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DLD 198: The AA +UA + Rolls episode and more...



DLD 198: The AA +UA + Rolls episode

Does it feel like this trio of topics come up too often? Maybe if they weren’t always doing silly things we’d venture out more. But not this week. Because American, United and Rolls-Royce continue to dig themselves into holes. Ouch.

The Rolls-Royce 787 engine issues continue to spread, and we’re not really sure that good options exist to get alternates into place.

American Airlines had a pretty crappy week thanks to an IT issue with regional carrier PSA.

Culture challenges at United Airlines are also significant. But on the cool side there is now a helicopter option with United to connect between Newark and New York City.

Oh, and the Instagram “influencers” blight is very real. We’re talking about it again.

 

DLD 197: Smoke & Mirrors

Getting “stuck” on a 10-abreast 777 is about the worst thing ever, right? Then again, maybe not. We’re joined this week by Michael Trager of TravelZork and talking about how some travelers actually prefer the tighter space on board.

Also part of the conversation:

  • Seth admonishes Michael for his pyjama habits
  • Delayed flights, delayed luggage and the mysteries of reroutes
  • A mild stalker-ish experience on the streets around Heathrow (in a good way!)
  • Some British Airways love, especially around the new(ish) Boston lounge
  • The sexiness of flying upstairs, even if it is in economy class

 

 

DLD 196: Some long ones

Will Star Alliance soon see a new top status tier? The idea was floated during the group’s briefing at this week’s IATA Annual General Meeting in Sydney.

Also in this episode:

  • Rolls-Royce Issues Continue to Grow – Hoping to have a fix by 2019
  • TAP/Air New Zealand/Norwegian/LAN/BA/SATA (leasing planes from Qatar)
  • Air France leasing Air Belgium A343
  • PIT-PVG from China Eastern – subsidized by PIT airport authority
  • EWR-SIN restart
  • ORD people mover outage
  • Bombardier – not delivering trains to NYC (disallowed from bidding on next round)
  • Brussels Airlines canceling flights due to a lack of spare parts

 

 

DLD 195: Visiting with The Kindcraft

“This is a project that is in existence because of travel.” That’s how founder Lauren Lancy describes her project The Kindcraft. And Seth had the great fortune to spend some time chatting with her about how that came about.

Don’t you feel sometimes like you make friends with a city? That’s just one of many topics we discuss. Also, how travel becomes critical to creativity or making the right connections or chasing down a new creator to build new bonds. Japan, India and Thailand are three of the main regions we talk about in that context.

Plus, being based in Chiang Mai is pretty great for making trips within the region so we talk about that, too.

 

DLD 194: The Trojan Zamboni

If you’re going to sneak into Canada we suggest a Trojan Zamboni as the obvious choice for transportation. And apparently Quebec is the best place to make your move.

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