News and notes from around the interweb:
- When the US and Brazil conclude an Open Skies agreement (potentially next year) Delta will request antitrust immunity for a joint venture with Gol, the Brazilian carrier in which it owns a stake.
- Delta is going to put curtains up between Comfort+ and regular economy, creating a divider behind their extra legroom seats. Last year Delta added a snack and removed access to these seats at booking for 50,000 mile flyers.
- Flushing airport — surpassed in 1937 by the opening of the larger New York LaGuardia — has been closed for decades, yet redevelopment is mired in political controversy.
- American’s Admirals Club in San Juan will close later this year. Hard to imagine they once had a hub there.
- “[I]t can’t be denied that Austin is now the greatest city for barbecue in the world.” So says the barbecue editor of Texas Monthly. Considering I can get Black’s in Austin delivered via various online services (or the Favor app)….
- Airbus patented an aircraft design that would theoretically fly New York – London in one hour. You won’t be flying it any time soon.
- Asiana is offering free chauffeur service on arrival in Seoul through November 30. This applies to paid roundtrip full fare business/first class only. It’s only one-way on arrival in Seoul and doesn’t include pickups back to the airport. And it only applies to Asiana flights originating in the US, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Rome, and Istanbul.
When I was a child I lived in the Caribbean during the 70’s and 80’s and SJU was a major hub; it was probably more of a hub than Miami airport. They had flights to Europe, US, Latin America and across the Caribbean. In the hub, AA was king. Every other airline had a couple of flights a day while AA seemed to dominate the airport with its flights across the Caribbean and to North America.
The airport was “open air” and it reminds me of what the old part of HNL is today.