News and notes from around the interweb:
- Asiana stops selling first class for flights September 1 onward which is really too bad because their Airbus A380s were great for first class awards using miles from Star Alliance programs. Of course that’s probably why it appears they’re dropping first class, they weren’t selling enough tickets.
Asiana will sell the former first class seats on the A380 as ‘business suites’ a sort of premium business — offering continued access to Asiana’s first class lounge, but otherwise standard business service and amenities. Unclear whether it will be possible to redeem for this product, at least using miles from programs other than Asiana’s own (though if I were guessing I would bet against).
- Cuba travel has been a disaster for US airlines don’t blame Trump’s travel restrictions, just get out of a bad market.
- The Italian government currently has no viable takers for Alitalia so it has pushed back the deadline for bids to June. Delta had been sniffing around the airline, and until it’s re-privatized the Delta partner will continue to receive government subsidies.
- LAX’s $14 billion makeover
- American Airlines Business ExtrAA points now post daily instead of monthly
- “‘No More,’ United Airlines proposes hiring freeze on Naval Aviators” Several of you sent this to me. It’s satire and not intended to be real news.
- Flight crew helped a father ‘punch’ his daughter inflight, now she’s plotting revenge