We've Got Stripes
February 18, 2013
What do a new American Airlines liver and a 7-11 brand overhaul have in common?
Go Ahead and Secede, Texas. I Dare You.
November 14, 2012
Don't mess with Texas? Don't mess with us!
Which Travelers Will Get Hit By The American Airlines Bankruptcy?
November 29, 2011
News broke this morning that AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, has gone belly-up. The company said today that it doesn’t expect frequent flyer programs or flight schedules to be affected. But will the long-term impact be different? According to a 2003 paper by two economists, airline bankruptcies actually have a rather limited overall impact on air travel.
The End Of Aviation
August 27, 2008
As the age of cheap oil comes to a close, it's springtime for gloomy futurists. Visions of a brutish world marked by violent squabbles over dwindling reserves, of junkyards littered with abandoned cars, of suburban slums overrun by weeds, of the collapse of industrial agriculture--none of this sounds as outlandish as it once did.
In Defense Of The Checked Luggage Fee
May 21, 2008
Over at Washington Monthly, Kevin Drum has whipped himself into a populist frenzy about American Airlines' new $15 checked luggage fee: I don't know anything about airline economics and obviously the American Airlines executive team does. Still, the kind of sleazy pricing practices they and the rest of the domestic industry are adopting, where advertised fares mysteriously rise 20% by the time you actually board the plane, seem like exactly the kind of thing designed to wreck their long-term business. People really don't like the feeling of being cheated and lied to.
Can Labor Come Back?
May 23, 1994
The recent Teamsters strike, The Los Angeles Times declared, "has served as a reminder of how much the union's influence has waned." The outcome, The New York Times wrote, showed how the union's "power has shrunk." There is some truth in these statements, but they reveal more about the national press's attitude toward labor than about the Teamsters union. During the twenty-four-day strike, the longest in Teamster history and the first since 1979, the union achieved almost 100 percent support from its rank and file, in spite of violent dissension in its upper ranks. In the provisional settlemen