News and notes from around the interweb:
- Baby born on Delta flight from Salt Lake City to Honolulu
- The Biden administration has pressured Norse Atlantic Airways into unionization talks with Sara Nelson’s Association of Flight Attendants-Communication Workers Of America under threat of being banned from the U.S. market before they even launch.
[AFA-CWA union head Sara] Nelson described initial discussions with Norse Atlantic as “encouraging” and said she hoped to reach an agreement on a legally binding contract that “respect labor rights in the U.S. and Europe as intended by the E.U.–U.S. Open Skies Agreement”.
In March, Rep Peter DeFazio and chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee called on the Biden administration to deny Norse Atlantic access to the United States, saying the White House should “correct the error of 2016” (when Norwegian was issued an air operators certificate).
- The New York Times dubbed Sara Nelson ‘the most powerful flight attendant’. Now Fast Company calls her “Workers’ Great Hope”
— Sara Nelson (@FlyingWithSara) December 20, 2019
(In fact, these are not selfies, and they were very much paid for – by her members.)
- The same hotel rental gets priced differently on different platforms, and those platforms are trying to crack down. Property managers charge more on Airbnb. Marriott allows higher prices equal to the chain’s commission. Rate parity rules mean a given booking has to come down in price for the consumer, but not allowing price competition may mean less discounting overall.
- Lufthansa buys Boeing 787s dirt cheap (err, German taxpayers are the ones buying the planes). They’re buying Airbus, too, which should satisfy their new owners.
- An ‘honest review’ of Spirit Airlines.