Hello everyone. I’ve enjoyed these recent stories about aviation, and perhaps you will too. Thanks for reading this blog.
Four Seasons Hotels is getting into the air charter business. “The Toronto-based luxury-hotel chain says the airplane is the hotel industry’s first fully branded private jet,” Bloomberg writes. For $119,000, you can fly around the world with the hotel chain. Can this possibly work? (And by work, I mean can Four Seasons make money here?)
The Associated Press takes a look at airfield security in light of this week’s report of a stowaway who flew from San Jose to Honolulu. “I don’t think San Jose is different than 80 percent of the airports around the country” in how secure its perimeter is,” Rafi Ron, former head of security at the closely guarded airport in Tel Aviv told AP.
Delta released first quarter earnings on Wednesday, and the earnings beat expectations, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. This happened even though January and February winter storms forced the airline to cancel 17,000 flights.
Hawaiian Airlines just launched flights from Honolulu to Beijing, and the airline is optimistic they will be profitable. Skift interviewed the airline’s CEO about its international expansion strategy.
Jetblue is offering a coat check service at New York – Kennedy, according to Jaunted. It’s an amusing plan. The idea is to make it easier on New Yorkers traveling to warmer climates, like Forida, where they won’t need a jacket. The travelers can leave their coats at JFK and pick them out on the return. The cost? $2 per day and $10 per week.
The Associated Press seeks to answer a question that has confused many people for weeks. “Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Why are Americans obsessed with it?” Do we blame CNN?
Crankyflier explores why major international airlines are so concerned about the fact that Emirates has been flying between Milan and New York.