Airline bankruptcies seem to have become part of the norm of doing business and now Pinnacle Air has as well. All the majors seem to be either doing it or have done it in the past. No one today is afraid of flying an airline in bankruptcy or in fear that their frequent flyer miles are going away or not earning them before, during or after the exit from the financial event.
Not just Delta, but all the major airlines need healthy regional partners to feed us into the HUB system. Pinnacle Air flies a ton of routes for Delta and owes Delta million’s and now has a credit line, notably after the filing, for many millions more.
Pinnacles services to United and US Air will end / wind down and that means Delta will be the only big customer for Pinnacle going forward according to these SEC filings. Overall I see this as a good thing for us as Delta flyers. This will give Pinnacle a chance to rework many long term contracts with Delta and others. For Delta, they will undoubtedly have more control and “say so” going forward and long term as THE customer for the regional airline.
As a side note Delta has joined other airlines using this new interactive map system to see where you can fly from point A to point B. Try it and see what you think. – Rene
Knowing tech as I do, and using tech as I do, I take steps to try to mitigate the chance of information I want kept private from going public. I am still dumbfounded by the number of times people click on things they get from a “friend” either via facebook or an e-mail that ends up being a virus or malware. But I digress. Today’s blog is about security when you travel. Most of us … Continue reading
The growing trend for Delta has been to downsize over the past years. Fewer routes and more packed planes. However they are expanding many routes into NYC due to the new dual hub strategy. Here is one example in Buffalo. So keep on the lookout for these as well as other seasonal routes that you can find on the Delta web site HERE. Not only are these avenues to search when looking for somewhat hard … Continue reading
I am not sure if you have had the chance to notice this but Air France has gone au revoir when it comes to SKYMILES seats to Europe from anywhere in the USA for any amount of points in business class! I was hoping this was a quick bug that was part of the new booking bug that also would quickly be fixed. But as of last night at 10:30PM EST it is still broken. … Continue reading
There are so many things we just “do” after a while. For example, if I want to pick a seat for a flight, I never ever use the Delta seat maps, even though they are all listed on Delta.com HERE, I immediately go to SeatGuru HERE and look at what is best. So what are some of my favorites that you may like too and would be good to save? Here is my list: MQM’s. … Continue reading
We play a fun game with our dear airline. They try to get as much of our money out of us to move us from A-B and we try to pay as little as we can and get as many perks as we can along the way. This should not really shock us. Who has ever in their life paid sticker price for a new car? So if you are going to buy a ticket … Continue reading
As a blogger and slightly over the top plugged in geek (both my job and hobby require constant web access) I have to say I love the fact that I can be live on the ground and up in the air with Delta. But with Ebay and Google promotions last year the speed got very slow. From what I have been told paying customers will have access to greater bandwidth than free users going forward. … Continue reading
If you have been waiting to get a passport, tomorrow could be the day to make time. Most of the time you must get an appointment, but not tomorrow click here to find out more: “On Saturday, March 10 only, apply for your U.S. passport at a Regional Passport Agency without an appointment. You will be able to apply for standard processing (4-6 weeks) or pay an additional $60 for expedited processing (2-3 weeks, door-to-door). … Continue reading
The point of the blog is to help you the reader learn and get the best deals you can with your Delta points. One of the biggest complaints by most who do not know how to use our beloved program is the challenge to get low level seats to Europe. So I have been kicking around and idea of a helping hand to make things even more easy for us all. Sunday eve I ran … Continue reading
Every time I’m getting ready to fly I have decided to follow this new & improved 7-Point-Plan : 1. Don’t bathe for at least a week (or more) 2. Go barefoot Bring cans of spray paint to tag the jet bridge & the outside of the aircraft with DeltaPoints.com Drink too much Put on sufficient weight so as to not fit in the seat & fasten seatbelt New slant on infant in arms – … Continue reading
A fellow BoardingArea.com blogger Glenn, the Military Frequent Flyer, has an outstanding post today about the fact that soon, at long last, commercial jets will be able to use GPS technology to fly rather than the crazy 40+ year old point-to-point they use now. Check it out here on his blog to find out more! ▲Delta▲ SkyMiles® Credit Card American Express – RESERVE/PLATINUM/GOLD Click here for more information
As I talked about last month, this will be the year that Delta’s regional fleet will start to shrink (that is small jets). And it looks like it will be shrinking big time for the new LGA hub according to Bloomberg : “Delta is culling half the fleet of its Comair regional unit by year’s end, including 53 of its oldest planes such as 50-seat Bombardier CRJs. The carrier already got rid of the last … Continue reading
The CRJ series aircraft have become real workhorse ships for the regional industry. Bombardier has been growing and building bigger and bigger planes. The 1000 nextgen is a nice aircraft! Will Delta use this plane? Bombardier’s CRJ program chief Jean-Guy Blondin seems to indicate in THIS VIDEO that he has already started talking to DELTA. It looks very very nice to me. Richard Anderson has said his focus for now has been to upgrade the … Continue reading
Have you had a chance to read over the new press release from Delta Air Lines about earnings for 2011? Did anything stand out to you? One thing did for me. Look at the part highlighted below: This one line does not tell the whole story of where the cost savings came from. But it made think back to this Frontline piece about outsourcing aircraft maintenance: Delta aircraft are aging fast. The new seat improvements … Continue reading
The C concourse at ye ol’ CVG is a veritable third world country nowadays, and being replaced by JFK as a Delta hub seems appropriate when considering that the 1960’s era Terminal 3 was described by a Delta executive the same way! Hence, the already begun overhaul to expand Terminal 4 in order to accommodate all of Delta’s international gates under the same concourse. They’re also adding a 24,000sq. ft. SkyClub which will be the … Continue reading