The Weekly Wrap: GX+ North America and Spirit’s New Loyalty Program

Written by Seth Miller @ PaxEx.Aero

In this edition of The Weekly Wrap we’re chatting with Philip Balaam, president of Inmarsat Aviation, about the company’s tie-up with Hughes to create a new in-flight connectivity solution, GX+ North America. Plus FreeSpirit, OpenIFC, and showers in t…

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3 Links I Love: Southwest’s Strategy, Surrender the Dragon, Wizz Goes South

Written by CF @ Cranky Flier

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What’s Southwest’s Network Strategy?Fly Data Guy
A former Southwest network planner talks about how Southwest has moved toward connecting banks during the pandemic.

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Travel bubbles coming? United Airlines tests potential solution on London-Newark flight

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

A key to reopening borders around the globe to the legions of grounded air travelers is confidence they will not spread the coronavirus. Some airlines have launched pre-flight COVID testing options in order to address this problem, but a key gap remains: how does an airline verify a traveler’s COVID-19 status without collecting personal health …

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Cathay Pacific closes Dragon brand, shifts flying to budget unit HK Express

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Cathay Pacific Airways, the flag carrier of Hong Kong, has been among the world’s hardest-hit airlines during the coronavirus pandemic. Forecasting a four-year recovery from COVID-19, the Oneworld Alliance carrier unveiled plans on Wednesday to shut its iconic Cathay Dragon brand and shift much of that flying to budget arm HK Express. The move, coupled …

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Cathay Pacific Restructuring: Quarter Of Jobs Cut & Cathay Dragon Gone

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

Cathay Pacific today made an official what was rumored yesterday. The airline will retire its Cathay Dragon-brand immediately and begin restructuring. The airline plans to cut a quarter of its worldwide workforce and asks its Hong Kong-based cockpit and cabin crew members to accept pay cuts. You can access Cathay Pacific here. Here’s the announcement […]

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JFK’s new Lounge, Japan & an App That Proves You’re Healthy.

Written by Jake Redman @ modhop.com

Jake shares an embarrassing moment of lost patience before diving into news about the new Flagship Centurion lounge at JFK, an app that proves you’re healthy and an airline that’s hangin’ in there. Plus, we talk about where we’d want to live in Asia on the arrival of some sort […]

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Flights Using COVID-19 Health Passport App Start This Week

Written by joeheg @ Your Mileage May Vary

One of the pieces needed to get travel, and global travel in particular, going is easily accessible, inexpensive, accurate and rapid coronavirus testing. Things are going in the right direction…

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Covid Tests, That Grocery Bonus and PeePal.

Written by Jake Redman @ modhop.com

The guys are back again with some long-winded banter about pandemic times wrapped around some travel-related bits. A couple of airlines are offering Covid testing, we’ll break down who and how much. Plus, we’ll talk about Jake’s unintentionally comical appearance on last week’s #figureitoutfriday with pal Deena Lang. Listen… Show […]

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Cathay Dragon Banned From Operating Kuala Lumpur Route After Transporting Five Covid-19 Positive Passengers

Written by Sebastian Powell @ LoyaltyLobby

Hong Kong Authorities have banned Cathay Dragon from operating flights from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for two weeks after the airline brought five positive Covid-19 cases of Indian transit passengers to the city on board one of their flights. On September 18th health officials detected five C-19 positive passengers on one single Cathay Dragon flight, accusing […]

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How Valuable & Profitable Are Airline Frequent Flyer Programs?

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

US-based airlines American, Delta, and United, have all issued debt backed by their respective frequent flyer programs to the tune of $6B or more each. Hilton and Marriott have presold Honors and Bonvoy points in advance to credit card issuers (American Express and Chase). Financial Times ran an interesting story this week about the valuation […]

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