News and notes from around the interweb:
- The seemingly-random collection of airlines that Hainan Airlines’ parent company has invested in
- Details of American’s technology project to get legacy American and US Airways aircraft and crew onto a single system
- The April 11 issue of Airline Weekly reported American Airlines President Scott Kirby’s comments at the World Travel & Tourism Council about the airline’s need to continue pitching a fit about how unfair it is for the most profitable airline in the world to have to compete against less profitable airlines that they partner with from scary Middle East countries.
Kirby cited a New York-to-Mumbai ticket on Etihad with a base fare of just $48, or $680 including all taxes and surcharges. There’s no way, he asserted, an airline could charge that price without huge government subsidies.
Which of course means that United airlines, which had a base fare of $36 and no fuel surcharges from Melbourne to Los Angeles is massively subsidized.
Just like his boss Doug Parker, he’s focusing on the wrong this for the future of his airline.
- Also from Airline Weekly these are the world’s busiest airports in 2015, and their percentage of passenger growth in 2015: >
- American Airlines wants to limit the amount of extra fuel carried by its regional airlines (although to an amount still above FAA minimums). Having had to divert last month when an American flight I was on ran low on fuel, from a passenger perspective I like having extra fuel onboard. But that costs money, and the need to divert is rare.
- John Oliver takes on credit scores. Of course you can kvetch as Oliver does or learn how to manage your credit score (and here’s some data on what scores get approved for credit cards).