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- Air Tran Airways
Air Tran Airways
AirTran Airways is a US budget airline with its new headquarters in Orlando,Florida. The airline covers mainly the Eastern and Midwestern areas of the United States. The airline was founded back in 1992 when known as ValueJet Airlines. With the expansion of the airline over the years an offer was made by Southwest Airlines,which resulted in the takeover by them of AirTran Airways in 2011.
AirTran Airways is considered a 3 star airline with an aircraft fleet of 140 planes ( Mar 2011 ) covering 70 destinations.The aircraft fleet is being modernised with new planes coming on stream in the next few years.The safety record of the airline in recent years has been good with only minor incidents recorded in the 1990’s.
There are two different categories of tickets available being Business and Economy Class. The cabin service is good quality but Inflight Entertainment does not score as high.The airline was the first to introduce internet access on all its planes for passenger use. In 2010 AirTran Airways had progressed to reach 70 cities coast to coast and cover the Caribbean area,achieving more than 700 flights a day around the US and carrying close to 25 million passengers in a year.
This low cost airline provides travellers working with a tight budget to travel to destinations at attractive prices but passengers should not expect the quality of the major airlines at these prices.
- Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines has grown from small beginnings to the current seventh largest USA airline based on passenger numbers. The airline has its headquarters based in Seattle and covers destinations outside Alaska to Mexico and the Hawaiian Islands. Through a difficult early period the airline managed to survive, changing the name to the current Alaska Airlines in 1944. The years following were difficult, resulting in the restructure of the airline, with the benefit of profitable years and expansion of the airline.
Alaska Airlines is considered a 3 star airline with an aircraft fleet of 117 planes ( Oct 2011 ) and 91 destinations. The airline came second in the 2011 Skytrax Airline Awards for the Best Regional Airline in North America.There are two categories of ticket, First and Economy Class available on flights.
The cabin service and conditions are good quality with the First Class area scoring high on Inflight Entertainment and meals offered. The airline has internet facilities available on nearly all flights on a fee basis. The safety record of the airline is good with the last serious accident happening in Jan 2000, when a flight with 88 people was lost in the Pacific Ocean,when attempting an emergency landing at Los Angeles airport.
This airline offers travellers access to destinations not offered by the major airlines, at reasonable prices with a good standard of service.
- Allegiant Air
Allegiant Air is a US budget airline with its headquarters based in Enterprise,Nevada(USA). The airline commenced operations in 1998, known at that time as WestJet Express but had to change to Allegiant Air, due to trademark issues. The airline has been very successful since operations started, as a result of attractive low airfares and operating from minor airports that major airlines did not fly to. Other reasons for success has been keeping maintenance costs low and choosing warm weather destinations.
Allegiant Air is considered a 3 star airline with an aircraft fleet of 80 planes (Sep 2010 ) and travelling to 75 destinations. The aircraft fleet has an ageing number of planes which are being replaced currently with newer models. The safety record is good with no incidents or accidents recorded to date. Being a budget airline there is only one category of ticket available. The airline also offers holiday packages to the destinations on its routes which are attractively priced and another revenue source for the company.
The cabin service and conditions are a basic good standard. The customer support in general does not score as high, in relation to delays and cancellation matters. There is no Inflight Entertainment available on flights and food has to be purchased on board.
Allegiant Air has proved how popular to travellers has been the attractive low airfares offered but passengers have to take account of additional costs like excess baggage and food charges when booking their flight.
- American Airlines
American Airlines is one of the heavyweights of the airline industry, being the fourth largest in operation revenue, with its headquarters based in Fort Worth,Texas(USA).The airline was founded in 1930 being a collection of over 80 small airline companies, which evolved into the airline known as American Air Lines,which commenced operations in 1934.
American Airlines ( or known today as AA) is considered a 3 star airline, with a huge aircraft fleet of 609 planes (Dec 2011 ) covering over 260 different destinations.There is a planned modernisation scheme in place to replace a large number of ageing aircraft, over the coming years.
