This week’s featured link:
NTSB: Air Canada close-call at SFO was even worse than first reported – San Jose Mercury News
Any time I see general media talk about how hundreds of people were very close to perishing in a near miss, I ignore it. That’s because it usually wasn’t all that close, but the headlines have to be sensationalized somehow. This one involving Air Canada in San Francisco, however? Oh man, this was scary. This has a great account of what happened. It is incredible that the Air Canada pilots had no idea they were lined up with a taxiway. This could have resulted in hundreds of deaths. I can’t wait to hear the recommendations after the investigation is completed.
As an added bonus: listen to this anxious controller as an Emirates A380 gets his numbers mixed up and finds himself on a collision course with an Air Seychelles A330. This one quite as alarming since the systems worked to prevent it as they should have, but oh my, listening to the controller gets your heartbeat up.
Two Three for the road:
Fee-based Frontier Airlines offers SASSY insults to Kyle Clark, for free – 9News Denver
The email Jim Faulkner sent to this reporter is one airline comms people have probably wanted to write hundreds of times. You can’t do it, but Jim did. This is an epic note that was totally inappropriate.
Etihad shutters Swiss branding, cashes out on Darwin – Wandering Aramean
Finally, Etihad has made a tangible change to shrink its partner equity strategy. Etihad Regional is no more. Adria Airways from Slovenia has oddly bought the old Darwin and is having the name revert back. If Etihad is smart, it will start extracting itself from other ill-thought out investments as well.
Is Norwegian in trouble? Part 2 – Leeham News
I know, this is one too many links, but someone emailed me this week about dissecting Norwegian’s financial results further. There’s no reason for me to do it when Leeham News can do it better. Read through if you’re curious about this airline’s performance.