Archive for June, 2008

Gas Prices affect everyone

June 24th, 2008 No comments

Gas prices really hit home and affect everyone. No one really knows the true effect of gas prices until it is too late. I worry about the gas prices effect on the economy as a whole. Today’s article from CNN shows the impact it could have on airlines. As a frequent flier and traveler I have sidelined some of my trips due to the cost. In fact a trip across town is taken into consideration more closely because of the sheer cost of fuel. As a once frequent restaurant goer I now eat at home more than ever before. The cost of fuel really effects my day-to-day life.

With the volatility of the airlines these days anything that effects them shows a true representation of the American family. Like that of the already hard hit American families airlines are hurting too as can bee seen in the quote from the CNN article, “Already-depleted cash reserves are dwindling fast, and unless the fuel crisis lessens, airlines face not the now-familiar protracted restructuring in bankruptcy, but outright and immediate extinction”. The families will not disappear but it will affect the American way of life that we have grown so accustomed too.

Read the article over at CNN, Fuel costs could ‘devastate’ airlines.

Fuel costs could ‘devastate’ airlines

Rising fuel costs could drive major air carriers out of business and hurt economy, says report.

By Aaron Smith, staff writer

NEW YORK ( — The skyrocketing price of fuel could “devastate” the airline industry and hurt the economy, according to a report from the Business Travel Coalition released Monday.

Pressured by rising fuel costs, major airlines could collapse as early as this year, the coalition said. The failure of just one airline could disrupt travel for 200,000 to 300,000 daily passengers and cause between 30,000 and 75,000 immediate job losses, said the coalition.

The failure of more than one airline could result in 100,000 job losses, said the report, particularly in such hubs as Atlanta for Delta Air Lines (DAL, Fortune 500), Chicago for UAL Corp.’s (UAL) United Airlines and Continental Airlines’ (CAL, Fortune 500) Houston.

“Already-depleted cash reserves are dwindling fast, and unless the fuel crisis lessens, airlines face not the now-familiar protracted restructuring in bankruptcy, but outright and immediate extinction,” said the report.

Business travel would be disrupted, as would the airborne supply chain for goods like pharmaceuticals, electronics and auto parts.

Rising fuel costs hit airlines hard. Fuel expenses are expected to total $61.2 billion this year, compared to $41.2 billion in 2007, according to the Air Transport Association.

Some major airlines, such as Northwest Airlines (NWA, Fortune 500), United Airlines, Delta and U.S. Airways (LCC, Fortune 500), continue to operate despite filing for bankruptcy in the last several years. But the credit crisis would make it harder for a bankrupt airline to keep operating while trying to restructure its business, according to the coalition.

The lack of bankruptcy financing is part of the reason why smaller airlines like Aloha, ATA, Champion, Eos and Skybus recently stopped operating, said the report.

Analysts who cover the industry disagreed that a major carrier would crumble this year, because the airlines still have enough cash to survive into 2009.

“I think it’s more likely that any large airline bankruptcies would occur next year,” said Philip Baggaley of Standard & Poor’s, who has assigned his lowest ratings to U.S. Airways, AirTran Airways (AAI) and JetBlue Airways (JBLU). “At least at current fuel prices, most of them have enough liquidity to get through several more quarters. But it could get rather more uncomfortable by 2009. Oil prices are the largest variable.”

Robert Mann Jr., an industry consultant, said the airlines have enough cash to ward off collapse for this year, and that capacity cuts should help them survive.

“The cuts in flying are designed to cut cash loss and that’s what I hope happens,” said Mann.

Raymond Neidl of Calyon Securities agreed that the airlines have enough cash to avoid disaster in the near future, though he expects that the number of carriers will shrink through consolidation.

“Nobody’s going into bankruptcy this year,” said Neidl. “Airlines die slow, and they always seem to come up with the cash to keep going.”

Delta plans to acquire Northwest Airlines, though the merger is yet to be finalized.

How is the cost of gasoline effecting your life? Does it affect you daily? Do you travel less because of the price of fuel? Let the world know how the effects on your wallet…

Happy Fathers Day

June 16th, 2008 1 comment

As I have grown older Father’s day has meant much to me. I am fortunate enough to still have my father, My Dad is great. He is one of the most kind hearted peoples I know. He takes care of me even as an adult. Today we ot to sped the end of the day together just me and him. I bought him a set of tools which represents much more than a gift.

I gave him a set of tools that we will use together. I feel very lucky to have a father that has alwasy been there for me. No matter what corner of the world I move too I know I can always count on him for support. He helps move and gives ideas “why don’t you do it these way”. Man that guy is smart. Wise beyond my years.

I love my father and I am not afraid to say it. No matter if it was hgih school soccer game, chaprone for international trips where he would be responsible for for other people’s kids my father has always been there. He is a great man and I hope to live to be half the man he is.

Father’s want their children to be better than them. I try my hardest to live up to the hopes and dream he has helped shape for me. My father is a great husband, great mentor, and a great human being. I love you Dad.

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I’m Voting Republican

June 12th, 2008 2 comments

Every now and again there is a video that describes me.

I found this video at I’m Voting Republican.
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As the political season heats up expect more politics from me. Though I will probably be biased towards making a better America I will post some humor from all angles. If you notice the title of post as “I’m Voting Republican” that is part of the joke. I have not yet made my decision who I am going to vote for. The media and the parties haven’t figured out who is going to be running for president! I have and still don’t know who to vote for. As the political campaigns ramp-up and more campaign jobs open up and me looking for jobs I might be on the campaign trail myself.

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