With such a large fleet of aircraft, American Airlines has suffered incidents and accidents from the 1930's to the present day.The most infamous being the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, when two planes were intentionally crashed into intended targets. In recent years the airline has recorded incidents and damage to aircraft with no injuries to passengers.The last serious accident being the loss of an aircraft in the New York area in Nov 2001, when 260 passengers and 5 people on the ground were killed.
The airline caters for First,Business and Economy Class passengers with the standard provided being good quality in cabin service and conditions. The airline announced on 29 Nov, 2011 that's its parent company AMR Corporation, is filing in the USA, for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. American Airlines advised that despite this, the airline was operating normally.
American Airlines offers good value to travellers with a wide choice of destinations available, with a good standard of service. For a traveller on a budget, comparison should be made with the other airlines for best priced ticket.
- Continental Airlines
Continental Airlines is a US major airline, with its headquarters based now in Chicago,Illinois(USA) and founded in 1934. In 2010 an agreement was signed between Continental Airlines and United Airlines to merge, for the financial benefit of both airlines. The new brand name chosen was -" United ". The integration of the two airlines will take a period of time and expected to be completed by the end of 2012. The history of Continental Airlines has had periods of highs and lows due to financial pressures. The airline has grown and expanded through the 20th century,building a respected reputation. Continental Airlines came runner up at the Skytrax 2011 World Airline Awards in Paris, for Best International Airline in North America.
Continental Airlines is considered a 3 star airline with an aircraft fleet of 348 planes ( Sep 2010 ) and travelling to 140 destinations. There are three categories of ticket available First,Business and Economy Class. The safety record is good, although there have been several incidents in recent years, which have resulted in injuries. The airline was heavily fined following the legal case findings, relating to the incident in Paris,when a small metal strip belonging to a Continental Airlines flight, was the reason for an Air France Concorde plane crashing soon after takeoff.
The cabin service and conditions are a good standard with the Business and First Class scoring higher on seat comfort and Inflight Entertainment available. The Inflight Entertainment provided is very good with individual TV monitors and access to many TV channels,movies,games and internet facilities, at a small fee for Economy Class.
Continental Airlines provides travelers with good value for a major airline operator and is worth checking out before booking your flight on your next trip.
- Delta Airlines
Delta Air Lines is another heavyweight world airline based in Atlanta,Georgia ( USA). With the purchase of NorthWest Airlines in 2008, Delta Air Lines became the world's second largest airline in passenger traffic. From humble beginnings in 1924, this airline commenced operations in 1929 and known then as Delta Air Services. Delta Air Lines is one of the few airlines that flies to all six inhabited continents -North and South America,Europe,Africa,Asia and Australia.
Delta Air Lines is considered a 3 star airline with a huge aircraft fleet of 790 planes ( Jan 2011) and flying to over 240 destinations. The aircraft fleet is being modernised with new planes now on order and coming into service in the next few years. The categories of ticket are Business/First and Economy Class. Business/First Class has excellent seating comfort and good Inflight Entertainment available to passengers. The airline introduced internet facilities in 2008 to its aircraft fleet, providing passengers with useful communication access.
Cabin service is good quality for all categories although cabin conditions in Economy Class does not score as high. The safety record of the airline is good with the record showing few incidents in recent years, with no injuries to passengers.
This airline provides travellers with a great range of destinations around the world to travel to and at prices which are reasonable but worth comparing with other airlines for the best value.
- Frontier Airlines
Frontier Airlines is a low cost airline with its headquarters based in Indianapolis,Indiana (USA). This airline was founded in 1994, providing a regional service within the USA and also to destinations like Mexico and Costa Rica. Due to financial pressures, Frontier Airlines announced notice of Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2008,which resulted in the airline being taken over by Republic Airways Holdings. The takeover has benefited the airline with continued trading and growth.
Frontier Airlines is considered a 3 star airline with an aircraft fleet of 91 planes and 83 destinations. At the Skytrax 2011 Airline Awards, Frontier Airlines achieved third place for Best Regional Airline in North America and third place for Best Low Cost Airline in North America,which was a fine achievement.
