This Week in PlaneBusiness Banter

Terry Maxon with the Dallas Morning News dropped me a friendly note today and asked me if I had forgotten to finish my thought from last night.

No, just had to get my hard drive upgraded in the laptop today. And I simply forgot to update the post-in- progress from last night. My bad.

I could have used the excuse that I was trying to recover from what had to be one of the best sporting events I’ve ever watched last night — but no, I had a much more pedestrian excuse.

So what are we talking about in this week’s issue?

Judging from the email box today, the most talked-out piece is our PlaneBusiness Brown Bag Analyst guest column. In this column, a subscriber of ours who also just happens to be an expert in the confusing subject known as the Canadian aviation market, pens his take on the Southwest Airlines-WestJet codeshare “disagreement.”

Our guy knows his stuff.

And yes, of course I weigh in again on the American Airlines/JetBlue announcement from last week — following up on the blog post that first appeared here.

I still like the deal.

Then there is the story of the ALPA poster boy for ethics.

If you’ve read this month’s issue of Airline Pilot, the in-house mouthpiece of the Air Line Pilots Association, you know that, unfortunately, ALPA decided recently to parade out a particular ALPA member each month who it had determined exemplified the “best” of ALPA.

Yes, well, this month’s ALPA poster boy for ethics, Tim Martins, who we think has most recently been employed as a pilot for American Eagle, apparently has a problem with putting things on his Facebook page that aren’t true, much less telling the publication other, er, “facts” that now, apparently we find out, are not quite true.

A complete and total PR disaster for ALPA.

More on all this in this week’s issue.

We talk about the disappointing “agreement” that the EU and the U.S. recently trumpeted in the ongoing Open Skies negotiations. I’d argue, “What agreement?”

On the Wall Street front, one of the most well-respected airline analysts is coming back for more fun and frolic. He is going to take over for Mike Linenberg, who is getting ready to flee Bank of America/Merrill Lynch for Deutsche.

Who is the analyst that proves “everything new is old again?”

We also talk about Hudson Securities analyst Dan McKenzie’s latest competitive analysis notes. We always like to read these as they give us such a great insight as to how the major players are moving the chess men about the playing field.

We also have a couple of good letters this week, and a whole lot more.

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