News and notes from around the interweb:
- Luggage Made From Recycled Airplane Seats Might Just Be Indestructible (HT: Paul H.)
- oneworld member Qatar Airways says they will buy up to a 10% stake in oneworld carrier LATAM. They already are the largest single shareholder of IAG, parent of oneworld airlines British Airways and Iberia (as well as Vueling and Aer Lingus). Of course public statements by Qatar should always be discounted.
IAG Ownership Table
- You can buy tickets on British Airways and pay only a deposit, with the balance due 5 weeks prior to departure. This means you can lock in space and a prior while only risking your deposit. That may be much better than getting stuck with a big change fee and flight credit (at best).
- How (and how often) airplane lavatories are cleaned
- A creepy tactic if Delta is watching you board other airlines and taking notes: It looks like Delta has stationed an employee with a clicker to count the number of passenger boarding Qatar’s flight.
- JetBlue and Hawaiian oppose approval of Delta’s joint venture with Aeromexico on the grounds that joint ventures in the past have always first required an OpenSkies agreement be in place between the two countries involved. Their position is anti-trust immunity shouldn’t be granted where are there legal impediments to outside competition.
- Some classic testy exchanges between pilots and air traffic control.