The week’s best aviation stories

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. 

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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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The week’s best aviation links.

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.


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