New and notes from around the interweb:
- After laying off 400 staff in marketing, Uber laid off another 435 people across product and engineering mostly in the U.S. That combines for about 15% of their work force.
- I wrote that American’s Airbus A321T premium transcon planes would get better cleaning and a refresh but not a new configuration at this time. That appears to be the word via JonNYC as well (for now):
explicitly NOT related to the above (except the aircraft in question,) since these are going in for heavy checks: pic.twitter.com/l65zKxVXg2
— JonNYC (@xJonNYC) September 10, 2019
- In April Delta announced they planned to reduce recline on their Airbus A320 seats by two inches. They weren’t squeezing seats closer together or adding seats, just preventing passengers from leaning back into each other. Recline matters most on longer flights than most of what the A320 operates.
This plan is expanding to their Boeing 717s as well and these jets operate short flights too, so I’m actually in favor.
- There are so many candidates in the Democratic field, traveling to the same places, that it’s inevitable they keep winding up on the same planes, sitting close by each other. In June Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were seated one in front of the other. (And a couple of rows back there was a doppelganger for Mayor Pete.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) September 10, 2019
- 70% of new Amex credit card customers are paying annual fees (Bloomberg)
- ‘Boeing’s China problem’. China is Boeing’s second-most important market, by a wide margin. There are 500 737 MAXs on order there. China’s government is the key decision-maker. China’s own commercial aircraft manufacturing effort is something the government will want to support. And Boeing now becomes a pawn in the trade disputes between the US government and China.