Happy Friday folks! This week was chock-full-of-news, the most voluminous of which is the new TSA screening protocol and the backlash it has received from myriad facets of the traveling public. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano wrote this week that the scanners are safe and the pat-downs discreet, meanwhile conflicting reports say that the scanners may release harmful radiation and hundreds of images of people were released from the machines that supposedly could not store data; and groups from all over the world are staging protests.
TSA hubbub aside, there was plenty of other newsworthy items to befall the airline industry this week, not least of which was a suspected bomb discovered on an Air Berlin flight, continued woes on Qantas flights, and Japanese airline officials charged with price-fixing.
Pilots and regulators are at heads over the new pilot fatigue rules, due to the exorbitant costs it will impart on the airlines. Boeing and Airbus are also taking pause over costs about whether they will redesign their narrow-bodied planes to increase efficiency. Canada is also remiss about the high fees they incur that their friends across the border in the U.S. do not face.
Richmond is worried they will lose low-cost carriers if people don’t start flying them more, Oneworld Alliance adds Russia to its family, and Emirates wins the PAX catering award for best inflight meals.
Southwest announced three new routes in the U.S. this week and Delta is increasing its service to Europe and Asia. The Airbus 380, meanwhile, is getting lots of media play again this week, much of it positive, including the sale of 380s to Japanese low-cost carrier Skymark, concern about whether there are enough A380 engine parts available, and the return of Emirates’ A380 service to New York.
This week at JetBlue, we launched service to Hartford, announced a partnership with Emirates, three new TrueBlue partnerships with Avis, Budget, and FTD, a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement with American, doubled our service to Orlando from Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, and shared our winter weather operations plan. Stop. Pause. Breathe.
As always, safe travels and have a great weekend! Thanks for reading!