The cabin service and conditions are a good standard, with seat comfort scoring well. Customer support does not score so high in relation to dealing with cancellation matters. Inflight television is available subject to a small fee payable. The airline has a good safety record since its incorporation with no incidents on record to date.
Frontier Airlines is a good low cost airline, providing travellers on a small budget good airfare options for flights within the USA and further.
- JetBlue Airways
JetBlue Airways is a US budget airline with its headquarters based in Forest Hills,New York(USA) and began operating in 2000. This airline is rated with the highest ranking in the USA,which is quite an achievement considering the major US airlines that are in competition. JetBlue Airways has been very successful in a short period of time with the strategy of not only offering low cost airfares but in addition providing a quality product. The airline intention was to improve the in-flight experience by providing more comfort and customer service than the other low cost airlines.This aim resulted in the airline being very successful and popular with travelers.
JetBlue Airways is considered a 4 star airline with an aircraft fleet of 167 planes( May 2011) and travelling to 70 destinations. The airline was awarded at the 2011 Skytrax Airline Awards, with the Best Domestic Airline in North America award,which is quite a competitive section. There is only one category of ticket available - Economy Class.The safety record of the airline is good, with only a few minor incidents recently, resulting in no injuries.
The cabin service and conditions are of a very good standard with seat comfort scoring very well. The Inflight Entertainment available is also very good with individual TV monitors, showing satellite TV channels and other facilities.
JetBlue Airways, although a low cost airline offers travelers a higher quality of travel at affordable prices compared to the major airlines and a more comfortable experience than some of the other budget airlines. This is an airline worth considering when booking future travels.
- Southwest Airlines
SouthWest Airlines is a US budget airline, with its headquarters based in Dallas,Texas(USA). Based on domestic passenger numbers, the airline is the largest in the USA, as a result of the attractive low airfares offered to travelers. SouthWest Airlines commenced operations in 1971 and faced early losses and legal disputes.
The airline introduced the strategy of quick turnaround use of planes and other efficiency methods, to reduce costs and improve profits .SouthWest Airlines was one of the first airlines in 1995 to introduce the website booking facility and save on administration costs. The airline became successful and its business model copied in other countries. The livery of the airline is quite distinct, with a dark blue and orange combination.There were several acquisitions made over the years, with the most recent being in 2011,when Air Tran Airways was acquired.
SouthWest Airlines is considered a 4 star airline with an aircraft fleet of 565 planes ( Apr 2011) travelling to 72 destinations. There is a significant order in place for the new Boeing 737 to enter service in the next few years and modernize the fleet.The safety record of the airline is good with no passenger deaths in its history but there have been numerous incidents in recent years with fortunately only minor injuries.
The airline has a good quality standard for the cabin service and conditions, with high passenger approval. Inflight Entertainment and the handling of excess baggage and cancellations do not score as high.
SouthWest Airlines with its attractive fare structure and product has been successful with travelers, with a limited budget and set to expand over the coming years.
- Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines is a budget airline with its headquarters based in Miramar,Florida(USA). The airline was founded in 1980, when known then as Charter One, providing flights to mainly entertainment destinations like Las Vegas,Atlantic City and the Caribbean. In 1992 the airline changed its name to Spirit Airlines and expanded quickly as a result of the ultra low airfares advertised and being popular with travellers. More recently new destinations have opened up to Latin American destinations like Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Spirit Airlines is considered a 3 star airline with an aircraft fleet of 36 planes (Nov 2011) and 49 destinations.The airline is increasing its fleet with the new Airbus in the next few years and replacing the ageing planes.The safety record of the airline is very good with no record of accidents or incidents to date. The airline offers one category of ticket at attractive prices to travellers. The cabin service is good quality but seat comfort and Inflight Entertainment does not score as high. Customer support services dealing with cancellations also does not score as high.
