We've gotten where we are today in aviation, in computing, medicine, communications, by always pushing the envelope and working toward the next "big thing." Yes, we've been supersonic for decades, but we can't compare the scale of a commercial airliner to the X-15 or the Blackbird. And, if "Son of Concorde" comes to pass, it'll fly circles around the original. So we're not really doing a reprise of something we've already done. This is new. The question really is whether it'll be commercially viable.
True that. Look how effective the two converted DC-10s have been at dumping huge amounts of retardant on fires in a single pass. I know, it costs money. But some of our desert boneyards are full of retired heavies - 10s, L1011s, 747s that could be had cheap to nearly free. We seem to have money for everything else, from extraneous wars to extraneous social programs. How about spending just a little to solve this. (Footnote: We Southern Californians feel a lot more threatened by 200,000 acre wildfires than we do by terrorists or undocumented aliens...and over the years, we've accumulated the thousands of chimneys where homes used to stand to prove it.)
Not bad. Kept the eagle, AA combinaton in a nicely updated way. The gray paints kinda wander into United territory. I've always thought the American bare metal was way classy. (Somebody on this stream does raise the question of bare metal when American/USAir add 787s to the fleet, since the metal won't be there and carbon fiber isn't shiny...)
I think it's cool. They kept the legacy. Same typeface, same colors, a new version of the eagle. And they're staying with their legendary bright unpainted metal, which makes keeping the outside of the birds looking good a pretty simple deal (and saves hauling a few hundred pounds of paint around). If they merge, they'd have to re-decorate and re-brand anyway. If they don't, they needed to spiff things up a bit. Nice job, AA!
I spent 40+ years in the broadcasting industry and there's probably nobody in that business who doesn't have an accidentally open mic story. Never heard of one that went this far over the side, though! I guess it could have been the cabin PA instead, and overheard by a planeload of customers (and, of course, all those <expletive> <expletive> un-<expletive>able <expletive>ing flight attendants)!
Southwest is one of a kind, and always has been. Maybe not the most comfortable way to travel (no assigned seats), but a very smart business model that has kept them from resorting to beating us to death with extra charges for baggage, etc. and a lot of employees who seem to actually give a s*#t about their customers. Kudos to SWA.