Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 22, 2015
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Southwest Airlines will pay $2.8 million to settle a lawsuit that said it violated FAA safety regulations. The settlement requires Southwest to change the way it oversees third-contractors who work on maintaining aircraft.
Two major European carriers, KLM and Lufthansa's low-cost subsidiary Eurowings, have started service to Dubai. The airlines will fly from Amsterdam and Cologne, Germany respectively.
Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines has announced that it will start non-stop service to Los Angeles from Mainland China next month. The flight will not originate in Shanghai and Beijing, but in the city of Changsha, a hub in Hunan Province.
American Airlines will begin to offer flights to Cuba in 2016. The flight plans have already been in the works for months and officials expect the maiden Cuba voyage by an AA jet to take place “soon.”
American won’t just be flying to Cuba. The airline has also announced service from Charlotte, North Carolina to the island of Curacao. AA already flies to Aruba's sister island from Miami.
Seattle Tacoma International is the first airport in the U.S. to make infrastructure plans that will eventually provide airlines access to biofuels. Different biofuels have been used successfully in test flights over the past few years.
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