Qantas' implementation of a new dress code policy for its lounges was a necessary step, writes Grant Martin, noting the airline needs "to at least pretend to maintain standards for their more discerning clientele."
Columnist Gary Walter asks readers whether Qantas should open a Sydney lounge available only to first-class passengers, despite currently having an award-winning lounge facility at the airport. He cites the fact that "even a cheeky $79 fare on one of the Jetstar Boeing 787s which fly from Sydney to Melbourne using each airport's international terminals is enough to get a Platinum cardholder into the Qantas First Lounge."
Flying first class represents more than just extra comfort, it can be a networking opportunity, a way to speed up loyalty rewards from carriers and it saves time, writes William Arruda. "Airlines are improving their first class amenities while making economy even less appealing," he writes.
Small businesses await the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of the health care reform law, and small business trade groups have vigorously opposed the law's key component: a requirement that every American buy health insurance. Many small business owners would be forced to close if they have to shoulder the cost of health coverage, and what they really need is a cap on premium hikes, writes Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit.
Nicholas E. Calio, president and CEO of ATA, explains that a few industries -- alcohol, gambling, tobacco and airlines -- pay higher taxes, often levied to discourage their use. "Putting aviation in the 'sin tax' bracket is absurd, given airlines' beneficial -- indeed, essential -- role," Calio writes. "Where would we be without airlines? Grounded, as a nation and as a player in the global economy."