News and notes from around the interweb:
- Another annual financial loss for Cathay Pacific. They actually made money in the second half of the year and that was driven by cargo and premium cabin revenue which seems to be a pretty good rebuttal to those who argue Cathay should just compete on price and give up its focus on quality. They have challenges to be sure and low cost competition but it’s their premium business that’s leading improvement in the passenger business.
- Airbnb wants to disrupt the OTA space with low commissions
- Open Skies for Me But Not For Thee: American Airlines Praises Brazilian Senate’s Ratification of US-Brazil Open Skies Agreement. This is a precondition for American’s proposed anti-trust immunized joint business venture with LATAM.
- United Airlines pilots live in fantasy land, say the airline should just pay them their pricey rates to fly 76 seat regional jets instead of contracting with an Express carrier. As it is investors are skeptical of the airline’s growth plans…
- Airbus is ditching Microsoft Office for Google
- Delta adding a SkyClub in Phoenix. They’re adding one in my home airport of Austin, with a deck, bummer I have to actually be flying Delta to use it.