News notes from around the interweb:
- The United Airlines bankruptcy took three years and three months and is generally regarded as the longest airline bankruptcy. The Thai Airways bankruptcy could take twice as long, up to seven years.
- Buy Etihad travel vouchers with a 50% bonus through June 24. This is like pay now, get a one-third discount later. And I don’t see the Al Nahyan family letting Etihad go under (merging with Emirates would be the fallback). You can redeem starting August 1 and the voucher will be good for two years.
- Israel is backstopping the issuance of new shares in El Al which could leave the country owning as much as 60% of the airline.
- The U.S. Postal Service is launching a loyalty program for shipping.
- Re-certification flights for the Boeing 737 MAX may happen this month
- Hawaii is considering new limits on short-term rentals like Airbnb in order to get tourists out of neighborhoods they intend for locals. Come, spend your money, but you’re not welcome here!
- British Airways will sell its art collection to raise cash in contrast Air India is unable to sell their collection because employees already stole it.