This weekly post is my ‘round tuit’. Included are stories which caught my eye and others which I couldn’t cover in-depth during the week, but thought Flight Chic readers would want to know about.
Better connections in Europe and a LEVEL playing field abroad.
1. Launching LEVEL
IAG’s LH/LCC LEVEL launch June Barcelona to LAX, Oakland, Buenos Aires & Punta Cana. 2 new Airbus A330s (293Y 21PY). Initially Iberia crew pic.twitter.com/FwzfhDRLbq— Max Kingsley-Jones (@MaxK_J) March 17, 2017
IAG's LCLH unit Level to fly to LA, Oakland, Buenos Aires, Dominican Republic from June from Barcelona — more locations on the horizon pic.twitter.com/lff13TIPIf— Robert Wall (@R_Wall) March 17, 2017
New breed of airline upends world travel https://t.co/VpQQ4W6hZR— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) March 18, 2017
3. About those ‘Fair and Open Skies’
Our Future Our Fight? Delta squandered int'l opportunities for decades. Delta has no inherent "right" to carry a passenger, "own" a market. https://t.co/qGiZ3C7Ffy— Will Horton (@winglets747) March 13, 2017
4. Self-service can be a beautiful thing.
5. Captain Sullenberger speaks out on the dangers of Lithium-ion batteries.
Lithium-ion batteries pose a significant safety risk on airliners; Trump admin. must act now to protect travelers. https://t.co/9NSwOSVMUC— Sully Sullenberger (@Captsully) March 13, 2017
6. Common myths on the causes of cabin discomfort.
7. KLM and TU Delft launch new innovation partnership.
8. New U.S. administration plans cut-backs to airport security.
9. Lay-offs at Boeing
NEWS Boeing to begin “involuntary layoffs” in May – FOX31 Denver https://t.co/ARjEEz3cs4— Breaking Aviation News (@breakingavnews) March 18, 2017
Big money flows to the top as a number of Boeing workers issued layoff notices or giving up defined benefit pensions https://t.co/gUI7Mp3Gtp— FlyersRights.org (@KendallFlyers) March 18, 2017
10. Impressed by the quality of the facilities and the range of capabilities at Lufthansa Technik Malta.
LHT Malta can perform D-checks, an inside and out repair and maintenance interval which can take 40,000 man hours to complete. #LHTAvDays— FlightChic | ✈️💺 (@designerjet) March 17, 2017
Most common services performed at LHT Malta are C-checks (comprehensive). Also performs major mods and end of lease. #LHTAvDays— FlightChic | ✈️💺 (@designerjet) March 17, 2017
Passengers are *extremely* rough on aircraft interiors; which basically keeps the MRO business and suppliers doing very well. 😉 https://t.co/UwzZ0ZENrf— FlightChic | ✈️💺 (@designerjet) March 17, 2017
11. Learned a lot about LHT’s work delivering new FlyNet connectivity system, and got to take it for a joy-ride.
12. Wrapped up the day with a peek at the LHT Frankfurt facilities.
13. Engine maintenance is intricate and beautiful.
These blades came off this A330-300 engine. pic.twitter.com/hMUWceR4Mv— FlightChic | ✈️💺 (@designerjet) March 17, 2017
NB I was invited by Lufthansa Technik to join aviation journalists on a visit to their MRO facilities in Malta and Frankfurt, and for a first trial of the new FlyNet European connectivity services, powered by Inmarsat. LHT arranged travel and accommodations. My reporting of the event is independent.
14. Two weeks to go until we know the winners! Details on the Crystal Cabin Award finalists.
These ideas will improve air travel in 2017 Crystal Cabin Finalists https://t.co/MSOtcQKCZf via Aircraft Interiors Int'l Magazine— FlightChic | ✈️💺 (@designerjet) March 12, 2017
15. What to expect onboard MAS A350
16. Airbus lays ground work to support growth in Asia with plans for new Training Centre.
17. Trouble brewing for Polaris?