News notes from around the interweb:
- The best and worst airports for clearing U.S. immigration and customs
The top airports for the quickest clear time for U.S. citizens are Phoenix Sky Harbor, San Jose, BWI Marshall and Charlotte Douglas International.
The worst airports, based on 2018 data, are Newark Liberty, Miami International and San Francisco International.
- Boeing 777X’s fuselage split dramatically during September stress test (HT: @SavageViv) Since they came within 1% of government requirements Boeing should be allowed to reinforce the one spit that’s at issue and not re-test.
Boeing got an unexpected jolt in September when engineers in Everett put the new 777X airframe through an extreme test of its structural strength. Just as the test approached its target stress level, an explosive depressurization tore through the fuselage.
- How Denver airport melts snow.
Where does all the snow go? 🤷 DEN uses 8-10 melters to help crews remove large amounts of snow from the ramps in about one day rather than over the course of several days. This powerful machine can melt 600 tons per hour. pic.twitter.com/KiZ0f3kWae
— Denver Int'l Airport (@DENAirport) November 27, 2019
- Here’s how much money Warren Buffett has lost investing in American Airlines
- The American Airlines flight attendants union is not well-positioned to be entering negotiations. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants is so badly run that Friday they’re voting on a package of spending reductions to try to balance their budget including moving back to paper expense reports.
They invested tens of thousands of dollars on Concur, only to find out they couldn’t get it to integrate with their accounting system. So they spend thousands more on a new system, but that has monthly fees. Maybe they should just try expensify.com?
Their President recently hosted a Facebook live that was such a disaster it’s been taken down. She blamed her board for most decisions, deflecting blame for most of what members were angry about. The union’s officers got a raise, but they can’t raise dues without a vote of the membership and proposing that could cost officers their positions. Overall the union appears to have too many fiefdoms, and too little expertise. American’s negotiator Jerry Glass must be salivating…
- American’s Flagship First Check-in at London Heathrow has moved.
- India is willing to assume Air India debt as part of the privatization process but they’re threatening to shut down the airline if they cannot find takers.