New and notes from around the interweb:
- Data on how homesharing services are competing with hotels
- Air Zimbabwe taking ex-Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777s That’s way too much plane for Zimbabwe.
- Despite Qantas’ 46% stake in Fiji Airways, and sponsoring the small carrier for oneworld connect membership, the Flying Kangaroo is ramping up competition to Fiji.
- More airlines putting lie flat seats in narrowbody aircraft.
Philippine Airlines (PAL), Panama’s Copa Airlines, Saudia, France’s La Compagnie and TAP Air Portugal. Kazakhstan’s Air Astana is also planning to put its first lie-flat narrowbody aircraft into service in Oct-2019, followed by Bahrain’s Gulf Air in early 2020.
- The former manager of WestJet’s credit card co-brand doesn’t like Vice President of Loyalty d’Arcy Monaghan
As some of you know, I took a role in the Loyalty Department of WestJet where I was responsible for the credit card portfolio as well as the Frequent Flyer Partners (FFPs) of WestJet.
…[U]ltimately the reason I left was a philosophical difference of opinion I had with my VP on how people should be treated. I expected a certain modicum of professionalism and appreciation for the work that people in the team contributed … he … did not. …Outside of my VP, the culture within WestJet was quite fun and collaborative.
- Virgin Australia is buying back the rest of its previously spun-off frequent flyer program. Air Canada, which led the world spinning off its program, has done the same. With air berlin’s topbonus gone, and JetPrivilege a shell of its former self post-Jet Airways implosion, the case for spinoffs isn’t looking good.
- There’s nothing quite like Princess Juliana International Airport.
The best low-pass ever at St.Maarten Airport 😍 pic.twitter.com/Irlyt4r9Xq
— Aviationdaily✈️الطيران يوميآ (@Aviationdailyy) September 15, 2019