Sorry to disappoint you, but there’s no featured link this week. See, I didn’t think it was worth a full post to update you on what happened with Cranky Concierge’s massive $6,500 bill from EVA Air, so I figured I’d just drop it in here as an update. (Read for the backstory if you don’t remember.)
After my last post on the subject. EVA asked that I pull it down so we could discuss, and then it could be reposted with full details after it was resolved. I struggled with that decision, but knowing that I would put it back up regardless, I agreed to take it down for a few days late one week. By that Monday, we hadn’t heard back, so I put the post right back up as it was originally published. After that, there was a lot of back and forth on both sides. Sadly, those of you who predicted EVA would back off were wrong.
In the end, despite the best efforts of the sales team, EVA only agreed to lower the cost a bit more than when I first wrote the post. It’s still costing us more than $4,000 out of pocket. That’s unfortunate.
Two for the road
Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary lets fly: on Flybe, Branson, Brexit and airport security – The Times
Man, do I love this guy. As you’d expect, Michael O’Leary gives a great interview and doesn’t hide his feelings on a variety of subjects. The day he leaves the airline world will be a sad one.
Heathrow Expansion Blocked By Court of Appeal in Victory for Climate Campaigners – Independent
The courts have ruled that the third Heathrow runway is illegal, because it didn’t take into account the impact on climate change. Heathrow says this is just a stumbling block that can be fixed by an appeal, but even in that case, it undoubtedly pushes the project back further. Aircraft manufacturers continue to build greener airplanes, and that will only continue over time. A decision to stunt air traffic growth in the UK is short-sighted, and will only hurt the country in the long run.