Best aviation stories of the week

Remember those fake Asiana Airlines pilot names read on the air by a San Francisco-area television station? As it turns out, Ho Lee Fuk was not a member of the four-person cockpit crew. So the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that at least three producers at KTVU-TV have lost their jobs in connection with the incident. 

The Wall Street Journal’s Scott McCartney checks in on the premium class arms race among major airlines, United, Delta and American. All are moving to improve their product between San Francisco and Los Angeles and New York. The route is very lucrative for carriers, especially in first and business class.

United will drop service between Newark and Istanbul and Newark and Buenos Aires this fall, reports USA Today’s Ben Mutzabaugh.

When they merge, US Airways and American are willing to give up one flight between Philadelphia and London Heathrow, reports the Dallas Morning News. The European Commission has noted that when the carriers merge, there would be no competition on the route.

Spirit Airlines has some fun with New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and his sexual transgressions, via USA Today.

The always thorough Brett Snyder of Cranky Flier breaks down the second level of management at the new American Airlines. It’s relatively balanced between former American and former US Airways executives, he writes.

And finally, a shout out to Brad, a major airline first officer who blogs at  His blog is a bit under the radar, but it’s excellent, especially when he posts about favorite layover cities and the difference in landing the 737 versus the MD80.

Happy reading.

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Asiana Flight 214: Some of the best news stories from Sunday and Monday

I was off the grid for a few days, and, given my beat, that turned out to be a bad thing. But when I returned to civilization, I was impressed by the breadth and depth of much of the coverage of Asiana Flight 214. Some of it, of course, has been uninformed. But most of it – especially from the knowledgable bloggers and reporter who regularly cover the industry, has been pretty good.

I wanted to highlight some particularly strong stories here on the blog.

Terror on Jet in San Francisco: Seeing Water, Not Runway via The New York Times

Asiana attendant describes dramatic evacuation from the Associated Press.

Asiana plane was far below target speed before San Francisco crash from Reuters

Why the San Francisco Plane Crash Wasn’t More Deadly via the Wall Street Journal

NTSB: Jet was traveling below target speed before crash via USA Today

Asiana Flight 214 attendants lauded as ‘heroes’ via USA Today. As someone who recently flew Asiana, I should say I am not surprised by this. The flight attendants I met on my travels were unusually professional and appeared to be extremely well trained.

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Best airline and airport stories of the week

As we wrap of the week, here are some of the best airline and airport stories of the past few days.

Hong Kong’s Old Airport Reopens as Cruise Ship Terminal via The New York Times

United Goes Fully Flat… in Business Class… On Long Haul… From North American Hubs via Cranky Flier

Jersey aviation buff’s ideal? Save the Worldport at JFK via Newark Star Ledger

How airline logos have changed via The Telegraph

American Airlines Says It Will Add Seats To Planes via Associated Press

Longer Customs Lines With Extreme Waits Frustrate Travelers via Wall Street Journal

Passenger fees take off in Europe via Los Angeles Times

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