This week’s featured link:
Azul could join giant Latin America alliance sought by United, Avianca, Copa – TPG
It’s interesting that United would want to bring Azul into its joint venture, because Azul does very little flying between the US and Latin America today. If Azul is going to ramp up, then that seems like the only way this would make sense. It’s something to keep an eye on. Meanwhile, I still think American should steal Copa away from United. My post on that should be ready next week.
Two for the road:
Air Arabia links with Etihad for new Abu Dhabi budget carrier – FlightGlobal
I’ll be particularly interested to see how this works. Air Arabia isn’t one to really do connections to other airlines, but the only reason this makes sense for Etihad is if it can flow passengers into the Etihad network. (Even then it’s highly questionable that it makes much sense.) Something more like flyDubai/Emirates at least has ANY potential. But it’s not clear that either side of this equation knows how to run that type of hybrid carrier.
FlyBe Unveils Brand New Name: Virgin Connect – Airways Mag
As expected, FlyBe will take on the Virgin brand which undoubtedly means that Sir Richard gets his pound of flesh with a royalty fee. Good for him, but bad for the future success of Virgin Connect. Then again, we know nothing about what will change besides the paint job, so it’s hard to say anything intelligent here.