News and notes from around the interweb:
- Public offer for Amtrak MasterCard 30,000 point signup bonus (HT: Reddit via @IadisGr8)
- Priceline took a $941 million writedown of OpenTable. I say: Serves them right.
- American is reducing its Phoenix pilot base by 500 (1/3rd) as they spread legacy US Airways Airbus A320s ‘basket of deplorables’ across the system. No extra legroom main cabin extra and no seat power (or announced plans to retrofit for the same) three years into the merger, and invading legacy American hubs near you.
My Washington National – Dallas Flight on Sunday, legacy US Airways, Sad!
- Over a million items were confiscated at Singapore’s Changi airport between January and September. That’s a nine-fold increase year-over-year. Apparently hoverboards and scooters are a problem.
- Singapore Airlines is entertaining proposals from both Boeing and Airbus for the world’s longest jet
Boeing and Airbus are holding a paper airplane contest. A very expensive one. And the winner may get the chance to build the world’s longest jet.
…By the end of the year, the airline is expected to back one of the company’s designs, according to three people familiar with the campaign.
…Airbus’ A350-2000 would be nearly 258 feet long and seat 400 passengers. Boeing’s 777-10X would be 263 feet and hold 450, in standard arrangements. That’s about 30 and 50 passengers more, respectively, than the current largest A350 and 777X jets.
- Love United’s Stroopwafels? Want to get drunk to deal with flying coach? Introducing Stroopwafel liquor! (HT: Colleen)