News notes from around the interweb:
- JetBlue founder Dave Neeleman, who was on the verge of launching a new airline when the pandemic hit, offers several challenges to U.S. coronavirus policy that come down to suggesting that we aren’t using the best science, or making the best data available to guide decisions. (HT: @crucker)
Embraer 195 in Breeze Airways Livery, Credit: Breeze Airways
- Capital One brings back gift card redemptions today. There were fulfillment issues earlier in the pandemic.
- Cranky Flier writes about the American Airlines Contract of Carriage adding an adhesion clause banning class action lawsuits. If the airline’s evil lawyers who rewrote the AAdvantage program terms to explicitly say they had no obligation to deal with you fairly need any new inspiration they might consider a ‘first born’ clause.
By the way American doesn’t like it when companies use these kinds of tactics against them.
- KLM knows you can’t visit Holland now, wants you to enjoy it anyway.
- A year ago I wrote about American Airlines intending to ditch Panasonic for international widebody internet, because their service is awful. We now know that new delivery Boeing 787s are coming with superior ViaSat instead.
Internally @AmericanAir admits that Panasonic wifi (which they use for widebodies) is garbage, and that's entirely apart from satellite outage killing service on transatlantics.
— gary leff (@garyleff) April 19, 2019