New American Airlines Capacity Limits For Each Aircraft

News notes from around the interweb:

  • Thailand-based NokScoot airlines decides to liquidate

  • Even though American Airlines will no longer limit the number of seats they sell for social distancing starting July 1, they will still do some blocking near flight attendant jump seats. Here are the new capacities by aircraft:

  • Etihad debt goes to court

  • Chase credit card data suggests that in-person restaurant spend correlates with higher COVID-19 cases three weeks later, while higher supermarket spend correlates with fewer cases. (I’d note that higher restaurant spend may correlate with other things as well.)

  • Thai Airways is losing parking stands and check-in counters at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport. The airport authority can take these back because, as part of its bankruptcy, the airline is no longer considered a state-owned enterprise with priority facilities access.

  • M Resort Las Vegas is suspending resort fees through September 7. Resort fees represent a price floor, and hotels need to discount to fill rooms right now. Vegas hotels that haven’t already done so should also suspend parking charges, which disproportionately affect people driving from Southern California – a bigger deal with fewer people flying.

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  1. If close proximity is safe, it’s safe. Why the FA buffer? If it’s not safe, why fail to block middle seats (aisle seats on 2×2 regionals)? Do they know what they’re doing and how it looks from outside the star chamber?

  2. Gary – off topic, but do the same rules apply to Hyatt premium suites as standard rooms for points reservations (and standard suites for SNAs)? If a hotel has a room category that books as a premium suite on points available at a cash rate, do they have to make it available as a premium suite for points? Or can a hotel only make certain of their premium suites available for points, and hold others of the same category for cash bookings?

  3. Gary The above American Airlines seat capacities for flight attendants distancing I assume all other (B737, B777, B787, A319, etc.) aircraft will depart with 100% capacity?

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