News and notes from around the interweb:
- Amtrak accidents have been getting less common over the past 15 years.
- Code for 30% off Hiltons in Southeast Asia
- Virgin America’s CEO thinks it makes no sense to “give the most valuable space on the airplane to people for free” by not charging for carry on bags. He’s wrong, it’s not free, passengers pay for their tickets. Most airlines haven’t ‘unbundled’ carry on space. Of course doing so would lead to longer airport processing times, which can increase costs for an airline at least as much as they bring in in fees.
- American’s senior vice president for government affairs, Will Ris, will retire at the end of the year. That leaves only 2 members of American’s senior leadership team left that come from pre-merger American: Beverly Goulet (Chief Integration Officer) and Maya Leibman (Chief Information Officer). Once integration is complete, if all continues to go well, either or both could write their own ticket…
- Delta plans $5 billion in new stock buybacks (Wall Street Journal so Google it if you hit a paywall). No one said they aren’t operating a good business, indeed here are 5 good reasons to choose Delta. For most people, though, SkyMiles just ain’t one.
- La Quinta is again offering 500 free points
- The CEO of Qatar Airways says US airlines offer crap service (to go along with his claim that Delta flies crap planes though I’m not sure he should talk given much of his fleet has angled business class seats). He also thinks American CEO Doug Parker “has been ‘misled’ by CEOs from another carrier in joining Delta and United in pressing claims of anti-competitive behavior.” Akbar al-Baker really should just keep his mouth closed when his US rivals are politically self-destructing on their own…