News and notes from around the interweb:
- American says they didn’t lose a PGA golfer’s clubs.
- Singapore Airlines expects layoffs
Singapore Airlines Ltd. said jobs are likely to be cut as part of a business review Southeast Asia’s biggest carrier has kicked off to revive earnings following a surprise quarterly loss.
The premium carrier’s staff is aware headcount reduction is possible under the process, Chief Executive Officer Goh Choon Phong told reporters Tuesday at the annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association in Cancun, Mexico.
- Sabre doesn’t think US airlines will follow Lufthansa’s and British Airways’ lead and impose booking fees for third party reservations
- San Diego airport adding airport-wide delivery of food and retail to all gates. Passengers go to their gates long before they need to and spend less money at the airport as a result. The goal is to recapture some of that retail spend, of which the airport takes a piece.
The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has selected AtYourGate to provide airport-wide passenger delivery service at SAN. In partnership with mobile ordering app Grab, AtYourGate will offer passengers the ability to order food or retail items via their phone and have the items brought to them at their gate.
Passengers will be able to choose from the entire landscape of food and retail items available at the airport. The service is currently in development with a public launch targeted for this summer.
- New UBS Visa Infinite with 50,000 point signup bonus and $495 annual fee
- The age of electric aviation is just 30 years away
- This good Financial Times article on struggling times for Emirates (paywall for many of you) contains the tidbit that the ‘swelling’ ranks of Emirates middle managers are referred to derisively as the Costa Brigade since they’re seen “hang[ing] out at the large coffee shop on the ground floor of the group’s headquarters.”
Costa Coffee at the Premier Inn, Abu Dhabi