Before you listen to this episode go check out the photos here. It is a stellar collection of images from around the USA of planes parked. Truly stunning, in every sense of the word.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, a few topics consider for this week’s show:
- Airport as a drive-in movie theatre
- WizzAir still planning AUH operation/expansion – Budapest and Bucharest from June 2020 and with Cluj-Napoca, Katowice and Sofia from September 2020
- Air France will be limited on selling some short-haul flights as the French government puts conditions on its bailout funding
- Air Canada will retire 79 older planes; United is less committed to its fleet retirement plans, but it is talking a little about moving things around, including a return to the SIN-HKG route in the near-term
- The Qantas ultra-ultra-long-haul plans are on hold as Project Sunrise is suspended. We talk about that and other very long flights and the economics of such
- Virgin Atlantic is bailing on Gatwick and shedding 3,000 jobs, as well as grounding its 747 fleet immediately
- IATA says there’s no need for the seat blocking if passengers wear masks. But airlines are still marketing that idea anyways, including Frontier charging $39 for the block
- United Airlines is selling pins and shirts from the “United Together” campaign, with proceeds supporting the company’s We Care Employee Relief Fund.
- A listener question about flying old planes in Iran
- New Zealand and Australia defining a “travel bubble” safe zone
Also, big thanks to the Producer for rejoining us this week. We’ll try to include Rolo more often assuming schedules permit.