News and notes from around the interweb:
- Inside the 2017 United Global Services welcome kit
- Lanzaron vuelos a Cuba y no sé por qué: From the very beginning I’ve said that US airline flights to Cuba would be a money losing proposition — high airport costs, low yield leisure traffic, demand on only one side (US). Unsurprisingly we’ve seen tons of fare sales, plenty of award availability, and already American cut three flights and downgauged two others.
Now it seems JetBlue will be operating smaller planes on all its routes. You might expect that in advance of summer for its New York flight, but Fort Lauderdale and Orlando service ought to be at least somewhat less seasonal.
- United’s pilots are asking President Trump for trade protectionism against Norwegian Air.
They are requesting “strictly enforcing the text of the Open Skies agreement with the European Union” although strict and literal reading of the Open Skies agreement would mean allowing Norwegian to fly. After many years the Department of Transportation finally approved Norwegian’s Irish subsidiary to fly to the U.S., finding that there was simply no legal basis on which to say no.
Copyright william87 / 123RF Stock Photo
- Meanwhile the CEO of Qatar Airways backs Trump.
“President Trump is trying to protect the interests of his country the same way I am trying to protect the interests of my country and my airline,” Stuff reported Al Baker, as saying. He added that Trump’s intellect as a businessman will ultimately prevail, especially seeking out ways to secure the best interest for his country.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker with Donald and Melania Trump in 1997, via Doha News
- Jason Steele on what credit cards celebrities use (HT: @Chucksth)
- Passenger who claimed to find a note about a bomb last month aboard a United flight faces prison time.
- Someone I’ve never heard of but who is apparently famous was kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight. So naturally the all seeing, all knowing lenses of TMZ were there. (HT: One Mile at a Time)