Virgin: Richard Branson Making Stuff Up, We’re Not Bringing Back The Onboard Bar

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Richard Branson said that the onboard bar will return to Virgin Atlantic. The airline’s CEO says not so fast.

    You know, we have a bar on the 787s and we have social spaces on the A330neos and A350s, and that tells us where we’re going. You can’t just change direction mid-course. The stream of planes coming in is of that nature. We like the bar, of course, but there are always trade-offs. The bottom line is that all our planes come with bars and social spaces.

  • Passenger Discovers Blade Hidden in His Meal After He Bit Into It During San Francisco-Bound Flight

  • Doctor of Credit says that Chase will now give a pop up asking whether you want to proceed applying for Sapphire and Freedom cards if you’re ineligible for a bonus (such as due to 5/24), similar to what American Express does. I have only seen one report of this in the wild.

    He thinks this “isn’t hugely helpful to most of us” but I’d say that overall it is a more helpful strategy and something that Chase should roll out to cobrand cards (with the caveat that their co-brand contracts may still require them to pay the airline or hotel partner for the new cardmember). That’s because denying a United card to a Global Services member or a Marriott card to an Ambassador customer is a bad experience that United and Marriott wind up wearing.

  • Boom Supersonic Completes Construction of Overture Superfactory I’m not sure I’d count this as a major milestone since the ability to build a factory wasn’t one of the real major hurdles in delivering cost-effective supersonic flight.

  • Kazakhstan’s Air Astana is offering a status match

  • Mayor-elect of town near Acapulco assassinated

    Local media also reported Villalba had decided to run for mayor after his friend, a candidate, was murdered in June 2023….Since Mexico’s campaign season began last September, more than two dozen political candidates have been killed, according to Data Civica, a non-governmental organization. …Last month, five people were killed in an armed attack in Acapulco, just three days after 10 other bodies were found in the resort city.

  • Marine captains honored for saving a man’s life in the Dallas airport

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  1. I looked up the recipe for roasted sweet potato and fig chaat. Knife blades must be an optional ingredient.

  2. I’ve flown Virgin SFO-LHR for years. The bar/social area just attracts the ‘loud drunks’ as far as I can tell. For the rest of us, it’s just a noise machine and very disruptive.

  3. In fairness I don’t think the blade was “hidden” in the food like some 1800’s jailbreak scheme.

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