David J. Danto


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In The Airline News – February 2023


  Have you been keeping an eye on air-travel news lately? I’m just stunned with all that I’ve been seeing lately.  Airlines, airports and the various agencies that support them have essentially been tripping over their shadow lately.  I figured that it’s a good time to put a number of these events into a single post to see if any conclusions can be inferred.  (Every picture and statement has links to their respective stories.)


United fined for flying planes that the FAA says were “not air-worthy.”


Southwest airlines CEO says “we messed up” while southwest pilots say their fleet is “held together with duct tape.”


The American Airlines pilots who crossed a runway where a Delta flight was trying to take off have refused to be interviewed about the incident.



A United 777 dove from 2,200 feet to only 775 feet above the ocean when it took-off from Maui.  United said it did not notify the National Transportation Safety Board about the incident because it did not consider it to have risen to the agency’s reporting criteria.  The pilots are ‘undergoing more training.”


The FAA wants to relocate over 30 TRACON workers from Uniondale to Philadelphia – that plan would go against their 2020 promise to keep TRACON employees on Long Island while they restructured staffing and the airspace operations of Newark.



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I’m running out of space on this webpage – there are even more recent stories that I could add.  It’s hard to avoid the obvious conclusions that we have the wrong people and systems in charge of air travel in the US today, and that we have cut so much out of the industry in the interest of maximizing profit that we are probably far too unsafe, and are likely dangerously close to a disaster.  It is long past time to correct the direction of this industry in ways I and others have frequently documented.  The most important of these is that CEOs should be compensated based on service and performance metrics, not financial metrics.  Every drop of blood squeezed from a stone should not immediately improve the compensation of the leadership.  Instead, the experience of using their products or services should drive rewards.  If company leadership had skin in the game, felt rewarded when the customers feel appropriately treated, and are financially hurt when their customers experience pain, we’d be living in a very different world.




This article was written by David Danto and contains solely his own, personal opinions.

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Copyright 2023 David Danto


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