News and notes from around the interweb:
- A city in Northern Norway is moving its airport 900 meters. (HT: Marginal Revolution)
- Singapore Airlines now offers some free inflight wifi for premium cabin customers and top elites
- So this isn’t going anywhere but Congressman Dave Brat has introduced the ‘Free to Fly Act’ which would allow foreign airlines to establish US subsidiaries that could fly US domestic routes. This is how we get the competition we need though access to gates at congested airports would remain a challenge.
Repealing the prohibition on foreign air carrier ownership, Brat’s office said, would increase competition and consumer choice, create jobs and improve the financial stability of U.S. airlines by giving them more access to capital.
The law would require that all foreign-owned carriers that obtain a certificate to fly domestic routes hire only American citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent legal residents. Such carriers would be prohibited from hiring temporary visa holders, a provision that Kronzer said would make sure they aren’t shipping in cheap labor.
- Alaska Airlines and Virgin America have reached a tentative merger agreement with flight attendants
- For the entire year of 2017, Uber sustained a loss of $4.46 billion on sales of $7.36 billion. UberEats is now 10% of their business.
- Maldives government debt to China exceeds 100% of the country’s GDP and if they can’t make payments that begin soon agreements have them ceding ownership of land and projects to China which will generate public resentment. Indeed the opposition is using this issue to do so. (HT: Marginal Revolution)
- ANA is now promoting ‘Experience Class’