Competition propels global airlines into smaller cities
In recent months, global carriers such as British Airways and Norwegian Air have added new flights to Pittsburgh, Oakland, Providence and Fort Lauderdale, according to OAG, a firm that collects and distributes airline schedules.
“If you go to a smaller city, on one hand, there might be less competition,” he said. “That’s good, from an airline’s perspective. But on the other hand, there might be less demand, and that’s bad.”
While expanding to a new market can be risky, Kaplan said airlines have had a couple of economic tailwinds that have made it easier for them to take a chance on what airline industry insiders call “secondary” cities.
The smartest of travelers pack their own food when preparing for a Thanksgiving flight, in order to avoid the airport crowds and the inflated prices.
But lucky travelers in New York and Chicago won’t have to go to the trouble of bringing a sandwich.
That’s because Netflix, in an effort to advertise its new show “The Final Table,” has decided to deliver free food to ravenous flyers at JFK airport in New York and Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, according to Travel + Leisure.
NASA May Sell Tickets to Space Tourists
There’s nothing novel about the idea of charging someone big bucks for a trip into space. Russia started charging a string of ultra-wealthy people $20 million or more for a trip to the International Space Station (ISS). That was just practice for charging NASA per seat on its Soyuz rockets, but the tables are about to turn. NASA will soon have access to SpaceX and Boeing spacecraft, and it’s considering flying some space tourists of its own.
Advocates for the space tourism move say that it could be an important source of funding for the agency, as well as a way to become more relevant to the American public. It could also aid in the push to stop public financing for the ISS in the mid-2020s. A NASA advisory subcommittee backed the proposal at a meeting last Friday, but it’s still a long way from reality.
Hurtigruten cruise ships will soon be powered with dead fish, the company announced Monday.
“What others see as a problem, we see as a resource and a solution,” the company said in a press release. “By introducing biogas as fuel for cruise ships, Hurtigruten will be the first cruise company to power ships with fossil-free fuel.”
The company said it will operate ships with liquefied biogas (LBG), which is a renewable gas produced from dead fish and other organic waste. Considered the most environmentally friendly fuel available, biogas is already being used in small parts of the transportation sector, particularly in buses, the company said. Biogas is different from biofuel produced from palm tree oil or from soil that could be used for growing crops.Add to Flipboard Magazine.