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Old October 7th, 2010, 04:50 AM   #141
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Most of the flgiths are wide-body, I never said they should use the largest possible plane. Put it this way, imagine using almost all narrow-bodies on LHR-JFK. I know some airlines use narrow-bodies for EWR-LHR, though.

Having said that, I shouldn't try to pass judgment on what on what businessmen want or not!
I think businessmen would love it, because it'll increase frequencies and choice! But whether the airlines can find the slots to land so many more flights is another story!
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Old October 12th, 2010, 06:45 PM   #142
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US Airlines' On-Time Performance Increased For August
12 October 2010
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U.S. airlines' on-time performance improved in August, the Department of Transportation said Tuesday. Additionally, carriers mishandled fewer bags than a month earlier but received more complaints.

Airlines have reported improvement in on-time performance in recent months even as most have been modestly increasing capacity, which makes airports and skies more crowded, increasing vulnerability to flight delays and cancellations.

The DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics said the 19 carriers reporting on-time performance had an overall on-time rate of 81.7%, up from 79.7% a year earlier and 76.7% in July. The agency said carriers canceled 1% of their scheduled flights, compared with 1.4% in July and 1% in August 2009.

A flight is counted as "on time" if it operated less than 15 minutes after the scheduled time shown in the carriers' computerized reservation system.

Delta Air Lines Inc.'s (DAL) regional Comair line had the worst on-time performance in August at 76.4%, while Hawaiian Holdings Inc.'s (HA) Hawaiian Airlines again had the best, with a 95.6% rate. JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU) had the second-worst rate, at 77.1%.

Meanwhile, the industry had a mishandled baggage rate of 3.5 per 1,000 passengers in August, down from 4.11 a year earlier and July's 3.79 figure. The DOT also received 1,200 overall complaints in August, compared with 1,094 in July and 891 in August 2009.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 06:42 PM   #143
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Study says flight delays cost airlines, passengers, the economy $33 billion in 2007
19 October 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) - Airline flight delays cost passengers more than inconvenience -- $16.7 billion more -- according to a study delivered to the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday.

The FAA-funded study looks at the cost to passengers for flight delays in 2007, the latest year for which complete data was available when researchers began working on the study.

Unlike past studies of the impact of flight delays, researchers looked more broadly at the costs associated with flight delays, including passengers' lost time waiting for flights and then scrambling to make other arrangements when flights are canceled.

The cost to airlines for delays was $8.3 billion, mostly for crew, fuel and maintenance. Overall, the cost was $33 billion, including to other parts of the economy. But one finding of the study is that more than half the cost associated with flight delays is borne by passengers.

Those costs likely were lower in the three years since 2007, due to the weakened economy. Air travel peaked in 2007 before the economy went sour. And so did flight delays and cancellations. In 2007, 1.3 million domestic flights were delayed and 119,000 flights canceled, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Last year, 85,000 flights were delayed and 63,000 canceled. Mark Hansen, a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who led the study, said he believes 2007 is a more representative year "since we think that the weak economy isn't a permanent thing."

There will always be flight delays due to mechanical problems or weather, but they can be significantly reduced by expanding the capacity of the nation's airports and air traffic control system. The FAA is in the midst of a program to modernize the air traffic control system, replacing World War II-era radar with satellite-based technology. The program is expected to cost government and industry about $40 billion.

The FAA has said the program is necessary to meet an anticipated greater demand for air travel.

The Washington Post first reported the study's findings on Monday.
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Old November 12th, 2010, 11:51 AM   #144
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Airlines' on-time performance slips a bit
Companies are adding flights as customer demand increases

10 November 2010
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U.S. airlines saw their on-time performance dip slightly in September from a year ago as they ramp up capacity to accommodate a rebound in customer demand.

The nation's 18 largest airlines reported that 85.1% of their flights were on time in September, down from 86.2% a year ago, says a monthly report released by the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Flights are considered on time if they arrive within 15 minutes of schedule.

Hawaiian Airlines, which operates inter-island flights that are largely unaffected by weather, had the highest on-time arrival rate at 95.8%, followed by AirTran Airways and Alaska Airlines. Comair, a regional carrier owned by Delta Air Lines, fared the worst at 78.2%.

The federal data showed that airlines are starting to unleash more planes and adding seats and new routes. The number of domestic flights scheduled during the month rose 3% to 526,100. But with higher traffic, cancellation rates rose, as well. The carriers canceled 0.9% -- or 4,754 flights -- in September, vs. 0.6% a year ago.

The new aviation consumer rule that went into effect on April 29 - - it fines airlines for tarmac delays longer than three hours -- continues to show results. Four flights reported tarmac delays longer than three hours in September, vs. six a year ago. All four lengthy delays took place on Sept. 22 at New York JFK and Philadelphia, where storms were reported. From May to September, there have been 12 delays of more than three hours, vs. 535 during the same five-month period of 2009.

