Qantas Sets Its Sights On Chicago And Seattle [Roundup]

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Photos of the new SAS Airbus A321LR It will reportedly fly transatlantic – Copenhagen to Washington Dulles – this week.

  • Thailand eliminates ‘test and release’ in favor of mandatory quarantine in the face of Omicron – though they’ve already identified scores of Omicron cases in Thailand – it’s already there. People who already have a ‘Thailand Pass’ will be allowed to enter, and they’ll revisit the policy January 4. (HT: Drew J.)

  • Why the mask mandate is good for the airline business. Early in the pandemic this was certainly true, I wrote that airline mask rules gave passengers confidence to fly – even to those for whom it was annoying to be required to wear a mask, they wanted everybody else to be wearing one. By summer 2021 this was no longer the case, when anyone who wanted a vaccine could get one, and the CEOs of American, United and Southwest all said they looked forward o the mandate being lifted. I think it’s unclear whether it’s helpful or harmful to the business today with Omicron.

  • Qantas still plans non-stop Chicago, considers Seattle

  • TIL: Sir Freddie Laker ventured into aircraft manufacturing. (HT: AirInsight)

  • Qatar Airways suing Airbus over A350 paint issues

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  1. I don’t think the mandate is good or bad for business. It’s just there, I’m sure there are people who will say “I’m not flying till it’s lifted”. I don’t buy it, I’ve all over the country and back internationally over the past 6 months, and it just is what it is. Another annoyance in the world of modern American aviation.

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