This week’s featured link
JetBlue Founder Reveals Details on His New Tech-Focused International Airline – Skift
There’s a lot in here that makes me scratch my head. Moxy will have no routes where it competes with others? Uh, right, if you don’t count nearby airports. And somehow Azul in Brazil is going to be a huge feed opportunity? It’s something, but it’s not going to make this thing fly. It will, however, add complexity, yet Neeleman thinks he needs no phone number for the airline because you can do everything online. There’s just a lot of ego in here, but we know David likes to talk and that won’t necessarily be the final outcome.
Two for the road
Ethiopian pushes Togo as a gateway to America – PaxEx.aero
Here’s another head-scratcher. You’ll be able to fly from LA to Lome in Togo. That marks the first African destination from LA and makes LAX one of the only airports with nonstop flights to six continents. Sure, Ethiopian has a partner in Togo that can connect people all over, but is this really a route that’ll work? I say no.
Pilot ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: ‘This is not the America I know and love’ – The Hill
Ok, this has nothing to do with airlines except that the guy giving the message used to fly for one. But we are only 4 days away from the US midterm elections, so this seemed like a good opportunity to remind everyone to vote. My ballot has already been mailed in. You?
That is all. Oh wait…
Why, no. No, I haven’t voted early. That’d be because Missouri doesn’t have any form of early voting other than absentee ballots requiring an affidavit that you’ll be absent on voting day, plus a notarized signature. Rrr.
Gee, that doesn’t sound like an attempt to disenfranchise voters at all.
Or making sure there are not a bunch of paper ballots floating in different places where they can get tampered with ala Al Franken and the bags of ballots in the trunk
Another fable still going around. Here are the facts, not the conspiracies you get from Faux News. https://www.minnpost.com/braublog/2008/11/minneapolis-election-director-speaks-ballots-my-car-story-false/
“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
If you are not informed about issues or specific candidates, please, please, don’t vote. At least when voting on an airline ticket, you know the date, places, seats (or lack thereof), entertainment, bag policies, etc.
Word. Or PJ O’Rourke: Don’t vote, it just encourages the bastards.
I love O’Rourke, but I’ll still vote anyway.
Be careful about quoting Mencken without looking at the context. He was a wonderful writer, a perceptive literary critic, and arguably codified American English in his books.
But he was also a racist, an anti-Semite (just read his diaries), and didn’t actually believe in representative government.
Thanks so very much for reminding your readers to vote. You realize, as I do, that it is so important. The voting turnout in our country is terrible. I always do “early voting”. Mary Hess
Well if you have to overnight in Togo that defeats the purpose of connecting there.
I just read the Neeleman article and I”m not sure how to respond. He seems to have absolute faith in technology. And I know he’s more of a “big picture” guy and leaves details to others, but his ideas for a completely humanless check-in seem to ignore, among other things, the realities of the Air Carrier Access Act.
But I can’t wait to see his Scranton, PA operation, it’ll really help the Michael Scott Paper Company. And I suspect he has much more faith in the new Brazilian administration than most observers do.
How is Ouagadougou pronounced? I can’t figure out the Wikipedia pronunciation guide.
That’s one of my most favourite words to say! So fun! My dream is to be a contestant on Jeopardy! and to have “What is Ouagadougou?” be a response. #LifeMade
Haha, you posted this on my bDay in 2018. Very funny lol
And…Ethiopian Airlines doesn’t fly to LAX anymore :/