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CNBC still hot on airline stocks

CNBC keeps noting that airline stocks may be a good buy for 2010. Delta and United were the top two picks and have the potential to increase 50%. They are cautious on Southwest (LUV) due to the fact of increasing ticket prices that will try to absorb non fuel related costs.

CNBC picks: UAUA, JBLU, AMR

CNBC keeps talking about United, American, and jetBlue as good stocks right now. I don’t buy it, but they are increasing over the past week. Maybe the airlines got it right, finally?

 

 

Drunk UAL pilot update

The United pilot, Erwin Washington, who was reported to be drunk before a flight to the U.S. was released on bail and is due to appear in a London court on November 20. A co-worker of Washington alerted the authorities at Heathrow, and they came on board the jet and arrested him, just before the plane was due to leave the gate.

More details can be found here: UAL LHR.

United Airlines: drunk pilot

It seems like it is the norm these days; a pilot shows up to work a little tipsy. The Telegraph in London reports that a 44 year old man was arrested by authorities aboard a Boeing 777 that was bound for San Francisco. Passengers did not have a clue for hours, until they were finally notified of the situation.

I know London has some great pubs and some awesome ales, but really? What is happening to this profession? Pilots landing on taxi ways, drinking and showing up to work, overflying an airport by 150 miles?

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United Airlines Holiday Fare Sale!

United Airlines announced a fare sale if you purchase a ticket by Nov 12. Travel must be completed between Nov. 19 and Jan 4, 2010.

Go to united.com for more information.

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cutting costs, fix the planes abroad, are we safe?

It is probably not any surprise to us, that many of the U.S. commercial airline fleet sends maintenance work done abroad. Given the financial crisis, high fuel prices, and an uncertain future, makes it obvious that the airlines are struggling. So, they look to cut costs. One way the do this comes in the form of sending planes abroad for maintenance work.

Usually, the maintenance work is considered “heavy.” This means they strip the airplane down to the bare metal, fix what needs to be fixed, and put it back together again. A maintenance group in El Salvador, Aeroman,  does this for airlines like jetBlue, Southwest, and US Airways. The airlines claim the company does a good job and is approved by the FAA. Heck, it is all in the numbers right? If a typical mechanic in the U.S. makes $52,000 and an Aeroman mechanic makes $10,000 a year, well, there you go; it saves the airline a lot of money.

But, are we actually safe? Do the folks at Aeroman really do a good job? Do the maintenance companies in China who maintain some of United’s fleet do a good job? So far, the answer is yes. However, as is typical in aviation, it usually takes a disaster or major incident to figure out what is  really going on. That is my concern here: will it take an accident to figure out whether sending airplanes to developing nations is worth it?

For now, I think we are all safe. The FAA oversees what is going on. But as airlines continue to lose money and look to cut costs, I think oversight from the FAA and the airlines may get sloppy and something may happen.