Delta at JFK Ruins Christmas for My Family

Dec 27th, 2008, 04:26 PM
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This is almost like saying everyone who owns a compact car needs to buy an SUV. Of course you will only use the SUV for the five days a year the roads may be snowy or icy, but you need to buy it!. Or a farmer needs to buy an additional tractor in case something happens to the first one.

As others have mentioned, Airlines don't have many spare planes sitting around. Forget the current state of the economy or the current financial state of the airline industry... It doesn't make financial sense in any state of the economy to have a bunch of multi-million planes sitting on the ground "just in case you need them." Planes make money flying.

Along the same lines with your economic rant, it doesn't make any sense to have more employees, pilots, or planes than you can fill. It is simple supply and demand economics. Planning your business model around something that happens 5-10 days a year is ludicrous.
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Dec 27th, 2008, 05:37 PM
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I'm happy to hear you got to spend an evening together. Be grateful for that. (I have to say, I never did quite get who "DS" and "DD" are.)

If you expect all these extra planes and flight crews -- that's the "redundancy" that everyone here is talking about -- be prepared to pay a lot higher airfares.
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Dec 27th, 2008, 07:11 PM
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If you are willing to fork out the kind of airfare it would take to maintain that kind of operation, you might consider fractional jet ownership.
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Dec 28th, 2008, 11:16 AM
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Better than fractional ownership, the OP, armed with vast experience and comprehensive knowledge, could pick up one of the airlines that goes into BKRPCY (I assume that means bankruptcy) and give us all top shelf service for the bottom shelf prices we are willing to pay.
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Dec 29th, 2008, 01:22 AM
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News reports this AM predict major US airlines may show a small profit for 2009 - so what may not be working for us, is working for them.
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