Changing Air Travel Routes

The marketplace affects where we can and cannot fly. If you need to travel between Lima, Peru and Atlanta, you can thank asparagus lovers. More than passenger traffic, Delta values the route because o…

Speed Pricing

What does a price tell you? Assume that you were going to purchase a GE Advantium 120 microwave oven on Sunday, August 12. Comparing Sears, Best Buy and Amazon’s sellers at 3 a.m., you would hav…

Plane Train Competition

Should government subsidize a railroad? Our story starts during the 1970s when you could fly from New York to Washington, D.C. on the Eastern shuttle. Eastern left hourly (!) and guaranteed a seat to …

Airline Mergers and Coffee

What to do when one airline uses a potent Starbucks bean, the other a weak Fresh Brew blend and they merge? After 14 months, Continental and United finally decided. Described in Bloomberg Businessweek…

Pricing Airline Tickets

During the 1970s, a ticket to fly between New York and Washington, D.C. cost $50 whereas one between Los Angeles and San Francisco-almost twice the distance-cost only $40.  Why? Before deregulati…

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