What’s going on in the world of aviation? Here are some of the best stories from the past week. Happy reading.
There are some darn good – and very dedicated – aviation bloggers out there. Here is some of the blog items of the past week or so.
“13 Secrets Airline Pilots Won’t Tell You” from ABC News and Readers Digest. Among the secrets: “The two worst airports for us: Reagan National in Washington, D.C., and John Wayne in Orange County, Calif. You’re flying by the seat of your pants trying to get in and out of those airports. John Wayne is especially bad because the rich folks who live near the airport don’t like jet noise, so they have this noise abatement procedure where you basically have to turn the plane into a ballistic missile as soon as you’re airborne.” - -Pilot, South Carolina
Some astute frequent fliers noticed Wednesday morning that American Airlines was charging new fees on some award tickets. They got very upset. But it seems it was all a technological mistake by the airline. The blog “View from the Wing” explains what happened.
What does international first class look like? The supremely talented @onemileatatime reviewed an ANA first class flight from Chicago to Tokyo. His trip reports – and there are many of them – are very detailed.
And finally, @crankyflier tells us that Delta is giving smartphones to its flight attendants so they can help travelers. Among other things, the wifi enabled phones will allow the airline to process credit cards in real time. Most airlines only upload data after flights land.
The inimitable Cranky Flier breaks down Delta’s new strategy in Los Angeles, saying the carrier is happy to be No. 3 here in traffic but wants to raise its profile to attract new high-yield customers.
Southwest is no longer the driver of low fares across the industry that it once was, writes Charisse Jones of USA Today.
What’s next for American and US Airways if the merger does not go through? The AP’s David Koenig fills us in.
Japanese carriers JAL and ANA are locked in a fierce battle over 20 slots at Tokyo Haneda Airport, which is considerably closer to downtown than Narita Airport, Reuters reports.
In one of the best stories about the US Airways/American merger anti-trust lawsuit, the New York Times breaks down some of the legal issues in the case. The idea that the airlines would win in court is no slam dunk, legal experts say. That could be where the case is headed if it does not settle.
American is doing all it can to promote the fact that it is adding a new plane – the A319 – to its fleet. The airline invited media to Dallas last week to see it. Gary Leff, who writes the blog, View from the Wing, has pictures.
Another week, another installment of the finest links in aviation. Here we go:
Friend of L.A. Airspace and active tweeter @jamucsb went behind the scenes at the American Airlines flight academy.
FAA to let passengers use some gadgets on flights via the WSJ’s Andy Pasztor
Boeing Gives Airlines Something to Smile About via the WSJ’s Jon Ostrower
If the World Were Run Like Airlines from the WSJ’s Scott McCartney
Lufthansa CEO: Full-flat business class upgrades ‘unfortunate development’ for airlines via Apex’s Will Horton
Boeing ready for widebody ‘fight’ with Airbus from USA Today Today in the Sky reporter Ben Mutzabaugh.