What we’re reading: Delta/Virgin alliance good for competition? new Boeing 787 concerns, Mayan end-of-the-world bookings


Delta and Virgin Atlantic tout alliance as good for competition

Delta and Virgin Atlantic say that their alliance could bring more competition in the transatlantic market.

The airlines said that their top priority would be to cooperate on codesharing in the U.S. and the U.K. domestic markets and to establish reciprocity with frequent-flyer programs so members can earn and burn miles on both airlines.

New problems with Boeing 787 revive concerns

A pair of recent problems with the Dreamliner are reviving concerns about the plane, the first to use composite materials.

A United Airlines 787 flying from Houston to Newark was diverted to New Orleans last Tuesday after one of its six electric generators failed midflight. That same day, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered inspections of fuel line connectors on all 787s, warning of a risk of fuel leaks and fires.

Mayan prophecy drives surge in one-way flight searches

SkyScanner reports that believers in the supernatural are “flocking to two small villages — Bugarach in the South of France and Şirince in Turkey,” as the end of the Mayan calendar nears.

Dedicated followers believe the end of the world is nigh as the Mayan calendar comes to an end on 21st December 2012, with some expecting the remote farming village of Bugarach to offer an escape. The plan: to catch a connecting flight of an altogether different kind, where in-flight re-runs of the film “Alien” are replaced with a much more realistic encounter.

(Photo: Delta: jikatu, Virgin Atlantic: Deanster1983/Flickr Creative Commons)