3 Links I Love: Boeing’s Fall Continues, A Big JetBlue Loss, Hawaiian Fights LAX

This week’s featured link:

The New York Times
What a painful article to read. It paints the picture of a company that is at best unaware of what is going on across all divisions. It sounds much worse than that. The FAA was kept in the dark, and it also looks like a “yes man” with whatever Boeing wanted. Boeing’s world of hurt continues… and it’s all self-inflicted.

Image of the Week: I’m working on a redesign of the blog, and it will likely see the header image go away after all these years. Many have asked me over the years where the original header image came from. Here it is. I took this on July 9, 2004 at Deadhorse in Alaska. Alaska 737-200C N741AS was built in 1979 and left the fleet in 2004. It served us well on our flight back to Anchorage. It appears it may still be flying in Congo… in theory. It was re-delivered to International Trans Air Business in 2013, but it could just be sitting derelict.

Two for the road:

JetBlue News
The headline makes it sound so routine, but buried at the bottom of the release is the big news that JetBlue’s Chief Commercial Officer Marty St George is done at the airline. Judging from the rest of the release, it looks like JetBlue has tapped three people (or 2 + 1 to be named later) to replace him. That feels about right. JetBlue is going to miss him.

FlightGlobal
I think this Twitter exchange summarizes how I feel about this.

This does not surprise me. It's hard to say this "irreparably" harms Hawaiian, but it is most definitely annoyingly inconvenient. Still, the airport has decided it has 5 airlines that matter, all the cats and dogs… good luck

— Brett Snyder (@crankyflier)

I tend to agree, of course the hub airlines should get the most attention. But if the airport promised Hawaiian something and is now backtracking, then that's concerning

— Brett Snyder (@crankyflier)
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