Welcome to 2018, where hotel loyalty programs are updating their rules and one is starting over completely. A late 2017 bankruptcy is finally getting resolved and new seats are coming (yes, slimlines) to a major European airline. And somehow we’re still relatively optimistic about the whole thing.
A near miss at SFO is big news this week, as are missed earnings numbers, status matches and an AvGeek tragedy.
This week’s episode is all about changes coming to flying in and around Los Angeles. Also, Iran Air is having fun with its new toy and airlines seem to struggle keeping systems online.
Last week saw the restoration of commercial air service between the US and Cuba after a 55 year hiatus. We were on board and recorded this episode with guest Cynthia Drescher while on the ground in Santa Clara, Cuba.
Newark Airport is about to get a whole bunch more flights, and we’re not so sure that’s a good thing. London City Airport will also grow and Thai Airways is looking to return to the USA.
Applications for Haneda slots are in from the US airlines and St. Helena is almost ready to open. Austin, Texas is on the docket as it more Mint-y freshness from JetBlue.
Long Beach is growing, Eurowings is struggling and TAAG may be coming to Houston. Plus, the deal to open Cuba-US flights is ready to fly.
Capacity collusion, CRJ Coffin Corner and Cuba’s Challenges. Lots of strange stories in this week’s show.
Nuts drive a diversion, United bails on JFK, JetBlue adds Mint to Boston and Seth talks a bit about flying on Cubana.
Today we’re tackling a serious question from a former UA loyalist who is looking to spread his wings elsewhere. We’ll call him Mr. Tilton to protect the innocent.