Will 'Predatory' Pricing Win The Day In Hawaiian Skies?
Sometimes, the airline industry reminds us of the old "Wild
Kingdom" TV series... complete with graphic images of prides of
lions jumping over themselves to devour the carcasses of slain
prey. Hot on the heels of Aloha Airlines' discontinuation of
service, on Monday rival Mesa Airlines announced its
go! Airlines subsidiary will increase the number of flights it
operates in the region, from an average of 54 flights per day to 94
flights beginning Tuesday.
According to reports coming out of Atlanta and Minneapolis,
officials at Northwest Airlines -- motivated to see an oft-reported
joining with Delta Air Lines come to fruition, as fuel prices
continue to climb -- now say pilots at both carriers don't
necessarily need to come to terms on seniority agreements ahead of
such a merger.
Two days... and two fewer US airlines. Hot on the heels of Aloha
Airlines' Sunday announcement it will stop flying at the close of
business Monday, Champion Air announced it will cease flight
operations effective May 31.
Bombardier Aerospace announced Monday Grupo SATA (Sociedade
Acoriana de Transportes Aereos, S.A.) of Ponta Delgada, Portugal
recently signed a contract to acquire four Q400 NextGen aircraft
for its SATA Air Acores regional airline.
ANN has learned that Aloha Airlines will shut down its passenger
operations later today. With this, a "61-year tradition of service
to Hawaii" ends. Aloha Airlines announced that it will be shutting
down its inter-island and transpacific passenger flight operations
with the last day of operations being today, Monday, March 31,
After all the flak that has hit Southwest in the last few days,
this is the last thing they needed. Somehow, an SWA B737-500
managed to blow out all its main gear tires while executing a
landing at Houston Hobby Airport. A brake fire ensued, but the
overall damage was determined to be "minor" and NO injuries
occurred. Here's hoping the week ahead is a bit calmer...