Kids, I must confess — I was so busy with this week’s National Business Aviation Association annual conference that I barely had time to keep up with the rest of the industry. But I did manage to find five interesting stories I’d love to share with you.
- Back on July 9, I got to take a day trip up to United Airlines’ Chicago O’Hare hub for a party being held for Tom Stuker, who accumulated 10 million (yes, million) Mileage Plus miles (my AvWeek blog post on that is here). One of the gifts given to Stuker was a Boeing 787 model. During his remarks at the festivities, United CEO Jeff Smisek said the 787 would be in the fleet by 2012. He also quipped about how he had been waiting four years for the delayed plane. And now, my Aviation Week colleague Darren Shannon writes about how another 787 production delay has caused United to cut its 787 delivery schedule from six to five of the type.
- Are you one of those people who use websites to manage all of your frequent flyer miles (I’m not one of them)? if you’re using sites including AwardWallet, MileWise and GoMiles, you may be facing some trouble, according to the Wall Street Journal. Southwest Airlines and American Airlines have sent “cease and desist” letters to these companies over their activities.
- SmarterTravel’s Ed Perkins gives us the skinny behind the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck trusted traveler program, which is quite similar to the old registered traveler programs (which were privately run). But he also asks some very good questions about the program, including cost, locations and enrollment.
- My friend Sandra Gonzales, a multimedia journalist in New Orleans, shot this piece on how Louis Armstrong International Airport has become one of 8 American approved airports to fly to Cuba.
- As you know, the nostalgic aviation geeks had been waiting with bated breath for the new ABC-TV series “Pan Am.” You can see my review of it in this Sept. 26 post. Which is why I enjoyed this post from travel expert Peter Greenberg’s thoughts on the real Pan Am.
I’m still catching up on my Airplane Geek podcast episodes. I just listened to Episode 166, featuring Delta Air Lines social media guru Susan Elliott. It was a great episode., and you have to love a woman who has a genuine DC-3 prop and a white leather sofa in her work space!! And I got to guest host Episode 168, with Lori Ranson, he America’s Air Transport Editor at Flightglobal. And don’t forget to read this week’s edition of Strange But True Aviation News!
I have one more week to go at Aviation Week. And I thank you all for your kind tweets and emails. But as a result, there will be some changes on my blog. Mondays will now be my top stories of the previous week. Tuesdays and Wednesdays will remain the same. Thursdays are for Random Aviation Photos and Friday will be Strange But True Aviation News. I hope you’ll continue to support me here!