With US airlines now filing WARN notices for potential furloughs the potential to see that impact their regional partners is becoming more clear. Scope clauses in the pilot union contracts could have a significant impact come 1 October.
British Airways made it official to crew this evening: the 747 will leave its fleet effective immediately. Subject to consultations with employee unions, the Queen of the Skies will not carry passengers for BA again.
American Airlines and JetBlue are to launch a "strategic partnership" in Boston and the New York City area, aligning flights and loyalty program benefits to boost their recovery. It reads well in the press release, but how it evolves in practice is very much op in the air, with few details available from either side.
Traveling by air today brings a new set of challenges and concerns for passengers, but the means to address them remain scarce. A survey conducted as part of the Inmarsat/APEX FlightPlan event earlier this year reveals what industry executives believe the future holds. And follow-up conversations with some of those parties reveal how it might even get paid for.
Generally speaking airlines don't dedicate an aircraft to a single route. But this is certainly a time for strange things in the world of aviation. So Delta Air Lines choosing to fly one of its A321s on what appears to be a dedicated route for the past four months almost seems normal now.
And, yes, it is all about the money.