This week’s featured link:
Dear Virgin America – Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog
Richard Branson is a sad panda. His weepy goodbye to Virgin America is book-ended with digs at Alaska. That’s pretty crappy since Alaska just made him a whole lot richer. He acts like there was nothing he could do to save Virgin America from this fate, and he’s right. He was able to keep the airline afloat while it lost hundreds of millions of dollars for years. So when the time came to actually get a payday, you’re damn right the investors wanted out. I can appreciate the sentiment of saying goodbye, but I have no sympathy for Branson.
Two for the road:
Why The Circular Runway Concept Would Not Work – NYC Aviation
There’s been a lot of talk about this goofy idea of a circular runway. NYC Aviation digs in to show all the problems involved.
Southwest Airlines and AirTran Earn Top Customer Experience Ratings for Airlines, According to Temkin Group – Temkin Group PR
Ratings are a dime a dozen as many firms try to build credibility and sell services through these often useless metrics. But rarely are ratings as baffling as this one. Temkin put out a release for 2017 ratings showing AirTran as the second best airline. AirTran, of course, hasn’t existed for a few years. US Airways is on the list as well. Who the heck pays for this kind of stuff?