News and notes from around the interweb:
- New Ritz-Carlton Maldives opening, overwater villas from 70,000 to 100,000 Marriott points per night
- The Economic Case against a Second Airline Payroll Bailout
- Update on American Airlines retrofitting planes for their miserable domestic Torquemada configuration. Less space between seats, less seat padding and recline, smaller lavatories. I bet if Trump realized American was spending CARES Act money and sending plans to Central America to be worked on he wouldn’t be so thrilled about another bailout.
The first LAA A321H N126AN, which is the A321S with ETOPS used for Hawaii flights, is currently in SAL getting the oasis mod. That’ll be the second LAA A321 to be in the oasis configuration after N930AU received it back in April. 2/81 retrofitted.
More LUS A321 are going in for the mod as they’re due for heavy maintenance. 21 of 121 A321L have received or are in the process of receiving the new configuration. N161UW became the first A321OA to receive Kodiak.
All of the “vintage” Block 1 Boeing 737NG, delivered from 1999 to 2001, have been put into storage. Except for N907AN ship 3AG which is currently in Tulsa receiving the oasis modification.
163 737-800 have received the oasis retrofit, of which about 55 are in the Kodiak configuration. Any oasis aircraft with scheduled maintenance in either TUL or DFW receive the Kodiak Modification. There’s currently 66 738A left in the fleet to retrofit. And it’s unclear if all 76 block 1 738D will receive oasis or if some will retire.
The A321NX and the Boeing 737 MAX will also receive the Kodiak Modification in the future and as we take more deliveries. Oasis mods are being preformed at SAL, INT, GSO, and TUL.
- Congressional privilege Florida congressman stopped at TSA with a loaded gun, he was allowed to leave and store his gun and then fly.
- Another airline avoids worker furloughs without any additional government subsidy
- 3 Congressmen fly home to Minnesota ater Covid exposure they tested negative after traveling on Air Force One with the President. Meanwhile this Mississippi Senator flew Delta ‘wearing a mask’.
I’ve seen enough Republican senators test positive to tweet this photo. @SenatorWicker — because you refused to wear a mask on our @Delta flight last night, please let your fellow passengers know your status once you’ve been tested. pic.twitter.com/j2TW6g1gwO
— Matt Harringer (@MattHarringer) October 3, 2020