News and notes from around the interweb:
- Airlines that are blocking middle seats are driving increases in their net promoter score natch. That’s easy to do when you’ve got planes grounded, and you’re paying employees not to fly. You can add another flight just for the cost of fuel. And it drives a lot of extra value to the customer, whether it’s prophylactic or not.
If you’ve got a non-stop option to fly Southwest, Delta, JetBlue or Alaska you should do that – over United or American. I’m not sure I’d take a connecting flight on an airline that blocks middle seats versus a non-stop flight on one that does not, however – that’s more travel time, more time at airport gates and on jetways.
- Nice visualization.
This is American Airlines' September 2020 widebody network, consisting of passenger and cargo-only flights. It's quite extensive and there's some new cargo-only additions, such as CLT-MUC on the 777-200ER, JFK-GRU, LAX-LHR, and NRT-HKG (originating from LAX) pic.twitter.com/WnoG9g0w88
— Ishrion Aviation (@IshrionA) August 17, 2020
- Hong Kong bans Air India for two weeks after 11 passengers tested positive for Covid-19 off a single flight. (You’d think the airline having pilots they’ve fired keep flying but have done it too…)
- The head of Ireland’s tourism authority resigned after going on holiday to Italy because it’s government policy that people should avoid non-essential travel (and not because the person most in charge of promoting tourism to Ireland couldn’t come up with the vacation they wanted in Ireland).
- Singapore Airlines isn’t offering first class or suites until February 2021
- You can now transit Singapore from any country served by Singapore Airlines – except Philippines or the United States