Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 11, 2016
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Southwest Bids to Serve Long Beach Airport
Delta and Alaska Airlines Expanding Service to Helena
Emirates Upgrades Service to Southern Africa
Ryanair Will Not be Reimbursed for Legal Fees in Tax Case
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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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