News and notes from around the interweb:
- A secret for cheap hotels in Europe
- Qantas lost a Twitter bet to Air New Zealand and they’re only kind-of-sort-of (not really) making good on it. Does one crew count?
- Requiem for US Airways
US Airways was neither flashy nor ostentatiously elegant; it was always frumpy and unassuming. But in its last [two] decades it was a terrific airline, which enhanced the reputation of American aviation and brought a billion passengers to their destinations without a single call to the next of kin.
- While Delta makes the bizarre claim that it eliminated Atlanta – Dubai service (a route on which it had a monopoly) due to unfair competition from Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar, Air Canada launches Dubai service tomorrow. Oh and they started service to Delhi yesterday — while the US airlines claim that India service doesn’t work because of the big bad Mideast carriers (that are smaller airlines with less capital than the US mega-airlines). And access to capital isn’t at all a concern, since United, Delta, and American are all in the midst of multi-billion dollar share buybacks.
- Music for Airports was actually played live .. in an airport. How’s that for meta? San Diego’s terminal 2 got the honors. (HT: Tyler Cowen)
- Fred Thompson, R.I.P. Hunt for Red October. US Senate. Reverse mortgages. Die Hard 2. Stack ’em, pack ’em, and rack ’em.