MIAMI — Vinay and Rohan kick off the show discussing Qatar’s diplomatic spat with several Middle Eastern neighbors (0:45), which may spell sinister things for Qatari aviation. Rohan and Vinay don’t expect the situation to subside very quickly, or at least without repercussion.
On a more positive note, they discuss United Airlines’ announcement of nonstop service from Los Angeles to Singapore on the Boeing 787-9 (12:44), which certainly took everyone by surprise as an 18-hour flight in 9-abreast seating doesn’t sound like many peoples’ cup of tea.
North of the border, Canada’s WestJet will be taking a huge step as its pilots voted in favor of unionization (22:25) under the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA). Will its flight attendants be next?
Back on U.S. soil, Donald Trump has expressed interest in privatizing Air Traffic Control (29:00). What could this spell for U.S. aviation, and who may be against the idea?
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