MIAMI — Rohan, and Vinay kick off the show discussing the abysmal April for U.S. carriers beginning with Delta’s 4-day operational meltdown (2:10) which lead to thousands of canceled flights after its Atlanta hub was throttled by bad weather. Was it REALLY as bad as the media said it was or was it simply “schadenfreude” for people wanting to chastise the widget for its, “on-time machine” hubris?

United is pulling Tokyo – Seoul and shifting 737s from its Guam base to the U.S. mainland (15:50), further decreasing its intra-Asia footprint. Ryanair’s, “Always Getting Better” program will now include connecting flights and other customer-friendly perks – and no, this was not an April Fool’s joke (28:40). Finally, Norwegian heads West of the Rocky Mountains to launch services to Denver and Seattle. Better get started on that flannel-themed 787, stat.

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