Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Less Than Friendly Skies

What the heck is going on with maintenance in the airline industry? First British Airways completely fouls up the new Heathrow Terminal 5Southwest gets smacked down by the FAA for failing inspections (in this administration? really? I may never fly Southwest again...); then United has to ground a half dozen or so planes because their altimeters were improperly calibrated (we'll call that an 'oops!'...); now American cancels well over 1,000 flights for for not properly correcting problems identified by the FAA last week (I know I'm never flying AA again!). I know that the costs of running an airline have all gone up while the prices are staying relatively low (which is how Catherine and I could afford a short trip to Spain last month), but when the Bush Administration is more worried about the public safety than in the welfare of a big business, it's time to re-evaluate the industry's business model!

On the other hand, is announcing a new route: JFK to Barcelona... hel-l-l-l-l-l-l-o-o-o-o-o-o-o....!

No comments: