News and notes from around the interweb:
- Interview with an Etihad onboard nanny (HT: Brian Sumers)
- United gave up on New York JFK and entered a deal with Delta to swap slots. The Justice Department has filed suit to block United from acquiring Delta slots at Newark while Delta says that doesn’t keep it from completing its transaction for United’s JFK slots.
- easyJet will launch a frequent flyer program. “Flight Club will be offered perks like free name changes and no administration charges when altering a ticket..To qualify for membership, passengers will have to have flown on 20 or more EasyJet flights over a 12-month period or spent a specified amount…”
- The EU is considering protectionist legislation to benefit member nation’s airlines at the expense of consumers, potentially banning Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar flights. The commission “is also working on the development of a ‘fair competition clause’ to be inserted in future aviation agreements” recognizing that the big Gulf carriers aren’t actually violating existing law or agreements.
- Requests by American Airlines for special tax breaks don’t seem to stop. But, umm, it’s the big Gulf carriers that get subsidies. Or something. I have a hard time keeping that one straight.
- Some Cathay Pacific flight attendants are unhappy about having to provide more extensive business class meal service without additional crew. Use Google translate. (HT: @winglets747)
- Hyatt’s CEO talks about hotels being the guests in your lives, rather than your being a guest in a hotel. He mentions staying at a friend’s home in Darien, Connecticut and that has me wondering whether Starwood’s Adam Aron lives there?