New and notes from around the interweb:
- Air Italy lost 164 million euros in its first year since rebranding which is actually less money than American Airlines lost flying passengers in the third and fourth quarter of 2018. Of course American Airlines has what their executives call ‘the card program’ that subsidizes their flying.
Now, Air Italy’s losses amount to over half the carrier’s revenue, which by the way is another reason to believe they’ll be no threat at all to U.S. airlines. That’s simply not something Qatar Airways is going to stick with indefinitely.
- The South China Morning Post‘s Danny Lee‘s reporting confirms what I told you, that the departure of the CEO and Chief Commercial Officer at Cathay Pacific was demanded by Beijing. In replacing the CEO with their head of HAECO, Swire Group gets a Chinese face for the airline who is seen as pro-mainland.
- Government subsidies for United’s Washington Dulles hub are helping to grow passenger traffic
Alarmed by Dulles’s downward spiral, elected leaders rushed to find solutions. The key, they said, was reducing what it cost airlines to do business at Dulles. The calculation, known in the industry as “cost per enplanement,” takes airlines’ costs to do business at an airport (rent, landing fees, etc.) divided by the number of enplaned passengers. A higher number of passengers helps lower the cost.
At Dulles, the cost per enplanement had risen to about $25, compared with less than $14 at National and about $10 at BWI.
In 2016, Virginia’s governor, Terry McAuliffe (D), unveiled a plan that would give $50 million to Dulles over two years to help reduce costs to airlines.
The money was key in persuading officials at United to sign a new lease ensuring that the carrier would remain at the airport through 2025. The airports authority board also approved a measure that allowed officials to shift revenue between National and Dulles.
- Even if you opt out of airport facial recognition, your image is already part of the gallery created before each flight.
- TSA barred a teenager with autism from flying because of course they did.
- Caption this.
— Tiffany Dowd (@LuxeTiffany) August 18, 2019