Inside American Airlines on CNBC

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  1. N670DN
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    Looked to see if there was a thread in here but it doesn't appear that there is...
    There was a 2 hour documentary on AA last night on CNBC. I ended up watching the 2nd hour after seeing it on a guide and I was impressed with it. It showed a lot of information, analysis, etc. on how several systems work. Again I only watched half of it, but it showed baggage systems at ORD and a mad dog getting a heavy check at OKC.

    They also met an AAdvantadge member with 31 million miles and broke down the financial statistics AA1 JFK-LAX with how much it cost. AA only profited $200! That 767 went cross country 18 times during the week that the documentary was filmed.

    Here is the link, which has the program online and more information:
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/18576787/
     
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    If I didn't have tons of work to get done tonight, I know what I'd be watching. Sometime soon though. Thanks for the link.
     
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    If this is the same documentary I'm thinking of, it's been around for a while and is shown periodically on CNBC. The numbers are probably out of date.
     
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    It's from 2006 I believe. I've heard of it but never got a chance to watch it, and if it's online I might as well catch up.

    As for whether or not those numbers are off after 5 years, according to this FT thread today, they're actually pretty accurate. You be the judge of the accuracy though. ;)
     
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    Yeah it's from the "CNBC Originals" series that they air every now and then and have specials on Target, McDonald's, etc. This particular episode was #3 in season 1, originally aired October 2006.

    Unless there's another one out there, but I haven't seen anything similar in a while.
     
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    $200 per fligth on 1000 flights per day ends up as $73 million per year. Compared to the cost of their assets, airlines have never been considered to be real profitable.
     
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    I've seen it before, pretty interesting. Would love to see other airlines do something similar.
     
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    I used to have a copy on DVD. Someone on FT had hooked me up. Nice show. Glad to see they've posted it online for watching.

    I do wish they'd have an update every 2 years or something.
     
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    There's a similar documentary about a cruise ship. To me, that one was the real eye opener. It had quotes about alcohol sales on board making the difference between a cruise that's profitable and one that loses money. I thought I detected rather cynical staff attitudes toward passengers.
     
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    It was on an older NCL ship. Pearl I believe.

    CNBC's Cruise Inc, Big Money on the High Seas.

    Can be found on hulu
     
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    That sounds right. IIRC they also talked about the excursion day to their private island, where passengers are at their mercy for F & B and recreation activities prices.
     
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    I dont' remember if they covered Great Stirrup Cay or not in that episode. But on the private islands everything is priced as it is on the ship. Which is reasonable for a public serving. Although I do feel drink prices on NCL are higher than many other cruise lines.
     
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    I wish they would make a new one on DL, considering post-merger and such.

    I did think it was old considering there was an A300 in it...and there were 350+ mad dogs
     
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    Thanks for the link. I think I'll watch this.
     

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