This week’s featured link:
NIKI no longer to merge with TUIfly in a setback for airberlin’s restructuring – CAPA
Alitalia’s eskimo brother airberlin is giving Alitalia a run for its money as worst airline ever. It had already transferred a bunch of airplanes over to subsidiary Niki so it could then tie that off with TUI and turn it into a powerful leisure airline. But wait, the deal fell through. Now Niki has a bunch of airplanes and is still owned by airberlin. Oh my, this is a mess.
Two for the road:
Starting this summer, flights from China expected at ONT – Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Is this really how crazy Chinese subsidies are now? Dynamic will fly a 767 from Ontario to Nanchang with a tech stop in Anchorage a couple times a week this summer. I can’t imagine Dynamic would give this a try if there wasn’t money been dangled on the Nanchang side. If it’s not subsidy, it must be guaranteed tour bookings from China. I know Ontario has big hopes for China service, but it’s hard to imagine how Nanchang works to even a first tier US airport.
JetBlue eyes transatlantic premium market – ATW
The whispers around JetBlue’s potential transatlantic service continue to grow louder. Now JetBlue is talking about how it might work. For one thing, it wants more than the 16 Mint seats it has on its domestic transcon flights today. It just doesn’t know how many more it wants.