News and notes from around the interweb:
- After speculation that Airbus could terminate the A380 program, they’re now saying that they’ll consider a new engine version of the plane which Emirates has been asking for and considering a ‘stretch’ variant for more passengers as well. (HT: Alex B.)
We’ll see what they actually do, but they clearly don’t want speculation that the program could end as that would hardly boost sales! The new comments come, it seems, after Airbus got a spanking over the comments from Emirates. One analyst says the market would puke if Airbus actually moved forward with a new engine A380.
- Old Alaska Airlines seats have turned into carry on bags
- United’s 7 hour tarmac delay. Perfect example of how these things are rarely the airline’s fault – a closed airport and low fuel after a long haul trip forced a diversion to a domestic airport that couldn’t process immigration. Then the crew ran out of allowable hours to keep working. United worked with authorities to let passengers onto the tarmac before reboarding the aircraft.
- The government is proposing to standardize cruise ship port rules to make them more like airport security.
- Delta and WestJet introduce limited reciprocal frequent flyer earn and burn.
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