3 Links I Love: Middle East Fight Continues, Qatar Goes Italian, Lumexis Goodbye

This week’s featured link:
The Middle Carrier Fight Isn’t DeadTwitter
If you read only BoardingArea blogs, you might think that the dispute over subsidies to Middle East carriers was over and the US carriers had lost. Post titles include terms such as “Total Loss” and “Game Over.” That isn’t true. As Ghim-Lay from FlightGlobal reports, you can’t always believe what you read from every news site. Talks are ongoing.

Links I Love

Two for the road:
Qatar Airways to buy 49 percent of Italy’s MeridianaReuters
Think of it this way. It’s like Etihad’s purchase of a stake in Alitalia, but worse. Like Alitalia, Meridiana does not have its house in order, and now a Middle East carrier is going to come in to “fix” it. This is somewhat uncharacteristic of Qatar, an airline that, unlike Etihad, usually invests in more profitable airlines like IAG (parent of British Airways and others) and LATAM. Qatar must really see value in the Italian market and what it can provide. I see just another broken Italian airline.

Cash-strapped Lumexis suspends some operations, seeks buyerRunway Girl Network
I should change the name of this weekly series, because I don’t love this link. I hate it. Lumexis was a pretty innovative company when it came to inflight entertainment. It had a light weight, fast system that US Airways tested on an aircraft before others committed. They were early promoters of the “second screen” idea as well. I had to chance to see an install take place in Seattle once, and it was fascinating. But now it looks like Lumexis has hit the end of the road. That’s really unfortunate.

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