June 27, 2008

Linear Air

Announcing NEW Lower Rates! We think the numbers speak for themselves. Check out sample one-way pricing for the Eclipse 500 jet below.

OLD Pricing, Philadelphia, PA to East Hampton, NY: $4,905.97
NEW $2,691.82 ($897 per person with 3 passengers)

OLD Pricing, Teterboro, NJ to Boston, MA: $6,160.03
NEW $4,112.98 ( $1,371 per person with 3 passengers)

OLD Pricing, Morristown, NJ to Nantucket, MA: $6,187.70
NEW $3,756.29 ($1,252 per person with 3 passengers)

See for yourself. For more Eclipse and Cessna Caravan sample pricing visit http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001xba-w_pSzx9ve-Mp6gdTQc0yH54XlHAZdcItPr70GvZPryCP73z0xy3FjZjrcpcUUs_exvfsnMLt2mtIj0c_P5aztAut4fA4Z27_t3xO8h8= and use Quick Quote (TM), our new online quoting tool. Air Travel is changing rapidly, but not for the better. Prices are outrageous, fees and fuel are sky high and customer service is at an all time low - but now you have a choice. Air Taxi service is becoming an increasingly popular solution for airline and private air travelers who are desperate for convenience, comfort and great service at affordable rates. Next time you fly, book a personal Air Taxi with Linear Air and get back to enjoying air travel. For more information, visit http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001xba-w_pSzx9ve-Mp6gdTQc0yH54XlHAZdcItPr70GvZPryCP73z0xy3FjZjrcpcUUs_exvfsnMLt2mtIj0c_P5aztAut4fA4Z27_t3xO8h8=. For bookings, contact Customer Service at customerservice@linearair.com or call 877-2-LINEAR (877-254-6327 x 2).

William Herp
PresidentLinear Air

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Deeper cuts to come in U.S. airline service
By Micheline Maynard

Friday, June 27, 2008
DETROIT: Buffeted by soaring oil prices and spare capacity, U.S. airlines are planning deeper cuts in domestic and international routes, a shift that may whittle the industry to a scale last seen in 2002, when travel fell sharply after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

The downsizing of the U.S. airline industry is unlikely to be reversed anytime soon, and whether it will spread beyond the United States is still uncertain.

U.S. carriers are selling off hundreds of older, less-efficient planes, so the industry is unlikely to grow sharply again, even if oil prices - which climbed Friday briefly to another record above $142 a barrel - were to drop and the economy were to rebound.

Passengers flying within the United States need to begin preparing for some significant cuts to airline fleets and schedules that will begin taking effect within a few months.

U.S. airports of every size - from LaGuardia in New York to Oakland in California - will also be affected as airlines reduce flights and eliminate service altogether.

Cuts also are taking place on international routes, affecting cities from London to Buenos Aires, as well as U.S. destinations popular with travelers from around the world, like Honolulu and Orlando, Florida.

By year's end, approximately 100 U.S. communities will lose regular commercial air service, a number that may double next year, according to the Air Transport Association, or ATA, the industry trade group.

At least one major carrier could liquidate, ATA has warned, on top of eight small airlines that have gone out of business or filed for bankruptcy protection this year.

"It's a bad situation that's getting worse," said David Castelveter, a spokesman for the trade group.

With more steps expected next year, the growth enjoyed by the U.S. airline industry over the last decade will likely be lost, even though the wave of big mergers than many analysts predicted as a solution to excess capacity have not taken place.

In the past week, two of the biggest U.S. airlines, American and United, announced plans to cut cities like Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and San Luis Obispo, California, out of their networks.

Overall, the cuts will reduce flights by U.S. carriers from 11 percent to 12 percent, industry analysts estimate.

Well before jet fuel costs jumped more than 80 percent over the last year, industry analysts were saying there were too many carriers and that a round of mergers was needed to consolidate the industry.

In effect, travelers in the United States are seeing the likely results of such mergers - reducing operations to save costs - with only one merger occurring, the combination of Delta and Northwest.

"It's not for the faint of heart," David Barger, the chief executive at JetBlue, said of the current environment.

For U.S. airlines, the steps are an attempt to stave off losses that could wind up being the worst in industry history this year, even greater than in 2002, when travel plummeted in the wake of the September 2001 attacks.

The ATA predicts that U.S. airlines will collectively lose a minimum of $7 billion this year, and as much as $13 billion, which would eclipse the $11 billion the carriers lost during 2002.

Many European carriers, by contrast, look better placed to ride out the storm. Unlike most of their U.S. competitors, European airlines are able to insure against escalating fuel costs, and a much larger proportion of their flights serve lucrative routes.

The strong European players include Air France, which is reaping the benefits of its acquisition of KLM, and Lufthansa, which is doing the same with Swiss International Air Lines. Both deals took place after the 2001 terror attacks in the United States and amid the ensuing global downturn in air travel, while many U.S. airlines limped through that period under bankruptcy protection.

Most European airlines that were not part of the consolidation trend, like Alitalia, which today is surviving with Italian government support, are stuck in the same position as their U.S. counterparts.

For passengers like Allon Lefever of Harrisonburg, Virginia, the prospective cuts threaten to make his trips even more cumbersome. He prefers to fly Continental from Washington Dulles International airport to Toledo Express Airport in Ohio, via Cleveland, for the board meetings he must attend four times a year.

But earlier this month, Continental announced it would drop service to Toledo, including the flight Lefever waited for Wednesday afternoon.

"It's disappointing to see another airline walking away from the Toledo airport," Lefever said.

Only this February, Continental replaced the 19-seat turboprop planes that used to serve the airport with 37-seat aircraft.

"We haven't had much time to really enjoy it," said Eric Frankl, the director of the airport.

Losing Continental is one more setback for the airport's effort to convince passengers to fly from there instead of larger airports in Detroit and Cleveland, each about 90 minutes away.

"It really hurts our ability to serve the business community," Frankl said. "Most companies that are looking for a location want to have good, convenient access to the air transportation system."

Castelveter at the Air Transport Association said the airlines regretted having to cut back on a system that essentially promised travellers that they could fly to any corner of the country within a day's journey.

"It's now a matter of survival. I don't think any airline wants to say to any community, 'we can't serve you,"' he said. "But they've got no choice."

Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines said Friday that it planed to begin charging a fuel surcharge of up to $50 for booking frequent-flier tickets under its awards program.

Delta is not the first airline to charge a fee for previously free tickets, but it is specifically blaming the step on the soaring cost of jet fuel.

The new fee will take effect on tickets booked on or after Aug. 15. Delta will charge a $25 fuel surcharge on tickets booked within the United States, and $50 on tickets booked for travel elsewhere, including the Caribbean, the United States Virgin Islands, Latin America and other international destinations.

Nick Bunkley contributed reporting from Toledo, Ohio.

Harry Tembenis
Worcester, MA