers, such as those of you who commented on a Wednesday post about the same topic, aren't as important a consideration when merging airlines. Read more here ...

POSTED: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 4:18 PM

You've already seen the bad news: US Airways came in last among major carriers in J.D. Power's annual customer satisfaction rankings. The good news: Alaska Airlines, which started service to PHL on Monday, came in first.

Now the rest of the news: Sources say US Airways should be ready next month to file papers with the U.S. Justice Department to review on antitrust grounds its expected application to acquire American Airlines' parent AMR as part of the bankruptcy process. This US-AA merger train seems to be moving ahead, doesn't it? Find that story here ....

POSTED: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 1:12 PM

Two articles today, both from the International Air Transport Association annual meeting in Beijing, tell a tale of how Europe's financial woes are affecting airlines. The full story of how European airlines are expected to lose more than $1 billion this year can be found here. The second article, about airlines from around the world warning Europe that a trade war is in the offing if it presses ahead with its carbon-tax plan on carriers, can be found at this link.

POSTED: Saturday, June 9, 2012, 11:33 AM

This AP story, offering travelers tips on how find the lowest air fares, has gotten a lot of mileage in the media because of its useful nature. Read on for good advice about snagging the increasingly infrequent bargains from airlines.  

POSTED: Friday, June 8, 2012, 12:48 PM

The airline industry and the Obama administration are in rare agreement on the wisdom and economic benefits of a Eurpean Union program designed to curb aircraft emissions that imposes extra charges on airlines and potentially passengers. Both oppose the policy. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined airline reps at a Senate hearing on the issue. Read more about it here ...

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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 Reach Tom at

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