- United Airlines just released their domestic Boeing 787 Dreamliner schedule, according to this Flyertalk post. Looks like most hubs will see the Dreamliner in revenue service on November 4. If I’m not on the actual first revenue flight, you’ll certainly see me on at least one of the IAH-LAX-IAH segments the first day.
- The 10 largest U.S. airlines posted a combined net loss of $1.07 billion in the first half of 2012. Take American Airlines out of the equation and the figure changes to a net income of $835 million. The article has other interesting figures, including ridiculously low operating margins (no shock).
- American Airlines will recall its last 211 flight attendants on furlough to begin flying in November. The FAs will likely be based in New York, Washington D.C., Dallas and Miami.
- U.S. hotel revenue will grow faster than originally expected. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ latest forecast shows high demand from group travel and business travelers, as well as wealthy leisure travelers.
- Tnooz today posted a link to a cartoon showing the “truth about online hotel star ratings.” It’s worth a click and gave me a chuckle.
- From my friends at Australian Business Traveller who were in attendance at an Air New Zealand presser this morning (err… tomorrow morning), the airline is finalizing their seating and route plans for the Boeing 787. They will offer Business Premier, premium economy and economy. Route rumors and wishes include SYD-AKL-SFO.