News and notes from around the interweb:
- Denver airport leads the nation in weapons confiscated by the TSA
- Emirates Boeing 777 business class may finally catch up in quality to US airlines starting in 2016 with lie flat seats.
Meanwhile Emirates has introduced the world’s an Airbus A380 with over 600 seats. It will fly Dubai-Bangkok and Copenhagen starting December 1 and Kuala Lumpur in January. (So far my own Dubai – Bangkok flight in January is unaffected.)
- LAX late night landing patterns are being changed “due to secret military operations, the airspace over the Pacific is closed to incoming flights for the next week.”
- 5000 bonus miles from the AAdvantage shopping portal
- Giveaway: 60 tickets on inaugural flights to the Caribbean
- Airlines “are businesses whose profits are competed out of existence.” (HT: Alan H.) High fixed costs, heavily regulated, limits on airspace and gate space, there’s little room for innovation. They’re making money now but over time they generally do not.
- Just one side of the story, but.. A two million miler Global Services member involved in a near-death private plane accident who suffers from PTSD who was banned from United for cancelling his wife’s award tickets whenever he felt up to traveling on his own.
United Global Services Welcome Kit, credit: Pizza in Motion
- Solar storm made every plane in Sweden disappear from the country’s radar screens