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Rolling Aviation Thoughts

11 Jan
  • While I enjoyed reading this New York Times article on the vanillification (my own word) of aircraft liveries, what was even better was this cool interactive feature that shows how liveries have changed for existing and defunct airlines.
  • I like that Air New Zealand and United Airlines are taking a page from auction houses for their latest passenger offerings.  The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Air New Zealand’s new OneUp program allows travelers to bid on upgrades to premium economy and business class seats on flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Shanghai or Beijing. Under Mileage Plus Headliners, every Wednesday, United travelers can use miles to bid on bid on experiences, including trips, event tickets and what the airline calls “airline adventures,” reports the Chicago Tribune.
  • It’s nice to see that regional carrier Great Lakes Aviation was able to buy itself back from Raytheon Aircraft, according to this report in AINOnline.  The company bought a stake in the airline back in 2008 to help it avert a Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing.
  • Two blogs that have joined my must-read list: GateGuru and Airplanista.
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