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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 3, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | February 03, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 3, 2016

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Want To Be On Time? Fly in Australia.
Osaka and Tokyo were among the most on-time airports in the world last year, but most of the major hubs in Australia were also near the top of the list. Adelaide, Perth, Cairns, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane all earned honorable mentions in their respective size categories.

Southwest Has Tentative New Contract with at Least One Union
Southwest Airlines is still trying to agree to new contracts with its flight attendants and pilots, but one group is ready to ink a new deal. The union that represents the airline’s in-house flight instructors will vote to ratify a new contract in the coming weeks. The deal has already been approved by negotiators, so there is a very good chance that it will pass.

Why No Single Airline Will Ever Dominate LAX
American Airlines and Delta both have large operations at LAX, but according to Bloomberg, it would be impossible for either carrier to dominate the airport because there are too many other airports in the metro area and because Los Angeles is the final destination for most travelers, so LAX actually has fewer connecting flights than some other hubs.

Map Shows Football Coach Bret Bielema ’s Grueling 19,000-Mile Trip
Between the end of the regular football season and the end of January, Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema flew more than 19,000 miles to visit top recruits. The school published a Google Maps image showing his trips. In all, the coach took 47 flights over a six week period, traveling as far away as Los Angeles, New York and Miami.


Air Astana will be getting a major boost from a new code-sharing deal with Air France/KLM. The Kazakh carrier will begin code sharing its Paris-Astana flights March. It will also move to a more centrally-located space at Charles de Gaulle Airport. 

WestJet had a worse-than-expected quarter. The Canadian carrier was hurt by the flagging economy in Alberta. The province is struggling because of low oil prices, and fewer people are flying as a result. 

Vietnam Airlines has been losing ground in the domestic market as low cost carriers offer cheaper flights around the country. To counteract this, the flag carrier has promised to establish a separate budget wing that will compete with upstart VietJet on short haul domestic routes. 

Mexican carrier Interjet is moving into the U.S. marketplace with twice-daily flights between Dallas Fort Worth and Mexico City. The service will start March 3. Interjet already flies to a dozen international destinations and 37 cities in Mexico.   

A French construction firm, Vinci, is negotiating to renovate and operate two airports in Iran. The deal was part of the high-level discussions that took place during Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s recent visit to Paris. 


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