News and notes from around the interweb:
- Delta’s incoming President doesn’t want you to redeem your miles for free tickets. Instead he wants you to use your miles at a penny apiece for Stella Artois beer in the airline’s SkyClubs. But Delta’s Glen Hauenstein, the man behind the revenue-based frequent flyer program trend in the airline industry, foresees a time when [u]sing miles for haircuts “is not out of the question”. Better save those miles because they’ll save yoo your Supercuts budget. (HT: Ryan)
- Aviation abbreviations you should know
- ICAO adopted a new rule that planes in distress must transmit their location every minute. Cockpit voice recording time is to be extended. This won’t help pinpoint planes that haven’t flagged their distress, of course. (HT: Paul H.)
- Delta will be adding seats to regional jets. Good times.
- Three fourths of American’s regional fleet will have first class by 2018, and all 2-cabin regional jets will have inflight internet. From Doug Parker’s presentation at the JP Morgan aviation conference:
- Emirates has unveiled their new business class seat — that I argued was leagues behind what US airlines offer — and as I expected “the 2-3-2 layout makes no allowance for direct aisle access by the passenger in the middle seat, who’ll instead need to step past or over their seatmates to get to the aisle.” And they’re not even retrofitting existing angled business class seats on the 777s which will keep flying at least through 2020.
- Ben Baldanza, recently pushed out as CEO of Spirit Airlines, has joined the board of low cost carrire Wow Air.