This has been quite the crazy week in the aviation world, it's time for another weekly roundup. For those that are new this is a post where I take all the interesting aviation news I read this week and give my two-cents. If you'd like to get this in your mailbox weekly be sure to signup for one of our free or paid plans!
First, I'd like to recap a post from this week that I wrote about American laying off more than 600 people only to outsource jobs. I still find it appalling that with as much federal assistance that American has received over the years, especially during 2020, that they would outsource jobs. If American really did want to improve their image they would not be outsourcing jobs.
Additionally I want to introduce Eye of the Flyer to all of you. Chris has been nice enough to invite me to guest write on his blog and share some of my knowledge with his audience. Right now I plan on delivering a weekly topic from inside of the aviation industry, so be on the lookout to that and follow his blog if you aren't already!
Cardboard meal boxes aren't the end of the world. I wish people would stop getting their panties in a twist about it. I never expect much from European short-haul business class and I never will, because I don't think it should be lavish or expensive. Most places in Europe can be flown to within 4 hours, at that length of flight I don't even think a meal is really necessary. Give me some good quality snacks and you have a happy camper.
Delta is finally doing something about their old 737-800s! I flew on one last year and it was a disaster, my fist was larger than the first class IFE screen and the interiors felt tired. However the first class seats are some of the most comfortable. The new materials are harder and much more unpleasant to sit on, I wish we would have properly padded seats again!
Why can't people behave during flight? Is it really that hard? Also it is that hard to not drink too much during a flight? At this point we should be including how to restrain your fellow passengers in the safety card now. It's good to know that most of the time passengers have your back and are willing and able to step in and assist where possible. Give those passengers kudos and some airline miles!
Out of any airport I would make a super tight connection into, London would not be the one! I remember a few months ago I had to make a connection in London from an international to domestic flight. I was sold a 2.5 hour connection and used every minute of it. I ended up making it to the gate right as they were calling my zone to board. And based on Matt's article I don't think he's going to make it, at least the airline has to cover him as it was sold to him as a short connection.
Big sigh here, Delta is using the new SkyMiles program as an excuse to increase the annual fees and give us some B.S. monthly credits. I'm so tired of these AmEx cards getting monthly credits. Just give us some worth while benefits or don't give us anything at all and lower the annual fee. My Delta cards are going right to the sock drawer until renewal and then I'm doing to cancel. It's just not worth it.
Speaking of it not being worth it, I think we can all agree credit card perks just aren't the same anymore. A lot of the benefits we had are gone or had massive amounts of restrictions placed on them that makes them impossible to use. Credit card companies are becoming blatantly anti-consumer and benefits keep getting stripped away while annual fees skyrocket. I'm not the only one to see this right?
Absolutely shocking that Boeing would admit fault here, I hope the corporate lawyers signed off on this because it could open them up to lawsuits from airlines about their irresponsible safety controls. I saw the writing on the wall years ago when Qatar refused to take delivery of their 787s from non-union factories. In their extreme cost cutting measures Boeing as unequivocally compromised safety.
Lastly, I found it quite interesting that Alaska is offering huge boosts to their mileage program after the grounding was lifted for their 787 MAX9 aircraft. No doubt this is to drum up more cash quickly after cancelling hundreds of flights for the past few weeks. This is even as Alaska has said they expect Boeing to pay for all their lost revenue. I'm curious if that actually will happen.
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