This week’s featured link:
Air New Zealand to discontinue premium economy Spaceseat – Business Traveller
This is a sad day. Air New Zealand says that its fantastic Spaceseat premium economy scores worse than the more traditional premium economy it has on its 787s. I just can’t imagine that to be true.
I was there in 2010 when Air New Zealand rolled out the Spaceseat along with the Sky Couch. I marveled over the innovation that had gone into every cabin on that airplane. But once it went into service, the Spaceseat proved to not have enough legroom. They had to remove a row. I can only assume that was the beginning of the end.
Air New Zealand can seat a lot more people with a traditional premium economy, but it loses that true uniqueness that it introduced back in 2010. It’s always sad to see something like that disappear.
Two for the road:
New Qantas, American Airlines baggage rules cause transit trauma – Australian Business Traveller
American and Qantas have joined in to lower their standards to match the new oneworld bare minimum. They will no longer check bags through on separate reservations. As I said when I wrote about oneworld’s change, this sucks. It is hurting the customer to help the airline avoid dealing with complexity.
Why Running a Good Airport Restaurant Is So Difficult – Eater
A discussion in the comments section a few days ago lamented the fact that there is no In-N-Out at LAX itself. I assumed that a compromise was needed to make that work and In-N-Out simply wouldn’t compromise. But this article (thanks to reader Hawk) points out some of the issues.