What I am worried about is the transfer of duties from the FAA to the Private corporation. Since I have worked for both the private sector and the government, when a service is privatized it has transition period that can be fairly rough, and that is an understatement. Some of the questions should include, how much time does the private system need in order to reach the capacity of todays commercial and general aviation traffic level? Will it be sixty days, a year, or mabe five years before the current traffic load is met?. Anything longer than a week is going to be met with pressure that is unbelievable. If privatizing the ATC just means that the federal government turn the ATC system over to a group of airlines with the same costs, then what have government accomplished in the transfer? The costs of the start-up corporation dictate that the costs will be higher to the consumer. Then you could have the profit factor of 20% added to what we are paying today, and a passenger could be lo
It is hard to imagine why they are now complaining about the airport location. Around 2000, give or take a few years, the good people of Southern Orange County had the vacated Marine Air Corps station at El Toro, that was in their possession. This facility was used by some of the biggest jets in the world, but between the Irvine Company and few other important souls, it became a park. This airport could have worked for them well into this century, but all the good people in Orange County (LA) couldn't have cared less. You're not going to build a regional airport in my backyard was the cry. Nimbyism has struct again. So, now the City of Newport Beach wants the airlines to fly an s-curve while they are climbing out at the maximum angle at 80% power. Sounds like a recipe for having a large passenger jet come and visit these people on the ground. The FAA will most likely say no, and Congress will over-turn that decision, and Newport Beach will have their wish granted.
Spirit Airlines should change their name to I will screw you airlines. Why people even bother to fly on this airline is beyond me. If Spirit Airlines depended upon me for revenue, they wouldn't have any income.
For all the people who think that I have should pay extra because I am a big person, I don't even try and fly on those airlines. On Southwest airlines I have tried to buy the extra seat on their aircraft, and was refused. It wasn't because I didn't want you to be uncomfortable, but it was because they don't offer the first class seat that is bigger, and I wanted to be comfortable. However, Southwest Airlines told me that they wanted everyone who could fit on the aircraft to go on that flight, and their issues with the second seat are different from ours. So much for the money angle of the airline. Even if I was able to buy two seats, the seats are uncomfortable trying to sit with on cheek of the butt sitting in the gap between seats. If you think that everyone is under 6'0" and weigh less than 175 pounds, should be the only ones on the aircraft, then you are living in a cloud. It isn't just the width of the seat that bothers me on long flights, but the space in-between the seats. When
Hmm, American Airlines merged with US Air, satisfied their creditors coming out of bankruptcy, bought well over a hundred new planes from Air Bus, and Boeing, but can't afford to pay their pilots a retirement contribution. Their employee satisfaction reports are some of the worst in the world, and each day that is confirmed by the way passenger's are treated on American Airlines. Everybody wants to do business with an Airline that can buy anything except for satisfied employee's.
I concur with your assessment, and I like keeping my money. The fact that it is taking so long to determine a cause is in the methods of attacking the problem. The FAA doesn't want to leave any stone unturned, and that is understandable. However, at some point they must define what is causing the problem and work towards a solution. If they don't then Boeing will be facing bankruptcy very soon.
What would they call this new airline? Gooney Bird Air. Both airlines already have significant customer service problems, and neither airline is knocking the door down for their use of fuel efficient aircraft. It would seem to me that these problems would become catastrophic, if combined.