Hello earthlings! This week’s issue of PlaneBusiness Banter is now posted. No surprise, I’m sure, but we are talking a lot about the DOJ settlement with American Airlines and US Airways that was released on Tuesday. We tell you what the deal really means — and not what the headlines you’ve been reading say it means.
We also give you a head’s up on what is now going to be the best show to watch — the fight for slots the two airlines are being forced to divest themselves of. DOJ wants “LCCs” to get them. Only problem — what is an LCC? And why shouldn’t other airlines like Delta and United have a crack at them as well? Is Alaska an LCC? The fireworks haven’t even started yet.
We also take an in-depth look at 3Q13 earnings from both SkyWest and Republic.
Oh, and how about that IAM vote that came down last night in Everett? Where will the 777X be built? Dunno. But the possibilities just got a whole lot more complicated.
Lots of other stuff as well! I’m off to New York. Have a great Thursday everybody!