Flying on Thanksgiving Weekend can be a crazy experience. But this year it seems someone took one of those idiotic “how to get upgraded for free” stories a bit further than they probably should have.
Also in this episode:
- India’s IndiGo continues to have trouble with its P&W engines on the A320neo, to the point that regulators want to ground older frames awaiting replacement engines. But it might also be possible to fix the problem simply by not running them so hard.
- EL AL will try Melbourne service in Summer 2020, with some technical and routing challenges along the way
- The FAA wants to have more control over the 737 MAX return to service, including individually approving each aircraft before Boeing delivers them to airlines.
- Hong Kong Airlines is in a world of financial troubles, with the IFE system offline because it cannot pay for the content and regulators threatening to shut it down if more money doesn’t show up this week.
- Norwegian‘s long-haul operations will soon drop Copenhagen and Stockholm as European gateways, closing routes that launched the airline’s 787 services. But it could also launch service at Heathrow with a trio of weekly slot pairs in Summer 2020.
- The A350-1000 got a boost in the total seating capacity, which is probably bad news for your hips and knees.
A fun, brief anecdote from Bhutan is also in the mix this week; more to come on that front eventually.
Enjoy the show!