Our most astounding news story of the week award goes to the American Airlines wiring inspections on their MD-80s.. older models that will be placed back in service Saturday night. American Airlines' CEO says the delay in the federally required inspections was "totally my fault." He should be fired. The delayed safety checks suddenly and unexpectedly caused untold hundreds of flight cancellations that we've, fortunately, only heard or read about. One of the stories was about a wedding party, who had the wedding dress and the bride's shoes.. only to be told there was no way they could fly to their wedding destination on time! American Airlines ticket agents felt horrible about all the flight delays, and reportedly did a wonderful job re-routing thousands of passengers to their destinations on competitors' jets.
Is this the best America can do on flying customers around the country? The AA story may not be a fluke, but might become the norm when we're booking tickets on domestic airline flights. Aviation expert Richard Aviadolla says our only hope is for airlines in the U.S. to negotiate mergers, and MERGE NOW. He says that is the only way airlines will have the capital they need to buy more expensive, newer model jets to replace worn out jets like the MD-80s. Frontier Airlines filed for bankruptcy today, on the heels of Midwest Airlines announcing plans to lay off tens of thousands of its pilots and employees. Why in the world would you book an airline flight, when you can drive. But remember, gas is about $3.25 a gallon. You'lll still have your own wheels.
Fly the friendly skies if you want to.. but don't book any tickets for me! RH