I've got a bunch of tid-bits to share, none of which really deserve their own posting. Here they are, in no particular order...
I spent part of last week in Dallas at the International Aviation Forecast Summit. It's an annual event that includes airlines, airports, and aircraft manufacturers. Here are a few of the summit's insights:
"Airfares are going nowhere but up for the rest of the year, industry analysts are predicting in the wake of another successful fare increase by U.S. airlines to offset high fuel costs."
Suppose you had 1500 frequent flyer miles. Which would you rather spend them on: air fare or a digital music download? With today's introduction of the MileagePlus Digital Media Store, United Airlines is betting that some of you will say music. Or a movie.
You can spend 1,375 miles and get Blown Away. That's the name of an album by Carrie Underwood. Or how about a movie called God Save My Shoes? You can rent it for 460 miles, or buy it for 2,545 miles.
What is the flying public willing to pay for on an airline flight? An airport shuttle company asked that question of 360 people. Here are the top five things people would pay for:
The nation's airlines begin reporting their first quarter profits today. Good news is not expected. The price of fuel is the killer -- up approximately 30% since this time last year.
While the news looks gloomy for the airlines, things are bright and sunny here in Springfield. Our airport finished the quarter with a 10% increase in total passenger numbers. Here are the numbers for the first three months of the year:
We've been following for several weeks the back and forth speculation in the business press about Delta Air Lines getting into the oil business...yes, you read right. The oil business.
This week a credible new organization, Reuters, took the story beyond idle gossip and rumor mongering...
"Already armed with an exhaustive list of checked bag fees, some airlines are stepping up their enforcement of weight limits for carry-ons. This may lead to aggravation if an airline agent weighs your bag at the gate and then charges you."
You know how you really hate the process of boarding a commercial airliner? You gotta stand in line while airline staff sorts the haves from the have nots: "If you're a double-triple-gold-platinum-silver-and-ruby member please cut to the front of the line!"
15 minutes later you stand toe-to-toe in the aisle of the plane. You're in a traffic jam while Joe Six Pack attempts to stuff a full sized Samsonite into the overhead bin... Well, guess what? The airlines want you to board faster!