News and notes from around the interweb:
- Free meals in economy weren’t particularly good so here’s this month’s reminder that you don’t really want them back: Virgin Australia passengers sick after being served smelly parmesan cheese sandwiches. (I once almost had to cater a full Boeing 757 with… Chinese food but fortunately managed to bribe a sandwich shop inside the terminal to stay open late and hurry.)
- Emirates and Airbus are deferring deliveries of 12 A380s although the net effect is just a shift in 6 planes from 2017 to 2019. (Six are deferred from 2017 to 2018, and six from 2018 to 2019.) Emirates’ love of the A380 nothwithstanding, the aircraft has largely been a commercial failure and this doesn’t help.
- American Airlines is shrinking in Phoenix (shocking literally no one).
Phoenix remains important, but its purpose in the American route network is different than it was in the US Airways route network. It’s an inferior hub compared to Dallas, and it’s not nearly as important for local traffic as Los Angeles. That was pretty obvious from the start but also something that American (wisely) was unwilling to admit publicly.
Phoenix is Home to a Great Many Regional Aircraft
- Delta officially kills their Boeing 787-8 order (shocking literally no one).
- Korean Air will allow more active use of inflight tasers because Richard Marx (HT: Josh F., Paul H. and several others.)
- 5 creative airline patents from 2016 including the British Airways pill passengers would swallow to get better service. If you’re flying British Airways Club World, you do need to be medicated…