Hello everyone! This week’s issue of PlaneBusiness Banter is now posted!
This week we offer up a varied mix of things for you to chew on including in-depth 4Q earnings reports on SkyWest and Spirit Airlines.
Long and the short? Both airlines turned in good numbers for the fourth quarter, but guidance for both airlines going into 2013 looks even better. No surprise that shares of both airlines took the top spots last week for the sector.
On the airline distribution front, we talk this week about a new API that Farelogix just rolled out that we think is pretty cool. The product will allow airlines to more closely control the point of sale and merchandise its product more efficiently. In addition, the API works nicely with existing platforms and whatever GDS company an airline is currently using. None of this “either/or” stuff.
Could United Airlines be the first airline to implement it? We think so.
Trust me. We’re all for letting airlines do a better job marketing their product. Notice I didn’t say …”seat.” That’s because today, a seat on one airline can be much different than a seat on another airline. But the way those seats are sold and marketed hasn’t changed much since the dark ages.
We also update you on the latest AMR/US Airways transition news, and we talk about how this nasty and very stupid “sequestration” fight in Washington could negatively affect the airline industry — and its passengers.
Don’t get me started.
All this, along with much more, including and lots and lots of letters — in this week’s issue of PlaneBusiness Banter.