PlaneBusiness Banter Is Now Posted!

home-typewriter copy 1This week’s issue of PlaneBusiness Banter is now posted. Yes, we ran into some difficulties last night as we were working back and forth with our editor, while nasty weather rolled through the DFW Metromess. Sometimes it is wise to just unplug the machine.

I hope none of our readers were directly affected by the 10 or more tornadoes that ripped through DFW Wednesday evening. Ugly stuff.

This week we bring you yet another earnings packed issue, as we take an in-depth look at the recent earnings calls from Spirit, Republic Holdings, and SkyWest. 

We also bring you another column in which we take you once again to the recent Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airline Symposium. This time the subject is: Labor.

On the international front, Emirates reported blockbuster earnings last week, while IAG lagged. Can we say “Iberia?”

Meanwhile on the US Airways/American Airlines front, we had two labor things of note to talk about this week. One, the TWU and the IAM have joined forces to represent roughly 30,000 employees at the new airline. While this “joint” representational effort is not the first of its kind (there is already one in place at US Airways involving another employee group) it is certainly the largest.

While out in Phoenix, federal district court judge Roslyn Silver basically told the pilot group from America West and the pilot group from the old US Airways this week to go to their respective rooms and come up with a seniority agreement. In seven days.

Hey, if God could do it in seven days, they should be able to, right?

All this and more in this week’s issue of PlaneBusiness Banter.