News notes from around the interweb:
- Think twice before heading to the airport with that huge wad of cash
- A bipartisan group of legislators has signed on to extending payroll support for airlines, supposedly 223 members of Congress. This is insane.
Southwest Airlines says they don’t even need to furlough anyone this year, without the money. American Airlines told employees last week they’re supportive of the effort, but can’t publicly lobby for it – because there’s no question of the survival of the business at this point. Moreover there’s just less consumer demand for air travel, airlines need fewer employees, paying those employees not to transition to new industries delays the economy’s recovery.
- That’s some hardball negotiating from United, ‘thunderdome for regional airlines’:
United Airlines has told two regional airlines, ExpressJet and CommutAir, that it will drop its contract with one, according to a pilot union letter reviewed by Reuters, in a potentially mortal blow to the losing carrier as the coronavirus pandemic guts demand.
ExpressJet and CommutAir each work exclusively for United and the plan would mean one would lose its major source of revenue.
- Does Vietnamese fish sauce come from Ancient Rome? Ok, it’s the fish sauce that traveled, a long time ago, but that’s enough of a travel connection that I wanted to share this hypothesis.
- These days I’ll take any 747 flying that I can.
747s coming back to life! This particular aircraft flew passengers for Singapore Airlines from 1992 to 2006 before being converted to a freighter for Dragonair Cargo, then flying with Cathay Pacific Cargo until 2013 when it was sent to the desert. https://t.co/uuxV08unKY
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) July 27, 2020
- Hotels are struggling like never before. in-person events of any size are questionable for some time. So naturally my city of Austin will use a 2% increase in hotel tax to make its convention center bigger.