News and notes from around the interweb:
- American expects to get its single operating certificate for the US Airways merger in April, and Alaska Airlines sounds like it’s looking for a merger partner.
- A ‘fear of flying’ familiarization flight was struck by lightning.
- Misbehaving toddler gets entire family kicked off a flight on Cathay Pacific from Bangkok to Hong Kong.
- Etihad has announced A380 service on the New York JFK – Abu Dhabi route effective December 1. This is the plane with the “Residence” and the first class apartment, the latter accessible with miles including American Airlines miles. Etihad staff at LAX two weeks ago told me to expect this, and said they hoped to eventually get the plane as well.
- Reminder that Hyatt lets you combine points from multiple accounts and there’s no requirement that accountholders be family members.
- Delta’s new ad shows a business traveler in a foreign city. And then he flies Delta. (HT: Brian Sumers). Here’s why nearly all airline advertising fails, although these ads are some of the best.
- For those claiming Gulf carriers aren’t out to make money, note that Etihad investment Air Serbia is now turning a profit.