As if we weren’t sad enough about the demise of Aloha Airlines, here’s a story from the Honolulu Advertiser about its proud history. In keeping with the aloha spirit – and, yes, it’s real – several hotel chains in the islands are offering discounts to stranded passengers.
I’ve been reading a lot this morning about the chaos at Heathrow’s new Terminal 5 and it does not look good. The most interesting piece I’ve run across so far is in The Guardian, by Jamie Doward, headlined "Lovely airport, Willie, shame it doesn’t work." That’s a reference to Willie Walsh, who is British Airways chief executive. For now.
Joe Sharkey, meanwhile, has compared the whole mess to the fall of Saigon.
Here’s the news buzz word for the latest unkind trend in the travel industry: disegalitarianism.
This disturbing word comes from Adam Goldstein, CEO of Royal Caribbean International, which owns several cruise lines. He uses it to describe the trend toward providing more amenities exclusively for the highest-paying passengers.
Here’s something I missed (but the attentive members of the Bradley Airport Yahoo! group didn’t) during the hubbub over plane inspections: Delta is dropping direct flights between Bradley and Columbus, Ohio.
Delta has been offering 10 flights a week to Columbus – twice a day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays; and once a day on Sundays and Wednesdays. The two-hour flights, operated by Delta Connection partner Chautauqua Airlines, are on 50-seat Embraer 145 regional jets.
Delta’s schedule shows the flights disappearing early in June.
The loss of those flights and the 500 seats a week out of Bradley come as no surprise. Airlines are cutting back hard on sevice, and cutting back hardest at smaller airports like Bradley. But it’s a shame.
The Columbus Dispatch has more details.