News and notes from around the interweb:
- The FAA has taken steps to delay the introduction of electric air taxis by years by introducing an unexpected, new certification process for eVTOL aircraft.
United, along with Mesa Airlines, also ordered 200 electric air taxis from Archer Aviation. These vertical takeoff and landing planes, flying up to 150 miles per hour for up to 60 miles, were promised as a way to commute from downtown to United’s hub by 2026. The estimated cost for the trip from Manhattan to JFK by air would be about $50.
Archer is in advanced talks to… hire the current head of the FAA. (Paywall)
- American Airlines and Alaska Airlines apps will allow check-in for each others’ itineraries
- Original partnership discussions between American Airlines and JetBlue included JetBlue joining oneworld.
In April 2020, before American and JetBlue publicly announced their partnership, an internal memo about the planned deal included the benefit: "Oneworld membership".
By July, they told DOJ JetBlue wouldn’t join oneworld. What changed? pic.twitter.com/HXUqBEpso8
— Will Horton (@winglets747) May 25, 2023
- The New Jersey state assembly has passed a bill that limits the ability of hotel chains to impose brand standards on individual properties. It’s a sop to hotel owners. As it is, there’s not enough enforcement of brand standards.
- New super cheap domestic first class dessert from United
- Air Canada’s new Airbus A321XLRs will have flat seats in a 1-1 configuration no word on whether they’ll offer doors the way that American plans to in their XLRs.