Among other findings:

*Year-to-date. On-time arrival performance during the first nine months of this year was the third best for the January-September period in 16 years. Only 2002 and 2003 -- when traffic slowed following the Sept. 11 attacks -- posted better numbers.

*Best and worst airports. More than 90% of flights to Denver arrived on time, the highest among the 29 busiest airports in the country. San Francisco had the worst rate, at 75.8%. For departures, Portland scored the best with 91.8%, while New York JFK fared the worst at 78.1%.

*Customer complaints. Formal complaints have been rising sharply in recent months, and September was no exception. The Transportation Department received 755 complaints about airline service in September, vs. 603 a year ago. In the first nine months of the year, complaints totaled 8,811, vs. 6,676 a year ago.

*Baggage handling. The carriers reported a mishandled baggage rate of 2.89 reports per 1,000 passengers in September, an improvement over September 2009's rate of 3.06.
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Old January 12th, 2011, 09:43 AM   #145
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US Airlines' On-Time Performance Worsens In November - DOT
12 January 2011
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U.S. airlines' on-time performance deteriorated in November, the Department of Transportation said Tuesday, as they mishandled a higher rate of bags but received fewer complaints than a month earlier.

The DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics said the 19 carriers reporting on-time performance had an overall rate of 83.2%, down from 88.6% a year earlier and 83.8% in October. The agency said carriers canceled 0.7% of their scheduled flights, compared with 0.5% a year earlier and 0.97% in the prior month.

A flight is counted as "on time" if it operated less than 15 minutes after the scheduled time shown in the carriers' computerized reservation system.

Airlines' on-time performance has wavered in recent months as the industry has been increasing capacity amid a recovery in demand for flying. That makes skies more crowded, leaving them more vulnerable to delays.

Skywest Airlines Ltd. (SKYW.LN) had the worst on-time performance in November at 78%, while Hawaiian Holdings Inc.'s (HA) Hawaiian Airlines again had the best, with a 93.1% rate, followed by United--now part of United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL)--with 91.4%.

Meanwhile, the industry had a mishandled baggage rate of 2.93 per 1,000 passengers in November, up from 2.83 a year earlier and October's 2.91 rate. The DOT also received 667 overall complaints in November, compared with 555 and 749, respectively.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 07:33 PM   #146
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Fog, runway repairs affected 1.5 lakh fliers last month
20 January 2011
The Times of India

Flights delayed by more than two hours, whether due to fog in northern India or runway repairs in Mumbai, affected at least 1.5 lakh passengers across the country in December 2010. This was double the number affected in November.

Civil aviation ministry estimates show the number of passengers distressed by delays more than doubled in just one month, from 70,000 in November to 1,55,016 in December. Analysts say this number would have been much higher had Air India submitted its estimate of delays. AI has not provided data on passengers affected by delays for the past three months.

November recorded a 50% rise in delayed flights compared to August and September. Figures for October were not available. Of those affected in December, more than 70,000 passengers were booked on GoAir, around 43,000 on Spicejet, and more than 19,000 on Jet Airways and JetLite.

Flight cancellations too were manifold in December, affecting 30,950 flyers in the country. In November, only 7,464 fliers were affected by flight cancellations. Spicejet fliers were hardest hit followed by Jet Airways.

Major factors contributing to delays and cancellations were the fog in Delhi and other north Indian cities and the runway repair work in Mumbai. Besides, the number of passengers in December was higher as it was the Christmas and New Year season. Mumbai airport alone saw a record 2.6-million passenger traffic in December 2010. "Fog in Delhi sent all flight schedules haywire. On December 24, flight operations were suspended for a long time due to very low visibility. Many flights were cancelled. Fog was a major contributor to delays even in Jaipur, Bangalore, Hyderabad,'' said an official at Mumbai airport. "Runway maintenance work at Mumbai airport was a secondary reason. Due to unavailability of the main runway, flights were delayed as the secondary runway cannot accommodate as much traffic,'' he added.

The ministry report shows most of these passengers were compensated by the airlines. While those on delayed flights got refreshments, fliers who faced cancellations or were denied boarding due to overbooking were either refunded the full fare or booked on other flights. Many were given accommodation.

Industry insiders said the figure could be much higher. "First, AI hasn't provided its data. Secondly, these are figures recorded by airlines. There are instances where passengers are not provided any compensation. Many are unaware of their right to a refund or ask for a refreshment,'' said a senior ministry official.
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No 3-hour tarmac delays in March, but fewer flights on time than a year earlier
10 May 2011
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The government reported Tuesday that airlines ran fewer flights on-time in March than the same month a year ago. Here's how the country's 16 largest airlines stacked up:

Airline On-Time Arrival Percent

Hawaiian 88.4
United 84.0
Mesa 83.5
US Airways 82.8
AirTran 82.8
Alaska 82.6
American 80.8
Southwest 79.9
American Eagle 79.8
Frontier 79.6
Delta 78.4
Continental 77.6
SkyWest 76.9
ExpressJet 76.6
Atlantic Southeast 72.2
JetBlue 71.3
All Airlines 79.2
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Old June 28th, 2011, 06:57 AM   #148
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Foreign airlines ask US government to delay new rules on tarmac delays and passenger issues
24 June 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - The global airline industry is presenting a united front as it tries to delay new regulations favored by consumer groups.

