Is Japan Airlines About To Announce New Service To Miami? [Roundup]

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Is Japan Airlines about to announce Miami – Tokyo? Miami should be able to support an Asia flight. It’s a big American Airlines hub, and American has a transpacific joint venture with JAL. But JAL has been incredibly conservative with new routes.

    JAL has been studying the route. There are subsidies available. It doesn’t need Russian airspace. And there are rumors of a big new long haul route announcement for Miami.

  • More small airports are being cut off from the air travel network NPR separately notes a pilot shortage and labor costs (which make flying small regional jets uneconomic) but the pilot shortage and high labor cost are linked, the result of government barriers to entry in becoming a pilot; rules that make it both costly and time-consuming without relation to safety.

  • I failed to pay attention to this significant turbulence event last week

  • Smoked in cabin of Gol 737 on takeoff from Rio

  • Starlux will fly to San Francisco starting in December

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  1. Regarding Williamsport Regional being shutdown, I think the decline in demand, from a decline in population of about 10% over the past 20 years, was likely a bigger factor.

  2. No JAL to Miami. Condor announced service to Frankfurt from Miami. That’s the big announcement. There will never be Miami-Tokyo service.

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