News and notes from around the interweb:
- Delta will offer direct aisle access in business class New York – Los Angeles starting in November. Don’t get too excited, that’s just means they’ll fly all Boeing 767s on the route, their aircraft I desperately would want to avoid long haul. I’d definitely choose JetBlue Mint or American’s first class over Delta business on the route.
- Lufthansa sees first class as crucial to their brand positioning they don’t want it on all flights, but struggle because they want the flexibility to deploy the same aircraft across a variety of routes. They may revisit the idea of seats with doors, and could imagine offering just one row of first on certain aircraft.
- American AAdvantage launched the ability to redeem miles for China Southern flights in March but only coach and business class at that time. China Southern first class can now be booked using American miles over the phone (but not at AA.com). You can search space yourself at Expertflyer.com.
China Southern’s US routes include Guangzhou–Los Angeles; Guangzhou–New York JFK; Wuhan–San Francisco; Guangzhou–San Francisco; Wuhan–New York JFK.
- Extreme Piloting: Landing a Boeing 737 in Skardu, Pakistan
Skardu located at an altitude of close to 8000 feet is surrounded by high mountains making it a complicated approach to be flown only by Captain who are qualified for the airport and only in good visual weather and during daylight hours only.
Pakistan International is the only airline to operate into this airport with service to Islamabad which is the roundtrip flight JustPlanes filmed on the Boeing 737-300.
- United pilot paid to fly a stranded passenger Seattle – Portland (HT: Matthew)
- Outkast member Andre 3000 just playing flute at LAX. It’s probably the most interesting airport in the country, celebrities in their natural habitat.
I saw a man walking around my terminal playing a flute for 40min and was losing my mind because I thought it was André 3000. And then it WAS André 3000!!! 😍😍😍😭😭 pic.twitter.com/tqQ4C8HBh1
— Antonia Cereijido (@antoniacere) June 14, 2019