News and notes from around the interweb:
- Ryanair apologises after customer had to sit beside pool of vomit for flight. Apparently airlines do not learn from each other.
- United has announced that starting next August they’re going to require a boarding pass for same-day travel to access their clubs. They’ve clarified that the boarding pass may be for any airline (no United or Star Alliance partner boarding pass required). Matthew thinks this the change is really meant to limit employee use of the clubs.
- Australian aboriginal cultural ambassador isn’t allowed to carry his boomerang on plane. He says,
“I don’t see anyone pulling up the Pope when he walks on with his thing of beads because he might choke someone on the plane.”
- ANA announces two new Star Wars-themed logo jets.
- Showrooms rather than sales may be the future of airport retail. We could be seeing it with airport lounges from National Car Rental and with Cadillac’s American Airlines promotion.
- Greece has approved a $1.3 billion privatization deal for Germany’s Fraport to run 14 airports including Thessaloniki, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos and Santorini (but not Athens).
- American Express has received a billion dollar investment from activist fund ValueAct which provided a boost to its shares. (HT: Doctor of Credit) American Express has struggled to demonstrate to markets that it’s still a growth business.