This week’s featured link:
Delta’s “Fly America” complaints get stranger the closer you look – ATW Editor’s Blog
Delta’s still mad at the Middle East carriers, and now it’s mad at JetBlue for using an Emirates codeshare to win Fly America contracts. (Those are the government contracts that must be awarded to US carriers, even if it’s just a codeshare on a foreign airline.) The problem is that Delta does the same thing. Karen calls Delta out in this editorial with specifics. Delta can split hairs here if it wants. JetBlue won’t fly any part of the Emirates route while Delta could operate part of the routes it won, but that’s just ridiculous.
For example, Delta could fly people from Honolulu to Seoul on Delta metal to Tokyo connecting to a codeshare on Korean to Seoul. But let’s be honest. Nobody is going to do that. They’ll all take the nonstop on Korean with the Delta codeshare. Further, Hawaiian flies that nonstop itself, so if flying your own metal nonstop is important, then Delta should go ahead and hand that route over to Hawaiian now.
I really don’t understand how Delta chooses which battles to fight. This one is just silly.
Two for the road:
Crash Investigators Pan Their Casting as Villains in ‘Sully’ – Bloomberg
No, you read the post title wrong. It’s not that people hate Sully the man. It’s that some people hate Sully the movie, which is in theaters today. And those people are the well-respected NTSB investigators who are cast as villains. I’m really not sure if I’m going to see this movie or not. It’s just not grabbing me.
American Pilot Seniority Integration – JetCareers
American’s pilots (including the America West, American, and US Airways groups) now have a single unified seniority list. If you go to the 10th comment on this thread, someone attached the entire award there, and it’s a pretty good read. I can’t remember where I read it, but one pilot mentioned in a discussion group that if everyone’s a little pissed off, then the integration is a good one.