Trade groups representing foreign airlines asked the U.S. government for a six-month delay in regulations that include new penalties when international flights are delayed on the tarmac for several hours.

The groups said the Transportation Department regulations, set to take effect later this year, impose unprecedented requirements on their member airlines.

The filing Thursday was made by the International Air Transport Association and groups representing airlines in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

It was similar to a request for a delay by the Air Transport Association of America, which represents the big U.S. airlines, and two groups that represent smaller U.S. operators.

The filing by the foreign airline groups said the new requirements would impose "complexities and costs" on their members.

They cited new penalties if international flights are stuck on the tarmac for more than four hours -- a similar rule limits U.S. flights to 3-hour delays -- and requirements to more fully disclose airfares and bag fees.

The Transportation Department announced those and other requirements in April. Some take effect Aug. 23 and others on Oct. 24.
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Airports prepare for flight delays, long security lines
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February 28, 2013

Airport officials across the country say they're bracing for flight delays and longer security lines in April, even as details remain scarce about precisely where $85 billion in federal spending cuts will hit.

"We're planning for the worst and hoping for the best," says Edward Freni, director of aviation at Boston's Logan airport.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has warned that furloughing 10% of air-traffic controllers could delay flights 90 minutes at the busiest airports. He also says furloughs could force the elimination of midnight shifts at 60 smaller airports and the closing of towers at 100 of the smallest airports.

Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Secretary, says furloughs at the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection could lengthen security lines at the busiest airports. Lines at TSA security checkpoints could get an hour longer, according to House Democrats. And Napolitano says two-hour Customs lines could grow to four hours.

Federal workers get 30-days notice of furloughs, so none of these problems are expected to begin until April. Congress and President Obama could still reach a compromise that spares the FAA and TSA from the cuts.

But based on daily meetings with federal officials, Freni is preparing the same as for a major storm.

If planes get stuck on Logan's tarmac from delays, Freni says he can get passengers back inside the terminal. If too many planes arrive at full gates, he can move passengers through another terminal to reunite them with luggage and get them home.

Inside, volunteers will answer questions for people waiting in lines. The airport works with concessionaires to stay open longer if travelers get stuck. The airport has 700 cots.

"We'll make people as comfortable as possible, providing water and blankets and food – if it gets to that," Freni says. "I liken it to a big snowstorm throughout the whole system."

In Atlanta, airport general manager Louis Miller says air-traffic control furloughs could force him to close one of five runways at the world's busiest airport.

"That would cause arrival delays and departure delays during the busiest parts of the day," Miller says. "It's a ripple effect."

The typical 10-minute wait at TSA checkpoints could stretch to 30 or 40 minutes during the busiest periods, Miller says. Average Customs waits of 16 minutes for Americans and 19 minutes for foreigners could also grow, he says.

"To us, that's just unacceptable," Miller says of longer TSA lines.

As furloughs approach, Miller says, the airport will urge travelers to arrive earlier for security and to have patience with airline delays. Customer-service workers will be at security lines to answer questions and perhaps direct travelers to another of the airport's four checkpoints.

"People really need that -- they need to know what's happening," Miller says.

John Albrecht, spokesman Oakland International Airport, says staffers are taking a fresh look at contingency plans in case there are any disruptions. In working with federal agencies, he says, the goal remains the same for safe, secure, on-time travel.

Victoria Lupica, spokeswoman for Philadelphia International Airport, says staffers are working with the FAA, TSA and Customs and Border Protection about possible changes in operations.

"While the safety of air travelers will never be compromised, we will continue as always to work collaboratively with our federal partners to keep the impacts on our travelers at a minimum," Lupica says.

At smaller airports, closing towers isn't enough to shut down traffic because planes can still take off and land on their own. But FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says the lack of controllers makes airports less efficient, especially in bad weather, as planes wait for each other to alternate landings and takeoffs.

Airports that could lose midnight shifts include some popular destinations, such as Chicago's Midway and Reno, Nev.

Southwest Airlines, a major carrier at both those locations, is working with the airports and federal agencies to protect travelers, says Chris Mainz, an airline spokesman.

"We do not expect any immediate delays to our operation, but we are closely monitoring the situation for potential customer disruptions," Mainz says. "As always, we encourage customers to check Southwest.com or AirTran.com for specific flight updates."
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