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News and notes from around the interweb:
- Earn unlimited credit towards Air France KLM Flying Blue elite status by donating to charity
- Airline crew found drugs on board, reported it, and were sent to a Dominican Republic jail
- Delta executive derides Sky Club members who stay too long, “We’re not WeWork”
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- “Air Marshal Pulls Gun on Angry Passengers To Protect The Flight Deck”
- Sydney start-up plans to save airlines $61b a year (Australian Financial Review)
Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation is backing a Sydney start-up that makes sharkskin stickers that reduce wind drag and could save the aviation industry tens of billions of dollars a year in fuel costs.
The start-up, MicroTau, has developed a way to print microscopic, three-dimensional “riblets” onto huge, lightweight stickers that can be applied to the skin of an aeroplane to reduce wind drag