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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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Today the DOT released its decision on what to do with the DCA slot pair that Spirit Airlines returned to the DOT when it shifted service from DCA to Baltimore/Washington Airport. There were three bids for the slot pair and today the DOT awarded Southwest the slot to start HOU-DCA.

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What is Standby, basically you show up to the airport in advance of your flight and try to hop on an earlier flight. Airlines used to do this as a matter of routine because it is a win-win. The airlines fill a seat that would have gone out empty and they get an open seat on a later flight that can be used for IRROPS. The passenger wins because they get to go somewhere sooner. However, US Airlines discovered this could be a revenue stream and have changed their policies to get customers to pay for the privilege.  Some airline force customers to use the “Same day confirmed or SDC” this means for a reduced fee airlines will confirm the passenger on to an earlier flight. We’ll discuss that policy in another post. So when you see references to SDC that’s what that means.

Here is the list of US Airline policies:

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In 2008 the DOT awarded two slots to Spirit Airlines for daily non-stop service between Washington National Airport and Fort Lauderdale Airport. In July 2012 Spirit served notice to the DOT that they were abandoning their slots when the moved from DCA to BWI. The DOT made an announcement in the Regulations.gov docket DOT-OST-2000-7182 that the two “inside perimeter” slots are again up for bid. The DCA perimeter is a 1,250 miles. So an inside perimeter flight must be within  1,250 miles of DCA. Three airlines filed bids

US Airways filed a bid to start Oklahoma City – Washington DC

Southwest filed a bid to start Houston Hobby – Washington DC

and JetBlue filed a bid to Start Washington DC – Jacksonville FL continuing on to San Juan PR.

Previously several years ago US Airways and Delta did a slot swap between New York LA Guardia Airport and Washington National. This allowed Delta to develop a large operation at LGA and allow US Airways to increase the size of their DCA operation. Now I haven’t been in DCA since 2007 so I am not too familiar with the airport. So I wasn’t too sure of the size of US Airways operation there. However, because your truly is nerd I was reading Regulations.gov and I came across this:

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hmmm not sure what to make of this.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-richberg/get-kick-off-your-flight_b_2512830.html

The tl;dr version goes like this, mother is in the aisle, kid in the middle, writer in the window. Writer asks mother twice to switch with autistic kid so he can sleep on the 8 hour flight (which I assume was a connecting or direct through Orlando as B6 only operates MCO-BOG). Mother refuses, the FA’s get involved and the writer is booted off the airplane. Reading between the lines it looks like maybe the writer got into it with the JetBlue FA’s which would certainly justify kicking him off the plane. I am interested in what JetBlue’s FAs have to say about what happened, but it doesn’t look like we’ll be hearing from them.

What do you ya’ll think happened?

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Ahh the age old adage spoken by political partisans all of the United States this time of year. If the other guy wins then you are on the first plane out of the United States. Well, we say that but do we really mean it? Well, it’s time to find out JetBlue is running a put-up or shut-up marketing campaign called Election Protection. When you sign up you select a party that you want to win, and if you lose than you get entered into a drawing for two free tickets to anywhere JetBlue flies outside of the country. There will be 1,000 winners, err losers, err it’s too hard to tell. Either way if your guy loses then these tickets if you win will surly salve the burn.

I entered, and I selected the person I thought most likely to lose the election. I guess that makes me guilty of JetBlue “voter fraud.” I chose to go to St. Marten, because I have always wanted to go there. Interestingly enough, the site breaks down destinations by choice. Republicans are planning on going to the famous Caribbean tax shelters of Grand Cayman and the Bahamas, while the democrats are headed to Columbia and Cancun. I guess we know which party parties harder.

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A criminal complaint was issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Dallas, TX today. The complaint consists of the basic information the U.S. Attorney has and is the first step in criminal proceedings against the pilot. Now the complaint is only the word of an FBI agent who is recounting what he was told by witnesses to the event itself. If it is anywhere close to accurate it is a very chilling account of what happened.
You can read the complaint in full here.

JetBlue has also responded to the event in their own words here.

Getting back to the complaint, it alleges violation of 49 USC 46504

An individual on an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States who, by assaulting or intimidating a flight crew member or flight attendant of the aircraft, interferes with the performance of the duties of the member or attendant or lessens the ability of the member or attendant to perform those duties, or attempts or conspires to do such an act, shall be fined under title 18, imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or both. However, if a dangerous weapon is used in assaulting or intimidating the member or attendant, the individual shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life.

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A JetBlue pilot has been taken in to FBI custody after a flight from JFK-LAS diverted to AMA. Apparently the pilot has some sort of panic attack and tried to do something to plane. The Co-pilot managed to remove the pilot from the flight deck and passengers at the front of the plane secured him. See ABC news link, here.

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