Today’s featured link:
United Airlines to stop flying to Dubai – Reuters
Another one bites the dust. United (again following Delta’s lead) is pulling out of Dubai. But I see a lot more merit in United’s decision that Delta’s. Most importantly, United lost the government contract to JetBlue which bid low and won.
How is JetBlue flying people to Dubai? Thanks to the stupidity of the Fly America Act, government business has to be booked on a US airline regardless of who actually flies the airplane. So JetBlue just slaps its code on an Emirates flight, and voilà, JetBlue flies to Dubai in the eyes of the government. I don’t blame United for leaving if it’s not going to get any of that business. I don’t generally agree with forcing people to fly on US-based airlines, but if you want to have that policy, then it most certainly shouldn’t allow airlines to just codeshare on a foreign carrier.
Two for the road:
Free Snacks are Back: United Airlines to Introduce New Signature Snacks – United Newsroom
It’s apparently a United kind of week. United is bringing back snacks in coach on domestic flights. (Yes, Delta already does it, if you’re keeping score.) In the mornings, it’s a little waffle-y kind of thing. Then later in the day it’s things like Asian snack mix, so no basic pretzels and peanuts here. I think this is great. I believe it was Hawaiian that told me having free meals was important, because it showed how they valued each customer’s presence as a guest. Meals aren’t practical for United, but a small snack like this goes a long way. (Well that, and the new coffee.)
Wild pigs trigger SpiceJet runway excursion – ATW
From the “well you don’t see that everyday” file. Pigs were on a runway, the pilot flying swerved to miss them. Everyone lived. Possibly the most amazing thing about all of this is that SpiceJet is still flying. (And it’s not going to go under anytime soon.)