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I got the greatest e-mail of all time today. But I’ll get to that in a moment. A while ago, Business Insider published an article detailing the “Most Dangerous Airlines.” This piece was in my opinion a hack job twisting facts to meet conclusions with only a limited basis in reality.

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Delta today announced that on March 20, 2014 they will begin daily 767 service to London’s Heatrow Airport. This adds to the current 10x weekly service operated by British Airways. I guess London is a popular destination for Seattle residents and vice versa as there will now be 17 weekly flights between the two cities.

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United Airlines is bleeding and current changes in market conditions will make it likely that United Airlines will go bankrupt again.

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Starting in 2014 the qualification requirements for elite status on United Airlines will include a minimum spend of ten cents a mile. This is in line with Delta’s spend requirement released several months ago.

There are a couple of ways around the requirement.

 

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H/T Flyertalk.com

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Colpuck

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Persian Gulf airlines are currently in a period of transition. The various governments in the region have over the past several years been looking to transition out of the state owned airline business. For the profitable airlines this isn’t a problem; however, for the marginal airlines this has been a huge problem. State governments despite the desire to end funding of these unprofitable airlines, have a strong interest in seeing the airline remain in business. There are two solutions to this problem. First, the state can get the airline profitable and then sell it, or they can retain an ownership stake in the airline and continue to pump money in. The Kuwaiti government according to the latest amendment to their privatization law is going to continue to pump money in to Kuwaiti Airways further disrupting the privatization plan.

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Airlines commit fraud on a continual basis, each day every day. Chances are if you have booked a ticket on an airline you have been a victim of fraud and you don’t even know it. Here’s how they do it and why they get away with it.

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TUI Travel operating under Thomson Airways has officially taken delivery of its first 787. TUI Travel is the ninth carrier to operate the 787 and they have 12 more on order. The delivery flight to Manchester GB is expected to take place this afternoon. The aircraft is expected to eventually replace their 767s and will be used on flights to Orlando and Cancun.

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Colpuck

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S7 Airlines, member of the Oneworld alliance, is up for sale, maybe. The current rumor according to Russian state news agency Interfax is that the majority holders of the airline are looking to sell their 71% stake in the airline, though the airline is denying this. Also, the Russian Government is looking to sell their minority stake in S7. If there are no bids for the stake, then according to Route-News.com, expect the see the stake handed over to Aeroflot or Rostech (a Russian aircraft leasing company). I suspect that Aeroflot will get the minority stake from the government and then attempt to get the majority stake from the current holders. If this happens I would expect S7 to move out of Oneworld and merge into Aeroflot.

 

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AirTran Airlines today was assessed a $100,000 civil penalty of which $50,000 has been deferred because of deceptive advertising. From September to December last year AirTran ran an advertising campaign touting its new credit card that would give out two free round-trip tickets if the minimum spend was reached.  While AirTran did not charge any fees on those tickets, they failed to mention that the consumer would have to pay the 9/11 security fee which is $2.50 per flight number up to $10.00 per ticket on the advertising.

While the order didn’t mention how the DOT became aware of this, I can only assume some of people who got the card, met the several thousand dollar minimum spend, and redeemed free tickets filled DOT complaints about the 9/11 fee. While it is a nominal fee, airlines are compelled to disclose the fee in their advertising which AirTran here failed to do. For that they get to visit pay.gov and hand over 50K. The other 50k fine will be waived if AirTran doesn’t commit any more advertising violations in the next year.

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Colpuck

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