Swelblog.com says that the Business Travel Coalition's latest campaign, "We the People," shows that the consumer is not its primary interest. "[I]t is impossible for the BTC to represent air travel consumers because it represents, and advocates for, a sector of the industry that monopolizes airlines," this blog says.
Southwest Airlines posted a 1% gain in passenger revenue per available seat mile and a 1.5% decline in traffic for November compared to a year ago. The figures include those of AirTran Airways, which was purchased by Southwest in May 2011.
Boeing is on pace to outsell European rival Airbus for the first time since 2006. Sales of Boeing's narrow-body 737 jets are driving the company's boost over Airbus, which is reporting sales less than half of Boeing's.
As Boeing continues negotiations with the union representing its engineers, the aircraft manufacturer says it could look elsewhere besides Seattle for engineering talent. Mike Delaney, vice president of engineering at Boeing, says Seattle joins Southern California and Washington as one of the three most expensive regions to hire engineers. "We're committed to the Puget Sound," Delaney said. "But we also have access to the Boeing corporation."
Boeing plans to stick to its timetable for developing an upgraded 777 aircraft. "We are absolutely committed to the 777X and continue to invest the necessary time and resources to ensure we produce a superior airplane for our customers," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. The 777X is slated to enter service by the end of 2020.