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Internet Airline News Links #1

I’ve been posting these internally, but no reason not to just post them here.

Alaska Files an 8-K; Tests Wi-Fi; Joins Twitter
http://boardingarea.com/blogs/thingsinthesky/2009/02/27/alaska-fileses-an-8-k-tests-wi-fi-joins-twitter/
On Wednesday, Alaska filed an 8-K, and I was just going to post about that, but some other interesting news came from Alaska this week so I figured I might as well lump everything together. :D

Ryanair Hints at Charging for Toilets
http://industry.bnet.com/travel/1000969/ryanair-hints-at-charging-for-toilets/
It’s not clear whether he was serious. O’Leary’s fond of making outrageous statements designed to drum up publicity and reinforce the airline’s image as a bargain-basement transport option, a strategy that’s worked in the past. And later on Friday, Ryanair issued a statement saying “Michael makes a lot of this stuff up as he goes along and while this has been discussed internally there are no immediate plans to introduce it.”

[Hmm...reminds me of this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYspsgIjb4U -Ed]

Downadup worm may hammer Southwest Airlines URL March 13
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9128778&intsrc=news_ts_head
Computers infected by the Downadup worm will "phone home" to several legitimate URLs this month, including one owned by Southwest Airlines, potentially disrupting those sites, a security researcher said Sunday.

Here's Official Ammunition: Airline Hubs Have Lost Their Cost Advantage In Terms of Airline Profitability
http://www.planebuzz.com/2009/02/heres_official_ammunition_regi.html
In a new working paper the two have published entitled, "Tracing the Woes: An Empirical Analysis of the Airline Industry, " they confirm that it used to be cheaper for an airline to place a passenger on a connecting flight -- rather than a direct one. But by 2006, that advantage had gone away. Why? One simple answer: the increasing cost of fuel.

Open Skies negotiations resume, but European airlines won’t be flying US domestic routes anytime soon
http://www.upgradetravelbetter.com/2009/02/24/open-skies-negotiations-resume-but-european-airlines-wont-be-flying-us-domestic-routes-anytime-soon/
When the “Open Skies” treaty was signed between the United States and the European Union, the most immediate change was that airlines from both sides of the pond could fly internationally into many more airports. A French airline could fly from London to Los Angeles. A British airline could fly from New York to Amsterdam. And a number of American airlines could fly into London-Heathrow, which had previously been tightly limited to a small oligopoly.

A Look at US Airline CEO Compensation Through a Different Lens
http://www.swelblog.com/articles/a-look-at-us-airline-ceo-compensation-through-a-different-le.html
Last week, Andrew Compart writing on Aviation Week’s blog, Things With Wings, posted a piece entitled Executive Pay And U.S. Airlines.  After reading Mr. Compart’s piece, I was left wanting more – a deeper look at airline CEO compensation. 

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