News and notes from around the interweb:
- Remind me never to become a Swiss air traffic controller
- Couple gets married at Southwest Airlines baggage claim I’d have been too afraid to be stood up at the carousel due to my emotional baggage.
- Airlines make more money per square inch on premium cabins (WSJ)
- Chase is offering $1250 to new Private Client customers the fact they haven’t managed to tap the United MileagePlus program with targeted offers for high probability customers is mind boggling. They ought to offer credit towards United status to elites they’re targeting, miles to customers who care more about that, Club memberships to others — whatever moves the needle. (HT: Doctor of Credit)
Copyright: jetcityimage / 123RF Stock Photo
- World’s top 20 airports for international seat capacity the only US airport on the list is New York JFK clocking in at number 20. Much of what goes into the list though is size of the country the airport is in, for instance only one Chinese airport makes the list – Shanghai Pudong at number 18 – since there’s so much Chinese domestic traffic. Not so for Hong Kong, Dubai, Doha…
- IATA claims a correlation between air connectivity and democracy really what we’re seeing is that poor, war-torn countries don’t get a lot of air service. Outlier countries with less democracy but greater air service are… wealthy like the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. And size of country matters again, China is well connected to itself by air.
- On Amtrak you can drink alcohol from plastic cups while standing up.