News and notes from around the interweb:
- American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, and his nine figure net worth, sides with the Administration on raising taxes on wealthier people.
How else to pay for all those airlines subsidies? And best to sign on with a President and Congress that are the source of those subsidies in any case. I bet he doesn’t want to increase the federal excise tax on domestic airfare, or the federal limit on airport passenger facility charges though…
- New reverse herringbone business class seat for single aisle aicraft the Safran Vue seat. There are airline customers who will put it in Airbus A321XLR and Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
- British Airways frequent flyer program membership is available to residents of Australia and New Zealand again
- Passenger announces there are Russian warships off the coast of Seattle
- British Airways is eliminating shorthaul flying from London Gatwick and won’t operate a low cost carrier-within-a-carrier from there after all, given pilots union objections. This, ironically, as Gatwick airport begins the process to upgrade a taxiway to a full second runway for short haul expected by 2029.
The project would require moving the taxiway’s centerline 12 meters (39 feet) to the north, to comply with current dual-runway separation standards. Due to its 8,413 ft. length, the second runway would be limited to 737 and A320 aircraft types, and the plan calls for using the new runway only for departures. This is expected to add capacity for 12 million additional passengers.
- British Airways resumes Austin flights October 13 albeit just 3 days a week to start. We’ll see if they expand that, or I’ll be rescheduling some of my own flying…