News and notes from around the interweb:
- The ITA Airways (‘new Alitalia’) starting fleet of planes
- American Airlines flight attendant welcomes passengers… then decides not to fly
- Travel advisors are like Catholic priests, and people are confessing their sins of using fake vaccine cards (WaPo)
- Spirit Airlines making great progress installing wifi lack of internet is the biggest reason I’ve avoided flying them, even though their Big Front Seat is one of the best values in travel.
The full A321 fleet completed its retrofit. Passengers on the type should be guaranteed a connected plane at this point. For the A320ceo planes (Spirit just calls them A320), the work is more than 80% complete. No guarantee at that level, but the odds are highly in favor of customers finding WiFi available on board. Given the current installation pace the last dozen planes should wrap up right around Thanksgiving.
Installation on the A320neo and A319 fleets has not yet started, even as new deliveries of the A320neo ramp up (11 so far of 16 planned for this year). Presumably those will begin as the A320ceo complete, just like the A320ceo followed the A321s.
- Removed Robert E. Lee statue now on display at Texas resort not sure if this is better or worse than the W South Beach displaying Che Guevara art?
- Alaska Airlines pushes its plan to grow at Paine Field to 2022 when it will operate 12 peak daily departures.
- Another Delta employee fired for smuggling guns