American Retires the A-300

American Airlines retired the last of its Airbus A-300 aircraft this week.  I was never a big fan of the aircraft, but that didn’t stop me from flying on the big buses to the Caribbean, and even London (LHR) back when AA flew them to Europe.  Theoretically, they were very similar to the 767-300, but they really had enormous cargo capability compared to the 767-300.  So this brings American down to five aircraft fleets, the 777, 767, 757, 737 and MD80.  The 757 and 767 share a common pilot type rating .

That Bag Fee Thing

I know this is at least my 3rd post on the subject in the last few days, but seriously folks, the baggage fees are beginning to get close to the breaking point.  I mean, if the airlines charge $20 dollars, or $25 dollars…how long do you think it will be before they test the next price point?  Maybe I’m wrong, and if I am, I’ll admit it here.  But the airlines can’t depend on unlimited consumer tolerance for bag fees.  They are beginning to test the top of the scale.

Can Southwest Stick it Out?

Speaking of bag fees, how long can it be before Southwest succumbs to the temptation of the ancillary revenue bandwagon?  I expect they will be charging for the second checked bag within 6 months, and I’m OK with that.  I’m also OK with my thinking that they may never charge for the first bag.  And that’s one more reason to fly Southwest.  Speaking of Southwest, they’re going to install wi-fi from Row 44 fleetwide beginning this fall.

Where in the World am I This Week?

I will be leaving for Oklahoma City (OKC) Sunday afternoon for a fun-filled several days of work.  Ugh.  I’m flying American Airlines from Reagan National (DCA), connecting in DFW.  My Platinum upgrade has cleared, and I’m looking forward to the flight.  I’m very excited to be staying at the historic Hilton Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.  You can count on a full review of the hotel after my stay.