New and notes from around the interweb:
- Is Delta delaying flights indefinitely to avoid cancellations? They do have more 10 hour-plus delays than competitors, but not by much, and adding all those in as cancellations doesn’t change that Delta cancels far fewer flights than United and American.
The article suggests Delta isn’t indefinitely delaying flights so that they appear to cancel fewer flights overall, but that’s not really what’s been observed anecdotally and worthy of investigation in my opinion. Delta seems to incur nearly indefinite delays on a handful of days when they’re otherwise looking to report cancel-free days. Still, an interesting look at the data.
I’d also point out that I’ve noticed an increase in quality posts at The Points Guy, though a lot of the interesting stuff I find gets buried.
- How US airlines finally realized the extraordinary capabilities of the Boeing 757
As successful as the 757 was in replacing aging narrow-bodies, it took until the middle of the ’90s for the aircraft to be used substantially on longer-haul markets. During a time of new ETOPS regulations for twin aircraft, the 757 began operating to Hawaii, replacing the traditionally used wide-body aircraft such as the DC-10, L-1011, and 747. This was the first substantial evolution for the aircraft away from its original 727 replacement mission, but not the last.
- British holiday carrier Jet2 billed a disruptive passenger $105,000. However ‘disruptive’ is sort of the definition of a Jet2 passenger, and if you have $105,000 you aren’t flying Jet2.
Jet2 Boeing 737
- Delta is adding Narcan to their inflight medical kits this fall
A man just #overdosed on my @delta flight, needle in arm he passed out in bathroom. The plane didn’t have a #NarcanKit. The paramedics took 10 minutes to arrive. They just carried him out in a body bag 🙏🏾@Delta please practice #harmreduction and get a #NarcanKit on every ✈️
— Lynne Lyman (@lynnelyman) July 14, 2019
- Trains simply aren’t the most effective way to traverse long distances. They’re efficient on routes up to a few hundred miles between large population centers. You get on and off in fixed places that may not be where people want to go, they’re incredibly expensive. Flying is far more efficient over distance, and buses work better between smaller point-to-point markets. Yet the government demands continued billions in subsidies to serve long distance routes and small markets.
- 360 degree drone walkthrough of the new British Airways lounge in San Francisco