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Read all about it! London and Heathrow Airport rule the airline world--at least for now. The media goes, um, nuts about Southwest's decision to eliminate peanuts as in-flight snacks. NIMBY--and not over my back yard or in my view shed, either. Inheriting frequent flyer miles. The airline naming game yields a big win for Airbus. And much more.
London Rules the Airline World--at Least for Now
JoeSentMe has spent a lot of time and electrons over the years explaining the importance of London in general--and London/Heathrow in specific--to American travelers. Now a new chart from OAG shows the value of Heathrow to the world market. And does it with dollars. Five of the top ten revenue routes in the world involve London/Heathrow. The highest-grossing? British Airways' New York/Kennedy to Heathrow run, with $1 billion in revenue between April, 2017, and March, 2018. The routes to Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Doha, Qatar, also ranked in the top ten. And keep in mind these are airline- and airport-specific numbers. British Airways also flies from Newark to Heathrow and, of course, all three U.S. carriers and Virgin Atlantic operate between New York and Heathrow, too. It's all a testament to the power of the NyLon route that ties together the financial capitals of the English-speaking world. But there are dark clouds on London's horizon. As Reuters reports, Brexit is eroding London's position. Germany is gaining fast. "Investors are sending a clear message that answers are needed on future trading arrangements, access to skills and [Britain's] future approach to the economy," according to accounting firm EY.
The Media Goes, um, Nuts on Southwest's Decision on Snacks
Southwest Airlines drops peanuts as an in-flight snack on August 1, a story first reported by CNBC. The reason: Enough travelers have peanut allergies that it's easier and safer to offer something like pretzels. USA Today probably has the best look at Southwest's long history with peanuts--and the snack's status as the icon of the airline's no-frills approach to flying. For better or for worse, the Southwest-drops-peanuts story captured media attention worldwide. Among the hundreds of stories were pieces appearing on FoxNews.com and in the Arizona Republic of Phoenix, where Southwest maintains a hub. Chris McGinnis also posted a tight, useful look at the airline and the snack on SFGate.com. By the way, if you think this is much ado about very little, do some reading on peanut allergies. It's nasty and can cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. Even ingesting small quantities or breathing nut dust can create problems. It's an extra-special concern in the close quarters of and recycled air on aircraft.
NIMBY and Not Over My Back Yard or in My View Shed, Either
This week in NIMBY is actually more than not in my back yard. It's not over my back yard or in my view shed, either. Let us start in Majorca, one of those idyllic Mediterranean Islands off the coast of Spain. As the island's major cities are overrun with visitors, Palma has decided there can't be vacation rental companies like Airbnb in its back yard. "We want Palma to remain livable for its inhabitants," explains mayor Antoni Noguera. "We believe we are setting a trend." Of course, Berlin has already tried a ban on vacation rentals and earlier this year overturned the two-year-old restriction. Closer to home--or, more accurately, other people's homes--airline noise and flight paths are back in the news. Wealthy homeowners unwilling to have flight paths over their back yards have "formed protest groups, lobbied city and state representatives and gone to court," explains The Wall Street Journal. One unhappy resident: Sarah Haeffele, a Chicago horticulturalist who claims a new flight path to O'Hare has made her property sound "like a war zone." Even closer to home--well, my home--in bucolic Cold Spring, in New York's leafy Hudson River Valley, a NIMBY dispute also has erupted. Residents live here for the river views--but seem to forget the railroad that runs right along said river. A supposedly "large utility pole" has "snuck its way into the landscape" and that enrages folks like singer-songwriter Rupert Holmes. Trust me, folks, I live right on the river--closer than Holmes, in fact--and the pole isn't large, isn't unsightly, doesn't damage the Hudson view shed and is crucial to the positive train control system that'll help Amtrak and the Metro-North commuter railroad avoid accidents.
Tight Connections ...
What's in a Jet Name? After taking control of Bombardier's line of aircraft, Airbus this week renamed the C Series as the Airbus A220 and said it was hoping for "triple-digit" orders. The next day, JetBlue Airways ordered 60 A220s and took an option on 60 more. The planes will be built in Alabama and JetBlue says the aircraft will replace its existing EMB-190s.
Inheriting Miles Gary Leff, who blogs at View From The Wing, explains airline policies on inheriting miles.
Doctor Doctor, Gimme the News JoeSentMe.com member Dr. Richard Timms recently completed an interview study of 47 registered nurses and medical doctors regarding how their work has changed over four decades. His conclusion? "We face the dispiriting of American medicine." -- Joe Brancatelli
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