3 Links I Love: Middle East 5th Freedoms, Expanding Blocks, Plane Names

3 Links I Love: Middle East 5th Freedoms, Expanding Blocks, Plane Names

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American CEO Says Mideast Carriers Should End Europe-U.S. FlightsTheStreet
American CEO Doug Parker finally gets to the crux of the concern about Middle East carriers. Forget about flying through the Middle East airlines’ hubs. The big worry is that they’ll start flying to the … Read the post

3 Links I Love: Delta’s Hypocrisy, Sully Haters, American Pilots Integrate

3 Links I Love: Delta’s Hypocrisy, Sully Haters, American Pilots Integrate

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Delta’s “Fly America” complaints get stranger the closer you lookATW Editor’s Blog
Delta’s still mad at the Middle East carriers, and now it’s mad at JetBlue for using an Emirates codeshare to win Fly America contracts. (Those are the government contracts that must be … Read the post

3 Links I Love: Interviewing Ed Bastian, MD-80s Go Bye Bye, LAX in the 1960s

3 Links I Love: Interviewing Ed Bastian, MD-80s Go Bye Bye, LAX in the 1960s

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Delta Air Lines CEO on why he still flies in the back of the planeMarketplace
Here’s a great 27m25s podcast where Kai Ryssdal from Marketplace interviews Delta CEO Ed Bastian. It’s a long, seemingly candid conversation that’s well worth a listen. I particularly like … Read the post

3 Links I Love: Air New Zealand Becomes Less Unique, American’s Bad Baggage Rules, Airport Restaurants

3 Links I Love: Air New Zealand Becomes Less Unique, American’s Bad Baggage Rules, Airport Restaurants

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Air New Zealand to discontinue premium economy SpaceseatBusiness Traveller
This is a sad day. Air New Zealand says that its fantastic Spaceseat premium economy scores worse than the more traditional premium economy it has on its 787s. I just can’t imagine that to be … Read the post

2 Links I Love: United’s New Execs, LAX Solves Its Biggest Problem

2 Links I Love: United’s New Execs, LAX Solves Its Biggest Problem

I know it’s usually 3 links, but this week it’s only 2 since they’re big ones.

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United Appoints New Senior Leaders
It’s taken United President Oscar Munoz a long time, but he’s finally started building out his senior management team at … Read the post

3 Links I Love: Why Southwest Says Its IT Failed, Calls for Southwest CEO’s Head, Talking Alaska-Virgin America

3 Links I Love: Why Southwest Says Its IT Failed, Calls for Southwest CEO’s Head, Talking Alaska-Virgin America

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Southwest CEO: Router failure that grounded flights equated to ‘once-in-a-thousand-year flood’Dallas Morning News
Something tells me this is as close as we’re ever going to get to figuring out what really happened when Southwest’s systems melted down. I have a picture of Southwest’s IT … Read the post

3 Links I Love: WestJet’s 767 Problems, Ontario’s Bad Plan, Delta’s Spying is Normal

3 Links I Love: WestJet’s 767 Problems, Ontario’s Bad Plan, Delta’s Spying is Normal

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WestJet’s London Expansion Has Been A Bumpy FlightWestJet
I’ve been hearing people talk about WestJet’s 767 operational problems for awhile, but once more traditional outlets pick it up, it becomes bigger news. WestJet picked up some two dozen year old 767s from Qantas to … Read the post

3 Links I Love: Hard to Start Up Cuba, Chinese and Virgin Australia, That Weird Airbus Noise

3 Links I Love: Hard to Start Up Cuba, Chinese and Virgin Australia, That Weird Airbus Noise

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Airlines Race to Cuba, Overcoming Major HurdlesAssociated Press
Scott Mayerowitz headed down to Cuba with American Airlines to explore the problems of trying to start doing business in a country that might as well be from another planet. Considering the recent award of service … Read the post

3 Links I Love: Keeping JetBlue Cool, American Talks Revenue, Why People Hate Flying

3 Links I Love: Keeping JetBlue Cool, American Talks Revenue, Why People Hate Flying

Skift CMO Interviews: JetBlue’s Biggest Challenge Is to Keep Being CoolSkift
There was a great interview in Skift this week with JetBlue Chief Marketing Officer Marty St George. If you’ve ever wondered what’s behind JetBlue’s marketing efforts, or the marketing effort of any “cool” company, then you’ll really … Read the post

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