A few stories have passed by in the last couple of days that I thought were worth noting:
– Continental announced that it will give up its free food in coach (and, blessedly, stop running this incredibly awful ad) on domestic flights under 6 hours. There has been a decent amount of discussion in ye olde blogosphere about whether the slightly-over-six hour transcons from Newark to San Francisco will get free food. My answer? Who cares. Buy your food before you get on board. Continental decided (correctly) that people were not paying a premium to get food on board, so why not offer better food for $6? I can’t believe people were actually complaining about this.
– Minneapolis-based Sun Country will offer once-weekly service between Minneapolis and London-Stansted during the summer. The carrier will fly a 737-800 on the route, necessitating a fuel stop in Gander, Newfoundland. As if it’s 1958. Hm…Delta flies the route nonstop every day; no U.S. carrier has made flights to Stansted work; you have to stop in Gander. How could this fail?
– Allegiant, the best-run airline in the US, announced that it will purchase 7 757s so that it can begin service to Hawaii. I’m not one of those people who believes that the world comes to an end when an airline that flies a single type of aircraft introduces a new plane (ie, JetBlue). I do think that Hawaii is a very different market than Vegas or Phoenix or Orlando, and I’m very curious how they can make flights from Bellingham (or wherever) work in the same way that they get people to buy packages to Vegas. If anyone can do it, Allegiant can. But it will be extremely difficult for them to lead with $69 fares to Hawaii (as they do to other destinations), and I think that Hawaii is a much more considered purchase than the other destinations they offer. That said, if it doesn’t work, 757s are always in demand, and I’m sure they can get rid of them and pretend this never happened. Also, based on what they’ve done in the past, they’ll give a city a couple of months to do a profitable business; if it doesn’t, they’ll try flying to Hawaii from someplace else. This is a bold move…