News and notes from around the interweb:
- I already reported on the opening of United’s new Washington Dulles Polaris business class lounge. The Newark, Chicago and Houston lounges will re-open this year as well, and LAX and San Francisco early next year. Presented as a scoop, this is largely what Live and Let’s Fly reported in August.
United Polaris Lounge Newark Dining Room
- United CEO Scott Kirby ‘hopes American keeps doing what it’s doing’ because that makes them a weak competitor. Unmentioned is that they’re largely following the course he charted when he was American’s President. I wish there was some narrative around what happen to make the ‘new Scott Kirby’ because he was a cost cutter day one at United, but now is handing out $1000 employee bonuses and installing seat back tv screens in narrowbody aircraft.
I asked Scott Kirby if he still talks to his old boss Doug Parker (he does) and what advice he’d give him. Exclusive tidbit from the TPG Aviation newsletter, which you can sign up for here: https://t.co/W1IYBjWOmk pic.twitter.com/CrlrSZ4kZH
— David S. Pumpkins 🎃 (@David_Slotnick) October 13, 2021
- Tourists from 19 countries can visit Bali with visa in advance, but this does not include the United States.
- United is adding Washington Dulles – Amman, Jordan service (!) as well as Neward – Ponta Delgada in the Azores (Boeing 737 MAX 8); Newark – Bergen, Norway; Tenerife Spain; and Palma de Mallorca.
The big 2022 international route reveal is here! RT if you solved any of the clues in the video.
— United Airlines (@united) October 14, 2021
- Delta acquires more used Airbus A350s
- The abusive anti-mask Alaska state senator banned from Alaska Airlines caught Covid but don’t worry because she’s using Ivermectin.
What most people miss was that early very small studies suggested Ivermectin really would help, it was a very promising treatment, but larger and better-designed studies suggest otherwise (while leading to hope around fluvoxamine).