News and notes from around the interweb:
- If you’re going to be in DC this week check out the frequent flyer meetup on Wednesday.
- Rumor: British Airways to test mandatory self check-in at Heathrow’s terminal 3. Customers who check in with an agent could be charged.
- Massachusetts passed a 20 cent per ride tax on Uber and Lyft with a quarter of the new tax going to subsidize taxis (which will of course benefit the relatively wealthy owners of taxi companies most directly, and come 80% out of the pockets of ridesharing drivers).
The intersection of Taxis and The State, Arlington Virginia
- Uber is talking down the value of Lyft as Lyft seeks to sell itself. GM invested in Lyft at a $5.5 billion valuation, Uber claims Lyft isn’t worth more than $2 billion, not that Uber’s opinion matters as US regulators presumably wouldn’t allow such a deal.
- Southwest just had a major IT meltdown last month that cancelled a substantial portion fo their flights for days. Their IT systems don’t handle redeyes or let them vary schedule by day of the week let alone practice inventory management. So naturally their head of technology was inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame. (HT: ursine1)
- A first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for… Uzbekistan Airways
- The new British Airways business class seat for their Airbus A350 is basically the same as the old seat except passengers won’t have to climb over each other to reach the aisle.