News and notes from around the interweb:
- American gives free lounge access to the military
- Virgin Atlantic making actual improvements to coach flying.
- The US airlines’ document dump on Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar subsidies
- After British Airways and Iberia resigned from the primary airline lobbying organization in Europe, airberlin followed suit arguing that the Association of European Airlines had become protectionist in attacking the 3 major Gulf airlines. Etihad, of course, owns a stake in airberlin.
- Sprint now offers free data and text in 15 countries
- It took 9 years, but Qantas has prevailed over flyers who sued for 60 million miles because they were not permitted to use the forward closet in business class while seated in coach – “despite holding a specific status with the airline’s frequent-flyer program.”