News and notes from around the interweb:
- Doug Parker’s first brush with unions as a kid (NYT)
I worked in a Teamsters warehouse in Detroit for Kroger. It was a learning experience. At one point, the break horn blows and I kept working. This guy pulls up next to me and goes, “What are you doing?” I said my work wasn’t done and I needed to keep going. He goes: “We don’t work through breaks. Drop that pallet and get into the break room now.”
- The longest routes with large numbers of passengers yet no non-stop service. Five of the top 10 are from the U.S. and generally leisure routes – LA and New York – Bangkok (both used to be served by Thai), LA and San Francisco – Ho Chi Minh City (which seem likely to lose money if Vietnam Airlines tried it), and New York – Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- Star Alliance member Austrian Airlines, part of Lufthansa Group, is a great boutique full service airline but is embarking on cost cutting. Routes between Austria and Germany that don’t originate in Vienna will be taken over by Lufthansa. Four European routes will be taken over by Eurowings. And they’re cutting back Los Angeles service and eliminating Miami service. Customers in affected markets will, I think, miss their catering the most.
- Boeing seems likely to miss end of year goal for FAA recertification of the 737 MAX
Boeing’s stated goal of having the MAX re-certified by the FAA before the end of the year appears to be in jeopardy, as this audit must be completed before a final test flight and the agency will require at least 30 days after that flight to re-certify the aircraft. With seven weeks remaining in the year, it now appears highly probable that recertification may not take place until 2020, with airline re-entry into service in the March/April time frame at the earliest.
- Twitter users unite to help find owner of toy unicorn lost at Heathrow