News and notes from around the interweb:
- Could it make sense for Cathay Pacific to remain in oneworld alongside China Southern, once the latter departs SkyTeam? Here’s an argument that a China Southern alliance would benefit Cathay providing domestic Chinese feed to Cathay’s long haul flights rather than creating nearby competition.
- British Airways CEO reveals something about their new first class seat: they will retrofit Boeing 777s with a first class seat that’s based on their current 787 first class seat. Fewer first class seats that aren’t much better than today is what I wrote that we should expect back in April and consistent with what we learned at their investor day.
- Cathay Pacific will not offer lounge access to passengers receiving complimentary upgrades, so-called ‘operational upgrades’). (HT: AmD950))
The Pier First Class Lounge, Hong Kong
- Air France will reduce its Airbus A380 fleet to 5. No doubt it isn’t zero because Air France is part-owned by the government and it would be a huge blow to the struggling A380 program for Air France to want no part of the super jumbo, and there’s little aftermarket for the planes either. (HT: bodory) I love the A380 but hate the Air France A380 which still has angled seats in business class.
Air France A380 Business Class
- Bali resort bans smartphones by the pool
- Effective December 1 Jet Airways will no longer offer lounge access to elites flying economy on the carrier. While the airline is in a tailspin it’s unclear how removing a crucial incentive for their most frequent flyers to choose the airline will make things better.