News and notes from around the interweb:
- “Don’t use the computers in hotel business centers, particularly hotels where diplomats stay.”
- 1250 British Airways Avios signup bonus for TopCashBack UK
- Qantas introduces new business class pajamas
- Air France’s new strategy is to experiment with a low cost carrier within a carrier for international flying especially to Asia like every US airline tried and failed with domestically. Less noted in the coverage is that the turnaround plan explicitly includes more aggressive lobbying for government protection from competition with Gulf carriers.
- Ludo Lefebvre, the ‘Impressario of Pop-Up Dining’, is the celebrity chef who will be associated with the new JetBlue Mint menu. Surprisingly, celebrity chefs do matter for inflight meals.
- United pulling out of Newark – Belfast despite an agreement with Northern Ireland to take subsidies for service
- The Department of Transportation wants to condition anti-trust immunity for a Delta-Aeromexico joint venture on divestiture of slots for 6 new daily international flights from New York JFK and for 24 new international flights from Mexico City.
- American’s pilots are unhappy with current pay and want to re-open talks early. Their current contract runs through 2020 but other airline pay is increasing rapidly and they’re falling behind.