This week’s featured link:
Alitalia relaunch to include Italian state ownership – USA Today
This is excellent news for all admirers of the Worst Airline Ever. For anyone who thought Alitalia might go under or get merged into a bigger airline, fear not. The Italian government is here to save the airline and make sure it… keeps losing money for years to come. The new plan is to pour more state money into the airline and do some silly connection with the state rail company. This isn’t shocking since nobody else is going to put money into that thing without massive reform, and massive reform just isn’t generally on the table. As long as Alitalia keeps going, then I’m happy, and you should be too… unless you work for Air Italy and Qatar.
Two for the road:
United Airlines threatens Skiplagged clients with Collections – No Mas Coach!
If you’re going to have rules, you better enforce them. It sounds like United is finally stepping up in the most egregious cases of hidden city ticketing. Even though this makes it sound like there isn’t any follow-up, I spoke with United and was told that they are following up on these after they send the letters. It won’t be a popular opinion, but I’m all for United doing this. (h/t View From the Wing)
Boeing 737 flies into brick wall — and just keeps going – The Washington Post
What in the hell?! I mean, come on, Air India.