News notes from around the interweb:
- Italian Air Force COVID-19 flyover, wasteful – but very cool nonetheless.
- Why airline loyalty programmes must go back to their roots
In order to succeed – or at least to stay relevant – loyalty programmes will need to move back to their initial role to win market shares….If the perceived value is too low, passengers will be lost to more price-aggressive competitors.
So there is a fair chance that those airlines that have devalued their loyalty programme over the past decade will have to act to reverse that trend. And the more successful will be those that do this at a structural level of the programme, rather than on a promotional basis since members will well understand the longevity – and underlying honesty – of both approaches.
- Paris was my last international city before the pandemic.
🍷Service has resumed on Paris’s café and restaurant terrasses. Diners are not allowed inside, but City Hall is letting owners extend seating outside on pavements and car parking spaces.
— Catherine Norris-Trent (@cntrentF24) June 2, 2020
- I walked in on my almost two year old daughter learning how planes fly. She loves pointing to the planes she can see out our window, taking off an landing at the Austin airport. She’s too young to know there are fewer of them now. I’m glad this video exists because it’s better than my explanation of ‘magic’.
- It wasn’t just a dead cat bounce, or a Memorial Day effect, but don’t forget how close to the bottom we still are.
TSA screened about 300 more people yesterday than the day before, so we have a new post-March 22 travel record of 353,261. pic.twitter.com/RL6lPnK7Qx
— David Koenig (@airlinewriter) June 2, 2020
- Former American Airlines CEO Bob Crandall says you can get coronavirus on planes though we haven’t traced significant infection spread to aircraft.
Further, Robert Crandall, a former president and chairman of American Airlines, called [IATA]’s suggestion that onboard infection is unlikely “nonsense, since atmospheric inhalation is the primary means of transmission.”