Also, In the Skies 18 Hot Aviation Happenings in Week 16

Sometimes flying is for the birds. Other times, it’s for the dogs. But can you imagine life without it?

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.

1. Emirates says it will cut US capacity (not permanently) and Fair and Open Skies Group gloats:

Statement by Partnership for Open & Fair Skies on Emirates’ Plans to Cut Flights to U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC (April 19, 2017) – Emirates announced today that it will reduce flights to five of the 12 U.S. destinations they fly to beginning next month.

“The fact is, market demand has never played a role when the Gulf carriers decide where to fly. It is well known that the Gulf carriers, including Emirates, lose money on most of their flights to the United States and are propped up by billions of dollars in government cash,” said Jill Zuckman, chief spokesperson for the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies. “Their business model is based on growing their networks without regard to profitability in order to serve their governments’ goals to dominate global aviation. A perfect example is Emirates’ most recent route between Athens, Greece and Newark, N.J., a money-losing flight that is only possible because of government subsidies. That Emirates would refer to itself as “profit oriented” is simply laughable.”

2. Etihad expresses its commitment to the US market. (see thread)

3. There are usually at least three sides to every story.

4. Creative ways to ensure passengers a good flight’s sleep

5. Qatar Airways becomes first airline to comply with Resolution 753.

6. Turkish Airline starts its own laptop loaner program.

7. How airlines cater to families in-flight.

8. New views for Dreamliner aircraft

9. Boeing’s latest mass lay-offs.

10. Should airports be cities?

11. The industry should carefully study these views on the United incident.

12. There is a problem with flight behaviour that goes deeper than unruly passengers, and further than United.

13. At least American Airlines knew to respond immediately and empathically.

But there are issues which must be resolved through recruiting and training, and also by acknowledging that staff are under stress.

14. American’s flight attendant union makes valid comments on crew stress in general, though this might not be the best time or the best way to make their point.

15. Munoz won’t chair United board.

16. AirAsia invests in Touristly

17. Vroom. Vroom. Eco-friendly with adequate legroom.

18. Meanwhile, on a Delta flight…(We need some comic relief.)

Enjoy week 17! And let’s everyone behave.

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