This Week’s Featured Link
How Ukrainian plane crash went from ‘engine failure’ to ‘Iranian attack’ – Kyiv Post
I find myself wondering if we’ll every truly know what brought down the Ukrainian plane upon departure out of Tehran, but I thought it worth looking at coverage coming out of Ukraine itself. I know that the US and Canada are saying that it’s highly likely to have been a missile, and certainly the timeline seems suspect. But I expect geopolitics will get in the way of a truly thorough investigation. Regardless, the widely-scattered debris makes it seem like something broke that airplane up inflight. What that was… well, we can only hope to find out.
Also, what on Earth did Ukraine do to deserve all of this?! Invaded by Russia, downing of MH17, US impeachment focus, and now this. It’s just brutal.
Two for the road
Remade European Aviation: Now He’s Retiring – Skift
Here’s another one that belongs in the airline management hall of fame. What Willie Walsh has done for British Airways and IAG is nothing short of spectacular. I know some people don’t like him, but you have to respect him for what he’s done to turn multiple old-school, financially-challenged airlines (I’m looking at you, BA and Iberia) into actual, functioning businesses.
JetBlue Prepares its Business for a New Climate Reality – JetBlue Investor Relations
Expect to see a lot of this in the years to come. Delta announced at CES that it would offset everyone’s travel to the event. Air France and British Airways both began offsetting carbon on domestic flights as well. But JetBlue’s domestic network is much bigger, so that is a huge commitment. As climate change continues to wreak havoc, I expect more will follow here.