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Are aging fleets a problem?

With another two stories today about in-flight component failures (Southwest, Sichuan), we are being reminded that airplanes are vulnerable.  There is nothing quite like an airline/airplane scary story to catch people's attention. The industry safety statistics are...

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...

Delta’s CS100 selection – regional impact

Less discussed, so far, in terms of follow on impact of Delta's decision to select the CS100 is its impact on the US regional airline market.  Any discussion on the US regional airline market brings up the scope clause issue.  This week the RAA has its annual...

Premium #213 – The US Scope Clause – Aberration and Annoyance

"Scope Clauses" are collectively bargained contractual terms in pilot union agreements with US major carriers that place restrictions on how many and what size of aircraft regional airlines may operate.  Typically, these restrict regionals to aircraft under 86,000...