Mark Dunkerley, the president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, said the 85-year-old airline has grown into its own in the past 10 years. "Really all we've done in the last decade or thereabouts is get the various aspects of the business working well together," he said. "And having achieved that it really has allowed us to grow out of our traditional network and expand more broadly."
Delta Air Lines has created a smart strategy to crack the Los Angeles market, writes blogger the Cranky Flier. By implementing an hourly shuttle between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the carrier is appealing to travelers without having to add a lot of capacity. "But the real benefit is that there are dedicated check-in counters that require arriving only 30 minutes before departure and close-in gates to make things move quickly," he writes.
At first, only travel agents used global distribution systems. The Internet allowed online travel agents, but soon airlines began selling ancillary services on their websites that were not offered by GDS. As airlines moved from selling tickets from " 'price and schedule' to include ancillary options, the websites became the only vehicles that could adequately support that," Cranky Flier says. And this "really is a good thing," according to Cranky Flier.
JetBlue Airways could have all of its operations, as well as operations with partner airlines, out of Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, writes the Cranky Flier. "That would create a monster of an opportunity. Keeping all those flights in the same terminal reduces minimum connecting times and allows airlines to schedule tighter connections," the blogger writes.