This week’s featured link:
American CEO Says Mideast Carriers Should End Europe-U.S. Flights – TheStreet
American CEO Doug Parker finally gets to the crux of the concern about Middle East carriers. Forget about flying through the Middle East airlines’ hubs. The big worry is that they’ll start flying to the US from Europe and Asia over time, using their lower cost structures to undercut existing carriers.
Two for the road:
Airlines say scheduling block time changes mask system inefficiencies – ATW
We’ve talked about this here before. Airlines like United may be showing record on-time performance, but that’s because they’re padding their schedules more. This is a temporary solution that helps keep planes arriving on time, but it can’t be a permanent solution. Things will need to change.
Why Airlines Give Planes Unusual Names – Condé Nast Traveler
Here’s a fun piece talking about the time-honored tradition of naming aircraft. Not enough airlines do it anymore, sadly.