This week’s featured link:
Airlines Race to Cuba, Overcoming Major Hurdles – Associated Press
Scott Mayerowitz headed down to Cuba with American Airlines to explore the problems of trying to start doing business in a country that might as well be from another planet. Considering the recent award of service to secondary cities requires starting up within 90 days, this is a herculean task. This article just gives a small taste of what’s involved.
Two for the road:
How a Chinese billionaire grabbed a $260m stake in Virgin – Australian Financial Review
Air New Zealand has been looking to sell most of its stake in Virgin Australia, and now the deal is done. Here’s a good look at the Chinese company that bought into the airline. Virgin Australia is a mess with this owner now joining HNA Group, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, and Virgin Group. Talk about a crowded house.
Airbus silences the A320’s ‘barking dog’ – Flightglobal
They may call it the barking dog, but I’ve always likened it to the sound a baby seal makes after getting kicked. Whatever you call it, it’s not going to survive on the A320neo. Airbus has finally figured out how to get rid of that annoying noise you hear on the ground when you’re on one of its narrowbodies.