This week’s featured link:
United Looks at Boeing’s ‘Paper Plane’ and Likes What It Sees – Bloomberg
Bloomberg has been cranking out some interesting pieces lately. It’s no surprise this one came from Julie Johnsson, someone I first met when she was at the Chicago Tribune covering this industry years ago. Now she has a really interesting story about two Chicago companies coming together. Boeing has been talking about a “middle of the market” (MoM) airplane to fill the gap for a medium range aircraft between the 737 and 787 families. Now that the plane is being fleshed out more, it’s gathering momentum. United apparently really likes what it sees, and that’s only going to help the possibility of this thing becoming a reality.
Two for the road:
JetBlue unhappy with gate position at Hartsfield-Jackson – Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Delta’s airport seems to be cooperating nicely at squashing competition. JetBlue had expected to be able to fly into Concourse E when its five flights to Atlanta began at the end of this month. But now, the airport has said nay, JetBlue will have to actually split its 5 lonely flights between Concourses D and E. That’s hugely inconvenient and frankly, quite absurd.
Behind the scenes: How feds say former P. A. head shook down United Airlines – NJ.com
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard about the United/Port Authority of New York and New Jersey scandal, but a few more details have filtered out as court proceedings have wound on. If you aren’t familiar with the whole story, this one actually gives a good high-level summary of what went down.