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Save the Date: Cranky Dorkfest 2020 Is Coming September 12:

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It is time to mark your calendars. Cranky Dorkfest 2020 has officially been set for Saturday, September 12 at LAX!

Last year, I had the successful progressive dinner and the airport tour in addition to the regular spotting event. What will this year bring? I have absolutely no idea. No, …

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February 26, 2020 at 01:45PM Source: https://crankyflier.com

United Shuffles Its Express Carriers, Trans States Will Disappear:

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United has eight different airlines flying under the United Express banner owned by seven different companies. Does it really need all of those? Probably not; so it’s good to see that United will simplify a couple operations and remove one entirely. Trans States will go away toward the end of …

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February 25, 2020 at 01:45PM Source: https://crankyflier.com

Will the HNA Airline Empire Finally Fail?:

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Long before the coronavirus decimated travel to China, HNA Group was in trouble. It had overspent not just on airlines, but on a variety of companies all over the world. The coronavirus just made things worse for the teetering conglomerate, and now it appears that the end may be near. …

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February 24, 2020 at 01:45PM Source: https://crankyflier.com

3 Links I Love: Norwegian Keeps Going, An Expensive A380 Move, Pleasures of Plane Spotting:

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Norwegian doubles 2019 underlying operating result before ownership costs and achieves cost-reduction targetNorwegian Press Release
Even though Norwegian has released its most recent results, I’m not going to write them up because it’s just more of the same. The airline continues to try to …

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February 21, 2020 at 01:45PM Source: https://crankyflier.com

Great Service, Not-So-Great Product on a Delta 767-300ER From JFK (Trip Report):

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After our stay at the TWA Hotel at JFK, it was time to go home. Fortunately — unlike on the way out when we flew into Newark — this time we were flying home from JFK so we didn’t have far to go. We opted to take a mid-day flight …

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February 20, 2020 at 01:45PM Source: https://crankyflier.com

Going Back in Time at JFK With A Night at the Spectacular TWA Hotel:

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When the TWA Hotel opened in the old Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK airport last year, I knew that I wanted to go just like every other airline dork in the world. It took me long enough, but on my recent trip to New York, I …

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February 18, 2020 at 01:45PM Source: https://crankyflier.com

Cranky on the Web: Screens in Seatbacks, The Impact on Delta:

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Inflight Movies: Does Anyone Really Want to Watch Them on a Phone?The Wall Street Journal ($Subscription Required$)
It’s the age-old question about inflight entertainment. Does a seatback screen matter or not? Barbara Peterson at the WSJ took a look.

What the American-Alaska partnership means for DeltaTPG

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February 15, 2020 at 01:45PM Source: https://crankyflier.com

3 Links I Love: Alitalia Gets Great News, Contour Sneaks Up, How Planes Fly:

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Qatar Airways Statement On Air ItalyQatar Airways Press Release
Air Italy is dead, and it’s not thanks to unnecessary US regulation. As I said less than a year ago in a post entitled “Don’t Waste the Effort, Let Air Italy Fail On Its

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February 14, 2020 at 01:45PM Source: https://crankyflier.com

The Force Awakens: American Renews Ties with Alaska As They Make a Joint Move on Seattle:

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Remember that whole thing about American stagnating? The message reached a deafening road when Delta took LATAM away. It looks like someone over there got the message. This morning, American is announcing that it and Alaska are planning to renew the codeshare that was set to all-but-end next month

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February 13, 2020 at 03:45PM Source: https://crankyflier.com

South African’s Flight Cuts Aren’t as Ambitious as They Sound:

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It seems like any time a failing, government-supported airline plans to restructure, it’s mostly lipstick on a pig. I think of airlines like Air India, Aerolineas Argentinas, and of course, my beloved Alitalia as perfect examples. Shuffle the deck chairs, get new funding, and voila, you have a “new and …

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February 11, 2020 at 01:45PM Source: https://crankyflier.com