Legacy carriers are up against rising competition from low-cost carriers. At the same time, American, Delta and United talk about making the travel journey more connected but they're forcing budget sensitive travelers in the opposite direction of that with new pricing structures.
Airlines would help themselves and travelers by communicating what realistic flight times are on busy routes and explaining that travelers should expect a flight to be a certain number of minutes longer or shorter depending on conditions.
These findings are in line with what we already know -- most seat capacity growth in China is for domestic flights, and the growth happening for international routes are for routes within Asia as those are destinations most in reach of the average Chinese outbound tourist.
The U.S. is the clear leader for connectivity megahubs as some carriers' hubs get bigger and Americans exhibit increased demand for inter-city business and leisure travel.
OAG was starting to become irrelevant without live updated information, and it's looking to grow beyond its core flight-scheduling products and picked off a competitor in the flight-tracking arena.
How the mighty have fallen, in their slow and failed attempts at moving beyond legacy and commodity information.
More in the-growth-is-outside-the-western-hemisphere story. Of course the U.S. airline mergers don't help the seat capacity in any way, since it is all about revenue optimization.