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Airlines Venture Failures or Success?
(June 10, 2008)
This morning I was reading an article in a well know Wall Street publication regarding the once again so predictable failure of an US airline venture TED created by United.
I usually do not fly TED or United but I heard from their frequent flyers that TED was not really interesting and only a failed attempt to compete with Southwest. But the article goes on listing all those failed ventures and I do not agree with every one of them. Even though Delta terminated their Song venture, any frequent flyer used to fly with both Song and Delta can tell how much Song influenced Delta. When Delta introduced Song, it was not a simple low cost alternative, it was the introduction of PTVs, new leather seating, in-flight cocktails and enhanced food for purchase instead of bad snacks. Any Delta passenger flying coast to coast at the time knows since Delta dropped all those routes only operated by Song (NYC-SFO, NYC-LAX, etc.). When Delta decided to stop operating Song, the concept and airplanes did not vanish, Song airplanes joined the Delta fleet and the 757s used by Song did not change much besides a First class in the front section of the airplane and a new paint job after a while. If anything saved Delta from bankruptcy besides the financial manipulation, it may also be its new service from the Song era at a moderate cost compared to the competition. Delta terminating Song was not a failure. They probably realized after creating such a good side product that it may well be best to make it the mainstream product of the airline.

Cheers & Fly Safe!

PF.

Previously in Travel Log

Boeing 757 Transatlantic Fashion (June 11, 2008)
Since my first trip across the Atlantic in 1984 and until the early millennium, you would not see too many (if any) narrow body airplanes on those routes. Most flights started with B747s, L1011s, DC10s then newer generations including B767s, A340s, A330s, B777s joined the pool in the 90s. But in the last few years, a new player joined the pool: The B757! Read more ...

Are You Low Cost or High Miles? (March 8, 2008)
When flying, I noticed that we belong to 3 groups wherever we go: First/Business passengers, Frequent Flyer preferred passengers or Left Overs. When flying within the first two groups, things are usually OK. The Left Overs group is where you should think twice about your airlines habbits. Read more ...

A Day At The Beach in Ocean City, NJ (February 27, 2008)
Small community South of Atlantic City, Ocean City, NJ offers a huge beach for family oriented vacations. For us it is more like a good destination for a day flight and $100 burger. Read more ...

Flying to Tangier Island (February 24, 2008)
Small island in the middle of Chesapeake Bay with only limited commercial boat service and a small airport for private flights. Discover that 700 soul community known for its crabs and quietness. Read more ...

Japan Road Trip (February 20, 2008)
To go against what every guide recommends, we avoided the bullet train and rented a car! What an adventure. Japan is a really great destination for business and leasure. Read more ...

Coming Soon ...

Shanghai
Not a typical chinese city where left overs from a broken communist empire fashionably crumbles near capitalism empires with a touch of French Concession.

Beijing
So much history but so little time. What can be done in less than 3 days to grasp the essential.

Xian
A more typical Chinese city lucky enough to seat a few minutes away (traffic permiting ... never) from the famous Terracota Warriors.

Hong Kong
Where poor and rich people, overpopulated and empty areas continue to represent the legacy of a British colony that lost its english!

Maldives
The most beautiful and clean water populated with an amazing marine life.

Puerto Rico
So close to New York but so far from urban US life.

Cayman Islands
Quiet and simple with too many reasons not to do anything. Insider's notes.

La Reunion
The island with 100 different climates even though it is only 40 by 30 miles.

Vancouver
I wish it was not that humid because I could almost live there.

Sacramento
Not one of my holiday destination but after a few month consulting in the area I guess I can say a few words.

Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale & Chandler
After a few month of consulting in the area I started to look for a house ... luckily it was too expensive.

Tucson
Quite a nice week end gateway from Phoenix with many uncommon museums.

Montreal
Such a nice and friendly city. Warm people but cold winters.

Quebec City
Even duting a blizzard the city is a charm.

Other cities and regions to come: San Francisco, Napa Valley, Palm Spring, New York, Nice (France), Princeton (NJ), New Hope (PA), Cedar Point (OH), Paris (France), Normandy (France).

 

 


From the author: You know the airlines are desperate when you have to fly coast to coast with doctor Zizmor smiling from the overhead bin (a NY subway frequent traveler).

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