What we’re reading: Delta increases DC service, UAL, CO name management team, less waiting at JFK


Delta increases Washington service

Delta announced that it will add service from Washington Reagan to seven new cities.

The airline will launch service to Hartford, Conn.; Columbus, Ohio; Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami and Tampa, Fla.; and St. Louis, for a total of 21 new daily flights from Reagan National.

United, Continental name merged management team, wins EC approval

United Airlines and Continental Airlines announced its exeuctive management team after the merge is completed.

[I]t will not include UA President John Tague or UA CFO Kathryn Mikells.

Reporting directly to CO President and CEO Jeff Smisek, who will lead the merged airline, will be UA COO Peter McDonald and CO CFO Zane Rowe. Both will hold the same titles in the successor company. In addition, Keith Halbert, who joined UA in 2008, will be CIO and Tom Sabatino, who joined UA this year, will be general counsel.

At JFK, more flying, less waiting on the tarmac

Thanks to a new high-tech reservation system, the long lines on the tarmac at JFK will soon become a thing of the past.

Now, airlines file flight plans with the Federal Aviation Administration indicating what time they want to take off. A metering program compiles requests, and takeoffs are scheduled in 15-minute blocks of time. Airplanes don’t leave the gate until their assigned time. And as a result, the conga line of 40 jets lined up at the end of a runway has been reduced to six to eight.

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  • Scott

    Can the JFK scheduling program be expanded to the rest of the country? It’s so logical (and been written about for years), it’s great to finally see it implemented one place.