Catching up on some reader mail, and also on big changes coming in airports served, meals on board, and vaguely boring partnerships.
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Also in this episode:
- Tailwind’s DC switcheroo
- United/Emirates deal is just as boring as we expected, but at least it includes flyDubai
- American Airlines closing SFO flight attendant base
- Boeing looks to sell Chinese 737MAXen as white tails
- Delta meals upgrades
- More Boom engine mess
- Heart’s electric hybrid shift
- A WaPo reporter repeated the infamous Ferris Bueller day
- ZipAir launching NRT-SJC in December; ANA bringing it back in March
- Horizon pilots contract approved
- Old Doha Airport is back for a bit
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- Schiphol still a mess, and the CEO resigned
- French ATC strikes, and a Ryanair flight to the wrong country as a result
- London capacity caps to extend through the winter
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Regarding the AA SFO flight attendant base closure, it really has nothing to do with the California meal and rest break rules. If it did, the company would have happily used it as an excuse. Its simply a fact that the base no longer works with the small volume of flight for AA. The result for quite a while has been less than optimal scheduling leading to multi-day pairings hopping around the country to ensure SFO crews get their hours. All this flying can be accomplished by existing bases.
And the reason why the SFO FA’s can transfer to LAX is that the contract bars it. LAX already has several hundred displaced crew members result of the Covid reductions who hold priority return rights before anyone else can transfer in. Since AA does not expect to clear the list until possibly well into 2024, any new transfers in are contractually not possible while the displaced crew members wait for their right to return.