News and notes from around the interweb:
- 12 plane crashes that changed aviation
- The UAE and Bahrain are opening additional air routes for Qatar Airways. The existing blockade likely violates several international air agreements those countries are a party to. Progress… Meanwhile Qatar has opened up visa free travel for citizens of 80 countries, making it cheaper to visit.
- Research finds that “Uber drivers gang up to cause surge pricing”. Of course now that Uber just quotes a price, instead of telling you it’s a surge, complaints about surge pricing have soften substantially.
- Serving vegetarian food only in domestic coach is saving Air India good money. They could save even more if they eliminated meals entirely or went to Buy on Board like the US airlines do. Are US carriers even worse than Air India..?
- Hack that UK folks can use to bypass British Airways credit card surcharges
- Is the Essential Air Service program a boondoggle, or a bipartisan boondoggle?
Aviation blogger Gary Leff said there’s a good chance the White House plan to eliminate the program won’t survive. “Really just goes to show how difficult it is to cut back on even the most obvious cases or programs that are just bad ideas.”
Senator Schumer sees this very differently, not as an example of politicians protecting pork but as a rare case of bipartisanship in Washington and also here in northern New York, where airport funding has support from Republicans and Democrats.