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America West and a US Congressman

Incredibly, America West showed a profit last quarter and said that they would have a profit for the full year. I’ve spoken highly of America West in the past, and I will continue to speak highly of them now. They took actions that many suggested were necessary (but few airlines bothered to do), eliminating the unprofitable Columbus hub and completely rejiggering their fare structure, encouraging business travel by eliminating Saturday night restrictions. You can also thank America West for those $1000 r/t first class transcon flights.

Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary says that the fare war in Europe shows no sign of slowing. He predicts that Ryanair’s already low average fare could fall another 20% this year.

And finally, in case you were wondering which geniuses were running Congress, Indiana Representative John Hostettler was briefly detained at the Louisville Airport after he, uh, mistakenly tried to board a flight with a 9 mm gun in his bag. He said that he brought the wrong bag with him (have you ever done this? is that the biggest load of crap you’ve ever heard? I’ve never heard of somebody grabbing the wrong bag. How many bags did this guy have packed and ready to go? A dozen?). He was interviewed and released.

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