News and notes from around the interweb:
- Croatia’s tourism board wants you to waste your time by visiting
- Unserved route of the week: New York – Budapest
- FlyDubai FZ811 from Dubai to Abha spotted 2 missiles oncoming from the direction of Abha’s military air base.. The aircraft landed safely. These were presumably fired by Saudi Arabia to take out scuds launched from Yemen. I’ll be taking flyDubai for the first time shortly. In light of MH17 being shot down by a missile, commercial aircraft traveling through conflict zones is a scary thing.
- Overview of changes to the Choice Privileges program
- Amex’s management shakeups and $1 billion in cost cuts. Will it be enough to save CEO Ken Chennault’s job?
- Malaysia Airlines – which hasn’t found a buyer for its A380s – appears poised to keep the planes and add economy plus rather than premium economy at the rear of the upper deck.
- Saudia is the latest operator of Boeing 787s. Meanwhile, Philippine Airlines has ordered Airbus A350-900s which they see operating on US routes.
- “Nearly every big U.S. airline plans to apply for Cuba flights” because, presumably, they want to light money on fire.