Some of my favorite aviation and airline links

As I continue to play around with this website, I'll introduce a new feature. It's time to check out what's news in the airline industry. So here we go ...

United Airlines says it's committed to Houston, via the Houston Chronicle. 

BRIAN'S TAKE: This is probably a good thing, considering Houston is the airline's single largest hub. And it's one of the only true 'fortress hubs' in the system. That's a fancy way of saying that United owns Houston, where it doesn't have a whole lot of competition.'s Paul Brady gives us the scoop on the best time to buy Thanksgiving airfare. The trick? Buy soon - before the end of summer. 

BRIAN'S TAKE: Deciding when to buy airfare is more art than science, but for a busy time like Thanksgiving, earlier is probably better. 

You can now use the United Airlines mobile app to book your post-flight ground transport, via United press release. You'll get 1,000 MileagePlus miles for your first transaction. 

BRIAN'S TAKE: Kudos for United to partnering with the up-and-coming ride-share program, but let's remember how much controversy surrounds Uber. The service is particularly touchy at LAX, where police have been citing Uber and UberX drivers for a bunch of different infractions. 

Frontier Airlines has started its ramp-up at Washington Dulles International Airport, via Today in the Sky. 

BRIAN'S TAKE: Frontier is in the process of starting 18 new routes from Dulles, which according to USA Today will make it the third-biggest station in the network. I like this idea, as Frontier isn't really competing with hub carrier United. Instead, it wants bargain-seeking customers who have been put off by legacy airline fares. There could be room for both United and Frontier here.