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News and notes from around the interweb:
- If you’re flying on one of the Cathay Pacific business or first class mistake fares and plan to go to Vietnam to start the journey don’t try to do a straight turn, departing on the plane on which you arrive in the country.
- British Airways will introduce a new premium economy seat
- Sacramento airport will be getting two ‘Escape’ lounges, one in each terminal. These are pay-in lounges accessible complimentary to Platinum Card® from American Express cardholders. (HT: Doctor of Credit)
Escape Lounge, Reno
- Who is paying for the National ID database? The REAL ID Act of 2005 (which many of us are familiar with because the TSA keeps saying they won’t accept some states’ drivers licenses not compliant with the act at security checkpoints and then backs down) provides for a private database, funded by states, in order to claim not to be a national ID database. Except that funding for each state is coming from the federal government.
- Southwest will go with Global Eagle exclusively for inflight internet, dropping Panasonic which services less than 10% of its fleet. Panasonic equipment is being removed from aircraft this year and while systems are being replaced some Southwest jets are flying without connectivity.
- This year American Airlines is going to make reliability a major focus naturally to the exclusion of everything else. What’s the word for doing the exact same thing and expecting different results? Oh yeah.
- American plans to replace the blade doors on 737 lavatories back by the galley that open into each other with bi-fold doors.
I’ve been writing about their intention to fix this since last January (when Parker made his crack about Delta putting crew seats on lavatory doors). But make no mistake: bi-fold doors open into the lavatory and mean even less room for passengers.