May 16 2008 The Weight Factor BY sgf-admin TAGS

 

"Airlines have reduced the amount of spare fuel on airplanes in a money-saving effort that is raising concerns among some pilots and a government watchdog."

 

That's the lede sentence in a story today from USA Today. What the story lacks is perspective. It's common industry knowledge that airlines have been asking pilots to conserve fuel—and it's been going on for sometime.

 

Mar 13 2008 State of the Industry BY sgf-admin TAGS

 

The last couple of weeks have certainly been interesting in the airline industry; not so much for what has happened, but for what hasn’t happened.

 

A month ago the industry grapevine burned up with rumor after rumor about a possible merger between Delta and Northwest Airlines. Merger talks reportedly were going full steam until it came time to get buy in from the pilots union. That’s when things came to a grinding halt (at least that’s the way it appears to be). Now, it’s dead quite.