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August 04, 2023

Artful ALPA Speaks Out on Pending and Past Airline Legislation

A Tale of False Equivalencies

As Congress remains pedantically about its deliberations of legislation germane to the refilling of the FAA’s coffers and the redefining of the agency’s charter, as it were, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) has issued the following statement for purpose of commemorating the enactment of the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010, which the union contends “significantly raised the bar on pilot training and has led to the safest period in U.S. aviation history.”

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Alaska Airlines to Cut Over 3,000 January 2024 Flights

Airline’s Capacity to Drop by More than 500,000 Seats

Alaska Airlines intends to cut upwards of three-thousand flights from its January 2024 schedule, thereby depriving air-travelers of nearly half-a-million seats over the coming year’s nascency. According to data compiled by Cirium, an aviation industry analytical concern, Alaska will cut service to numerous North American airports.

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JetBlue Reports Record Quarterly Revenues

Spirit Acquisition Remains Uncertain

JetBlue, the U.S. low-cost airline currently at odds with the Biden DOJ over its proposed acquisition of Spirit Airlines, has reported its highest quarterly profit since 2019. The Queens, New York-headquartered air-carrier posted 2023 second-quarter earnings of $138-million—a significant improvement over second-quarter 2022 losses of $188-million. Positive short-term results notwithstanding, unfavorable factors, such as the carrier’s abandonment of its Northeast Alliance (NEA) partnership with American Airlines, have compelled JetBlue to reduce its full-year earnings forecast.

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