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Cancellation fees

Airlines have embraced ancillary fees as a way to make up for low fares. One of those fees was the "Reservation Cancellation/Change Fee".  Air travel is an activity that comes with many disruptive factors, as anyone can testify.  The US airlines embraced a series of...

Southwest Airlines fleet orders and swaps; market share implications

There have been many 737 operators, but few with the attachment to the 737 like Southwest Airlines. The following chart shows how attached they have become to each other. The recent bump in growth came with absorbing the 737 fleet from AirTran. Another airline closely...

Bigger airline, bigger planes, bigger delays and the estimated costs

Southwest has been the airline most admired in the United States for a long time.  Its excellent crews more than make up for a lack of IFE with industry leading humor (do a YouTube search for examples).  But today's Southwest is nothing like the Southwest of even...

Premium #118 – 737 Usage in Pictures

We developed the AirInsight Index as a method to study airline operational performance.  The tool has proven useful and generates intriguing looks at the operational performance among US carriers.  Let's take a look at 737 use among US-based airlines. The AirInsight...