This airline provides travellers on a limited budget with attractive flight prices but passengers should prepare themselves for additional fees for any excess baggage being taken on flights or possible change of seating as the cost for this can add up. Passengers flying a short haul flight with Spirit Airlines can expect a good service and a good saving compared to the major airlines.
- US Airways
US Airways is one of the major airlines in the USA with its headquarters based in Tempe,Arizona. The airline was founded in 1939, known then as All American Aviation. The years that followed were a period of ups and downs for the airline, with brand name changes and restructuring of the company. It was only recently in 1996 that the airline became known by its current name of US Airways. Financial pressure on profits began to build with the competition being so close between the main airlines that mergers were becoming necessary. So in 2005 US Airways merged with American West Airlines to become the sixth largest airline in the USA, the companies agreeing not to change the brand name- US Airways.
US Airways is considered a 3 star airline with an aircraft fleet of 340 planes (Oct 2011) and travelling to 141 destinations.The airline is making recent efforts to modernize its aircraft fleet with a big order of new planes. There are three different categories of ticket available - First,Business and Economy Class. The cabin service and conditions are a good standard although some areas on short haul flights do not score as high.
The safety record in recent years has been good,although there was a recent incident in Jan 2009. A US Airways flight was struck by a flock of geese on takeoff,which forced the airline to ditch in the Hudson River,New York. Through the skill of the flight crew all aboard the plane were rescued safely.
US Airways is having to make an effort to compete with the other major airlines on ticket price and onboard conditions, as travelers are looking for quality and price when travelling to destinations. Potential travelers are best advised to compare between the airline deals.
- United Airlines
United Airlines is the largest airline in the world, with its headquarters based in Chicago,Illinois(USA). The airline was founded in 1926 and in the early years moved mail across the USA. The development of the airline has been a gradual process with many ups and downs along the way. Through the process the airline has had to deal with financial difficulties and restructure to meet the current day competition between the airlines. The most recent development has been the agreed merger with Continental Airlines,which took place in 2010.
United Airlines is considered a 3 star airline with a huge aircraft fleet currently at 702 planes and flying to 216 destinations. The safety record of the airline in the last decade is good with just a few minor incidents. However there was the infamous attack on 11 Sep 2001 at New York and Washington,which involved two United Airlines planes crashing into buildings,resulting in the deaths of all passengers and crew aboard.
The airline offers four categories of ticket - Business,First ,Premiun Economy and Economy Class. The cabin service and conditions of Business and First Class areas are a good standard as well as the Inflight Entertainment available. The Premium Economy and Economy Class areas do not score as high.
Being the largest airline in the world provides difficulties in keeping standards at the same level throughout the airline. However,this airline keeps up a good standard and travellers benefit from the wide range of destinations at good airfare value with special offers available also.
- Virgin America
Virgin America is a low cost airline with its headquarters based in Burlinghame,California (USA). The airline started operating in 2007 and was an idea of Sir Richard Branson,whose company Virgin Group own 25 % of the airline but it is a separate entity from Virgin Atlantic. Virgin America connects the big cities of the East and West coasts of the USA. Before the company came into being, there were many setbacks and difficulties to overcome due to the regulations of the US Department of Transportation.
Virgin America is considered a 4 star airline with an aircraft fleet of 44 planes ( Apr 2011) and covering 16 destinations. The planes in service are the Airbus series which are quite new. Virgin America was awarded Best Low Cost Airline in North America at the 2011 Skytrax Airline Awards held in Paris. The airline also came runner up for Best Domestic Airline in North America.
There are two categories of ticket available First and Main Cabin Class.The cabin service and cabin conditions are a good standard.There is a new feature of " mood lighting " which creates an attractive and enjoyable environment for all those aboard. Having such a modern aircraft fleet has the benefit of the latest seat comfort and Inflight Entertainment available.Passengers have access to the internet,satellite television,games and on demand movies.
Virgin America has made a big impact since its began operating, offering travellers a quality product for low cost airfares between the big cities of the USA.
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