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Industry Update and Commentary 03Aug09

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  • Bill Koumarelos
    Southwest is making a bid to buy Frontier. Commuter carrier Republic had put up a bid, but Southwest is bidding $5 million more. [Going to be interesting,
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      Southwest is making a bid to buy Frontier. Commuter carrier Republic had put up a bid, but Southwest is bidding $5 million more.
       
      [Going to be interesting, anyway you slice it. A Southwest acquisition of Frontier will cause problems for UAL who is of course the dominant carrier. However, there is also the equipment issue......Southwest has nothing but 737s, whereas Frontier is a mix of Airbus and regional jets.]
       
      There is an August 10 deadline where Frontier can accept the Southwest offier, or stick with the Republic offer.
       
      The EU is planning a ban on the speed sensors used on the crashed Air France plane. [But, what are they replacing them with? And do other planes besides the 330 have them?]
       
      And Airbus themselves are going to the crash site, to see if they can find the "black boxes".
       
      Also, there was another incident inolving an Air France A-330. While landing at Brazzaville, Congo, there was a landing miscalculation, which resulted in a nearby building being scraped by the wing of the AF plane. There were no injuries, and only minor damage to the plane. But it has been suspected that this was caused by erroneous readings of the airspeed indicator.
       
      A plane has shown as being missing in Indonesia. This is not too long after the EU had lifted the ban on Indonesian carriers for safety issues.
       
      Russian Carrier Transaero has started to put "Premium Economy" seating on its aircraft. But unlike United's "Economy Plus" and Aeroflot's "Kommersant" seatings, the MAJORITY of the coach cabin has extended legroom.
       
      The Ecuadorean government has a new constitution, and this may be affecting the foreign investments in the Quito airport. Canadian firm Aecon owns 45% of the Quito airport holding company, Quiport. The new law in Ecuador is stating that airports are part of the government, and not a private enterprise. [Which is the opposite of what most countries are doing nowadays.] The agreement between Aecon was made before the constitutional change.
       
      Fijian carrier Air Pacific plans to start Honolulu to Apia, Samoa service. [Samoa is a really sticky deal, as far as scheduling goes. Flights to Apia and Pago Pago are effectively only once or twice a week, depending on the US gateway city. For those connecting to or from Samoa, you need to allow more connecting time, because there is almost no protection if you misconnect. At least now, Air Pacific has added more flexibility.]
       
       
       
       
       
       
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