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December 2019 Letter – richardaboulafia.com
I keep wanting to write about the ever-worsening situation at Boeing, but I just don’t pay close enough attention to the aerospace side to be able to add enough value on the minutiae. I will certainly have more to say when it comes time to start reintroducing the airplane into service, but for now, I can only sit back and be amazed at how things continue to get uglier and uglier for Boeing. This letter from Richard Aboulafia is a good one. I still just can’t put into words what a horrible situation Boeing has created for itself.
Two for the road
Flybe: Government strikes a deal to rescue troubled airline – BBC.com
Thomas Cook and Monarch are left to die, but Flybe gets to live thanks to the British government. Why? Well, Flybe is a huge regional operator which provides a vital service to people around the UK. Without Flybe, many communities are hit really hard. Thomas Cook may have stranded vacationers in big cities, but it wasn’t going to cause as much disruption as if Flybe fails. So now, the government is helping and Virgin Atlantic pours more money into the bottomless pit. This is a temporary stopgap, but it’s not going to make Flybe a winner. It’s just going to delay the inevitable… short of a radical turnaround.
American’s New Boston Service Is A Direct Shot at Delta – Fly Data Guy
American has quietly announced a little growth in service from Boston, setting the stage for a skirmish with Delta and JetBlue. Here’s a good, geeky, in-depth look at some numbers in these new markets.