3 Links I Love: Middle East 5th Freedoms, Expanding Blocks, Plane Names

This week’s featured link:
American CEO Doug Parker finally gets to the crux of the concern about Middle East carriers. Forget about flying through the Middle East airlines’ hubs. The big worry is that they’ll start flying to the US from Europe and Asia over time, using their lower cost structures to undercut existing carriers.

Links I Love

Two for the road:
We’ve talked about this here before. Airlines like United may be showing record on-time performance, but that’s because they’re padding their schedules more. This is a temporary solution that helps keep planes arriving on time, but it can’t be a permanent solution. Things will need to change.

Condé Nast Traveler
Here’s a fun piece talking about the time-honored tradition of naming aircraft. Not enough airlines do it anymore, sadly.

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