News and notes from around the interweb:
- It’s not just American Airlines flights that keep letting passengers off without having to go through immigration. An ANA subsidiary, Vanilla Air, dropped off 159 passengers from Taipei at Tokyo Narita without going through immigration. (HT: Jeff Edwards)
- Not the Onion: Airbnb entering into agreement with the Services Employees International Union to get people renting out their homes to hire unionized cleaning services
- I received a targeted offer from United for up to 75,000 bonus miles based on my ticket spend with them through September 4.
The offer also promoted status matches.
Elevate your Premier status when you earn PQD. If you have a higher status with another airline, we may be able to match it
- In Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams began:
This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.
In the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, the EU will collect and share airline passenger information which is odd because the Brussels terrorists weren’t passengers, the attack was landside, they weren’t flying. Could it be that agencies who had this agenda all along took advantage of the devastation? Surely no one would be so cynical.
- Indian court issues arrest warrant for founder of now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines
- The lesson in the DOT’s approval of Norwegian Air International commencing service to the U.S.:
as DOT makes clear in its ruling, there is no legal basis to deny NAI a permit, then it’s time to move on and let the market play out. There’s no guarantee of NAI’s commercial success – many are skeptical of the long-haul, low cost carrier business model. But Open Skies agreements are not about guaranteeing business success, they are about guaranteeing market access. They’re about potential jobs and ticket sales for all, not the few.
It seems to me that some of the legacy carriers on either side of the Atlantic have done a convenient repackaging of what that means since they gained their immunized transatlantic joint ventures in one of the world’s most lucrative markets. They acquired great and privileged access as part of the Open Skies deals; now they want to lock out new competitors.
- Outcome of the Democratic primary in New York aside, the most important story to come out of campaigning there for Hillary Clinton was her very first experience with Boba tea. Awkwardly, though, she refers to it as ‘chewy tea’. (HT: Mediaite)