[eDebate] Fwd: Delta Raising fee for 2nd checked bag to 50 dollars a bag
Fri Aug 1 10:06:36 CDT 2008
August 1, 2008, 8:50 am
*Starting Today, No More Free Water on US Air*
Posted by Nikki Waller
*Journal reporter Stephanie Chen on changes coming to US Air's domestic
*Charging for checked luggage and legroom* isn't enough for some carriers ?
starting today, coach passengers flying aboard US Airways Inc. must pay for
a drink of water.
This morning, US Airways began charging fliers $2 for bottled water and
sodas and $1 for teas and coffees. First class members, trans-Atlantic
passengers and a select group of others are exempt from the extra fees.
View larger image<http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=080801113457.uw1d6g1c&show_article=1&image=large>
[image: http://www.breitbart.com/images/common/dot.gif]Dubai carrier
Emirates said its new superjumbo, which boasts features such as showers and
luxury suites, took to the skies on Friday, becoming only the second airline
to fly the world's biggest plane.
The A380, which can seat 853 passengers, took off for its inaugural flight
bound for New York, the first of 58 ordered in a 18.8-billion-dollar
(12-billion-euro) deal with the European plane manufacturer.
The government-owned airline, the fastest growing in the Middle East, is
already the largest single client of the A380, which has been beset by
delays. The first plane had been scheduled for delivery in October 2007.
Singapore Airlines last year became the first carrier in the world to fly
On Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 7:40 AM, Duane Hyland <privethedge at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi, For a good overview of the issues facing the industry, and some ideas
> on how to fix the industry - read Terminal Chaos: Why U.S. Air Travel is
> Broke and How to Fix It. It's written by two air transportation researchers
> at GMU - and is an extremely comprehensive overview of the system and what's
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> --- On *Thu, 7/31/08, Kelly Young <kel1773 at msn.com>* wrote:
> From: Kelly Young <kel1773 at msn.com>
> Subject: [eDebate] Fwd: Delta Raising fee for 2nd checked bag to 50 dollars
> a bag
> To: edebate at ndtceda.com
> Date: Thursday, July 31, 2008, 11:12 PM
> NPR provides some insight...
> National Public Radio (NPR)
> June 17, 2008 Tuesday
> SHOW: Morning Edition 11:00-12:00 PM
> Foreign Airlines Prosper While U.S. Carriers Struggle
> ANCHORS: STEVE INSKEEP
> LENGTH: 701 words
> STEVE INSKEEP, host:
> Airlines in the United States may be struggling; airlines overseas are
> not. Germany's Lufthansa posted record profits last year. British Airways
> says its yearly profits more than doubled. And so to try to understand why
> this is kind of a tale of two industries, we've invited in David Field. He's
> U.S. editor of Airline Business magazine, a regular guest here.
> David, good morning.
> Mr. DAVID FIELD (Airline Business Magazine): Good morning.
> INSKEEP: How could it be that American airlines are struggling, charging
> extra for baggage, complaining about fuel costs, and overseas airlines are
> making big profits?
> Mr. FIELD: Overseas airlines, particularly European airlines, are not
> exposed at home to the low-cost competition. They don't face a Southwest at
> home. That's because they don't fly very much at home. Lufthansa is 75, 80
> percent overseas, long distance. British Airways the same. And if you do see
> a British Airways flight on a local route, it's probably a franchise
> carrier rather than BA itself.
> INSKEEP: Does this mean that when fuel costs go up, if you're British
> Airways it's much easier for you to just jack up fares to customers?
> Mr. FIELD: In Europe in particular it's easier to impose fuel surcharges.
> It's not easier to raise fares, but you can do it. And also when fuel prices
> go up, they pay less than U.S. carriers pay. U.S. carriers pay in dollars,
> and dollars cost so little buy that you have to pay more per gallon of fuel.
> INSKEEP: Oh, let's make sure we understand this. Oil is bought and sold in
> Mr. FIELD: Right.
> INSKEEP: And so U.S. carriers get the full impact of this. But if British
> Airways is buying in pounds or the airlines are buying in euros, those are
> much stronger currencies right now.
> Mr. FIELD: Exactly. Exactly.
> INSKEEP: Now, let's talk about one consequence of this. U.S. carriers are
> not adding routes to China, which must be one of the hottest destinations
> right now, because they say can't afford it.
> Mr. FIELD: In the last two or three years there was a very fiercely fought
> competition for new routes to be given out by the D.O.T. One of the
> airlines that won one of the routes, U.S. Airways, says it can't afford to
> start up next year. The $60 million in annual fuel costs that U.S. Airways
> had estimated, it's gone up to $90 million.
> INSKEEP: Does that mean that U.S. Airlines can't compete on the
> international routes with their international competitors?
> Mr. FIELD: In a lot of cases it does mean that, that they have to rely on
> home traffic simply as a matter of habit.
> INSKEEP: And there seem to be more and more overseas carriers trying to
> make a name for themselves. I think of Emirates Airways out of Dubai or
> Qatar Airways out of Qatar.
> Mr. FIELD: Or Ediat(ph), which is a relatively new five-year-old airlinefrom the Gulf states doing incredibly well, having established the Gulf
> states as a transfer point for long distance international travelers.
> INSKEEP: Are there East Asian airlines jumping ahead as well?
> Mr. FIELD: Certainly there are East Asian airlines that are doing awfully
> well, such as Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines - probably the greatest
> airline in the world. And they're doing well because they have a homeland
> base that enjoys premium service and is willing to pay premium dollar.
> INSKEEP: What do you mean premium service for the East Asian airlines?
> Mr. FIELD: People who sit in first class and business class and who will
> pay $3,000, $4,000, $5,000, $6,000 and $8,000 for a lot of personal space, a
> lie-down flat bad, and incredibly high levels of people waiting on you. And
> you don't see that in U.S. airlines.
> INSKEEP: Can I just ask, is it possible, given the regulatory situation,
> for someday there to be an Emirates Air flight that I would take from
> Washington to Houston, say?
> Mr. FIELD: Wouldn't that be nice? But right now, no, that's pretty much
> impossible. Local traffic rights, or cabitage, are very strictly limited.
> You cannot fly locally and pick up and drop off passengers. And until you
> see foreign ownership of or foreign investment in U.S. airlines, I don't
> think you'll see anything like that.
> INSKEEP: David Field of Airline Business magazine. Thanks for coming by.
> Mr. FIELD: It's my pleasure.
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