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Among the topics in this week’s show:
- Roaming SIM cards are still a thing and we’re dipping back into an old favorite resource.
- Boeing had a pretty bad week, with an Ethiopian whistleblower raising claims of questionable maintenance and training practices, Southwest pilots suing for lost wages, at least 38 older planes grounded after inspections revealed cracking in the “pickle fork,” and more. But that also led to reports of a renewed 767 using the GEnx engines from the 787 line as a possible play. Oh, and the CEO is no longer the Chairman.
- Taiwanese upstart Starlux wants to deliver luxury in the sky with lie-flat beds, but its current route profile tops out at 4 to 5 hours in the sky. That’s a hard value proposition to drive, especially without the long-haul portion of the network feeding traffic.
- South America will see a shift in alliances with Delta investing in LATAM. American might pick up GOL and there’s a renewed push for United, Avianca, Azul and Copa to figure things out.
- American Airlines shifted a bunch of management roles around; Fozz is not impressed.
And, as always, plenty more. Enjoy!
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