News and notes from around the interweb:
- The FAA argues Embraer ERJ190 software is unlikely to be hacked on the basis of ‘security by obscurity’ which is the reason most of us don’t have to worry too much about the government vaccuuming up all of our emails and geolocation data, no one will be interesting to look at data about us, but isn’t super-comforting with respect to aircraft.
- Rumour: British Airways is working on plans to sell
food stampsmeal vouchers in advance of travel, which could speed up service and find a way for people who aren’t carrying credit cards to buy hot water for their tea bags.
- Basic Economy fares are at root a price increase, albeit a complicated and sometimes opaque one. Cranky Flier notes that United has shifted the distances that correspond to buy up amounts to avoid Basic Economy restrictions, essentially reducing the fare increase in many markets. Has United found there’s a limit to how much they can raise fares?
[W]e could guess that on the mid to longer-haul flights, people thought the spread was too much and weren’t buying up enough to Regular Economy. On the other hand, it could also be that when they expanded this to nearly all domestic markets, they just arbitrarily decided the best mileage cutoff for each split and that was different from the original test. I’d like to think it’s the former, and United is trying to learn from historical buy-up data. But in reality, I doubt that’s what happened.
- American Airlines has an industrial butterfly garden
- As I told Forbes the consequences of a travel ban go well beyond the specific people excluded by government policy, international understanding of what actual U.S. policy is and uncertainty how it will manifest itself in any given person’s arrival has a chilling affect on travel.
“Barriers to travel are bad for the travel industry and for the economy. Uncertainty over whether visitors are welcome means less travel,” said Gary Leff, founder of aviation industry blog, The View from the Wing, in an email. “It’s the procedures necessary to come – hurdles to jump through, social media accounts demanded, potential for long interrogations – that make the juice not worth the squeeze for someone considering coming to the US.”
- The CEO of IHG thinks their loyalty program has benefits it does not have via Skift:
They get points. They get benefits. They get upgrades. They get early check-in. They get late check out. They get this and that so it’s just another benefit for our loyalty members, a substantial one and yes, they get a lower rate if they book direct and we think it makes sense for them and for us and for our owners.
- Only the marketing geniuses at British Airways…? Has BA really taken away access to Concorde Dining at Washington Dulles from revenue-based Concorde Room cardholders?