News and notes from around the interweb:
- Turkish strongman Recep Erdoğan is banning Uber in Turkey.
“This thing called Uber emerged. That business is finished. That does not exist anymore,” he said in a speech in Istanbul late on Friday.
“We have our taxi system. Where does this (Uber) come from? It is used in Europe, I do not care about that. We will decide by ourselves,”
- American CEO Doug Parker’s disinterest in flying his own new standard domestic product has been picked up by the Financial Times: Wise business leaders test their own products I think the message though from American is that the product itself isn’t viewed as super important to the business.
- American is starting Dallas Fort Worth – Buffalo service in December which is only notable because American explained to employees in February why they wouldn’t fly Dallas – Buffalo.
The next question was “why not fly to more northeast markets from DFW” like Buffalo? And the answer is that longer flights take more aircraft time, so trade off with multiple frequencies to closer destinations. You need to be able to earn more revenue off of a longer distance flight to not only cover its higher cost, but to cover the opportunity cost of what else you could do with that aircraft.
Taken together with American not yet scheduling lie flat 757s on transcons it seems that anything Vasu Raja says is going to happen in scheduling, believe the opposite.
- American’s Zurich – Philadelphia flight will arrive at a remote stand going forward and this may be extended to other international arrivals in the future. Miserable.
Dulles-style mobile lounges will take arriving Zurich passengers to passport control
- Italy is investigating Alitalia and Etihad executives over the airline’s bankruptcy as opposed to the most likely scenario that of course it’s bankrupt, again, because it’s Alitalia.
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