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News and notes from around the interweb:
- Airlines ordering from Airbus want to keep their identities secret out of fear of reprisal from President Trump.
ome of the hidden orders came from customers in China, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified discussing non-public information.
- Did the French government give Emirates new route authority as quid pro quo for their latest Airbus A380 order?
According to reports in the French newspaper Le Figaro, the Emirati airline managed to secure increased traffic rights for services between Dubai and France as part of the Airbus deal. Le Figaro claims French aviation authorities were able to make available slots which had been awarded to fellow UAE-based carrier, Etihad but never used by the struggling airline.
A source told the newspaper that while Air France would be fiercely against giving Emirates any further traffic rights, final approval could be pushed through due to a power vacuum at the Franco-Dutch airline.
- I’m giving away (3) sets of 100,000 Radisson Rewards points with 3 prizes instead of one chances of winning are better than usual.
- Alaska Airlines lounges in Seattle are leaving Priority Pass September 1. This doesn’t change much in practice. When I was in Seattle a few weeks ago I used their main lounge with my American Airlines club membership and I asked how often they were allowing Priority Pass access, since the sign was out saying they were too crowded. The agent said “not very often.”
- Qatar’s CEO says their US business has gotten better with Trump in office it doesn’t hurt that Etihad has been pulling back dramatically in the U.S. Less capacity connecting in the Mideast for passengers flying to India and Pakistan should help Qatar’s load factor and yields.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker with Donald and Melania Trump, via Doha News
- Singapore Airlines is offering 25% bonus Krisflyer miles for premium economy tickets on their Newark, Los Angeles and San Francisco – Singapore non-stops, book by August 8.
- Remember when $4 billion was too much to pay Boeing to replace Air Force One? Neither does you-know-who, it seems.
Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016