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It’s Roundup Time

Let’s see…what’s going on in the wild wacky world of aviation?

—You may remember El Al’s problems from a few months ago as the government tried to privatize the airline. Whatever. Doesn’t matter if you don’t. You probably have much more important things to think about. In any case, El Al posted a profit this quarter.

–Everything you ever wanted to know about TED can be found here. United claims to be happy with the bookings so far. As you (and I) may have noticed, the fares on the bottom end are really no different from the current fare structure. Higher end coach seats are less expensive. Which is actually interesting. This is the tactic that America West has taken (successfully). What’s weird, is that United has touted TED as a low fare carrier. is site down . The low fares aren’t really low, but the high fares ARE low. Says United, “We’ll take advantage of this high demand for our service by offering Ted’s everyday low fares rather than promotional fares, just as any other low-fare carrier would.” Grammatically strange sentence, but I’ve been quoted saying worse.

Southwest announced its routes from Philadelphia, where it plans to make US Airways’ life completely miserable. Orlando, Tampa, Providence, Chicago, Phoenix and Vegas will all be served by Southwest’s 737s with the backwards facing seats.

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