This Week’s Featured Link
Flyer beware: Canada closed to competition – WestJet Blog
I haven’t talked much about the Air Canada/Transat acquisition here, but it is getting really interesting up there. The Canadian government recently approved the deal with concessions that do not impress WestJet. In fact, WestJet has some suggestions to make it better, but I don’t imagine things will change now. WestJet’s best hope is the European Union which said it wouldn’t meet the deadline of Feb 15 and needed more time. Now, Air Canada and Transat are back in negotiations and it could all fall apart.
Two for the Road
Interview: Qatar Airways, the Airline That Never Stopped Flying – Airways
The subhead on this should read “Also, the airline that never started making money.”
Exclusive: American CEO Doug Parker talks about alliances, travel rebound – TPG
TPG had a little sit-down with American execs last week. Here is a summary of what they learned.