News and notes from around the interweb:
- United Airlines says no more layoffs expected, and they’re ready to ship vaccines as cargo undermining both of the (already flimsy) arguments for a second round of government subsidies. Yet if averting a government shutdown for a week winds up tying keeping government ‘open’ to a second CARES Act, which includes more government funds for airline shareholders, it becomes a ‘must pass’ rather than being judged on the merits – or lack thereof.
- Former Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza says a U.S. airline will declare bankruptcy in 2021, and two smaller airlines will merge. But the likelihood of a second round of airline subsidies has gone up, and my expectations for summer 2021 air travel are more optimistic than Baldanza’s.
There may not be many planes left for American or United to borrow against, but they still have levers to pull to access cash from their frequent flyer programs. Whether more borrowing makes sense if the industry doesn’t recover next year, compared to a reorganization, is another matter of course.
- Stuff passengers ask their flight attendants.
- Indonesia re-opens 7 airports for international flights but passengers are restricted to ” Indonesian citizens, diplomatic visas, business visas, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) card holders..foreign workers, investors, medical assistance workers, trade and other emergency visits” in other words no tourism yet.
I have an award booking held for 2021, 3 passengers in QSuites to the Mideast and Bali, trying to decide between Viceroy and Alilia Uluwatu.
- Commercial pilots cannot fly for 48 hours after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
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- Kansas is paying as much as $3000 per night for quarantine hotel rooms
- Another shooting at the Intercontinental Atlanta Buckhead. It’s the second shooting there in a month.