It’s been a busy week in my real world, but there’s always time to look back in Last Week at Economy Class and Beyond.
From Photos from my iPhone… well. What can I say? Cue the epic sax and Gerry Raffety Song (And yes… I’ve got this playing whilst editing this).
The Coronavirus continues to make an impact on the aviation industry (as it does in parts of the world)
- Singapore Airlines makes additional cuts on its network
- Lufthansa rolls out measures to reduce costs
Other airlines are making cuts too – so check with your carrier
I’m just posting a link also to the World Health Organisation advice to travellers and the general public.
Routes and Networks
- Virgin Atlantic adds Manchester to Delhi seasonal service – This is a new route for Virgin Atlantic. With Air India not interested in serving Manchester, it seems Virgin is having a go.
Business of Aviation
- Hell freezes over – American Airlines and Qatar Airways announce a codeshare – Is American getting desperate after the fallout of LATAM? Or are they seeing common sense by working with other partners?
- Heathrow Airport expansion blocked – For those who want a third runway at Heathrow, there’s a major setback after the Court of Appeal blocked the expansion.
- European Commission investigates Alitalia and Italian Government over state aid – Seriously? What will it take to put this airline out of its misery?
New Aircraft News
With ITB Berlin cancelled and other trade shows cancelled in Germany, I’m fully expecting further trade shows to be cancelled. Air New Zealand released a concept of economy sleeping pods – which I’m in the process of deep-diving.
Coronavirus won’t be straying far from the headlines sadly, as airlines continue to adjust capacity and routes. But we’ll look beyond this, as I expect a flurry of releases this week, as well as one or two cancellations.
And one of my trips maybe placed on ice.
Until then – safe travels.
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