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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 11, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | February 11, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 11, 2016

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Southwest Bids to Serve Long Beach Airport
Long Beach Airport, one of the smallest commercial airports in Southern California, could soon have a new tenant. Southwest Airlines has applied to start daily service out of the airport by the end of this year. The Dallas-based LCC will compete with JetBlue, American and Delta.

Delta and Alaska Airlines Expanding Service to Helena
Alaska Airlines and Delta are upping their service to Montana’s Helena Regional Airport. Both airlines claim that at least 75 percent of the seats on their inbound flights are filled, on average. Delta has started using larger aircraft to meet demand on flights from Minneapolis and Salt Lake City.

Emirates Upgrades Service to Southern Africa
It’s yet another sign that demand for air travel is rising in Southern Africa: Emirates will use larger Boeing 777s to increase capacity on flights to Zimbabwe and Zambia. The new planes have 97 more economy class seats than the smaller Airbus A340s that used to fly these routes.

Ryanair Will Not be Reimbursed for Legal Fees in Tax Case
Ryanair went to court in Ireland to get back €60 million it said it overpaid in passenger taxes. The case is still pending, but the airline wants to get back legal fees it paid when the government delayed providing information that was necessary for the case. The judge did not order the government to reimburse the Irish LCC, but said that such legal fees could be included in the final judgment.


Southwest Airlines pilots picketed at Dallas Love Field earlier this month to protest their lack of a new contract after four years of negotiations. Yesterday, Las Vegas-based pilots protested outside an employee event at the Orleans Hotel and Casino.  

Regional airline Flybe has begun twice-daily flights between Manchester Airport and Rotterdam. This is the only connection from the UK to Rotterdam that does not originate in London.  

Chongqing Jiangbei Airport is becoming quite popular. Hometown carrier Chongqing Airlines is joining AirAsia and Thai Airways in offering direct service to Bangkok from Chongqing (its first international route). Earlier this year, another Chinese carrier, WestJet, launched service to Singapore from Jiangbei. 

In order to cut costs, Boeing will be eliminating jobs from its commercial airplane unit. The company announced the plan to cut jobs during an employee webcast. It has said that it needed to become leaner so that it could better compete with Airbus. 

Climate change could strengthen high altitude winds, which would alter the speed at which planes cross the Atlantic. Westbound flights would have to deal with a stronger head winds, while Eastbound flights would be able to ride the jet stream and reach the other side of the Atlantic a few minutes faster than they do now.  


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