United’s New Look at LAX Revealed and Richard Branson Boycotts the Maldives (Where He Didn’t Go Anyway)

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  1. Instead of impugning Richard Branson’s motivations (I have no idea what they are), the real story here is that: 1) there does seem to be some bad players in the Maldives gov’t, and potential tourists should know a little bit about the country they’re thinking of visiting; and 2) the call for protests could destabilize the country and impact travel.

  2. I went through LAX on UA last week and sketches are nice but they need to turn them into a big upgrade. At present, it’s like 1979 out there with narrow concourses, little seating at gates, weak, repetitive food choices, and a Red Carpet Club that wastes needed seating space on a vacuous entry way.


    Bradley termimal is almost a year old. Why didn’t UA do it’s work while the terminal was being redone?

    Also, the article on this linked above calls LAX a west coast hub for UA. Does UA call this one of its hubs?

  3. There’s a fairly substantial difference between a flight to MLE and one to LOS. The Male one is about tourism, Lagos is about family ties and business. Trying to equate to two to imply some form of improper motivation on Branson’s part is a bit low.

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