Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 4, 2016
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Delta CEO Richard Anderson will step down on May 2. Ed Bastian, who currently holds the title of company president, will take over for Anderson. Anderson has been running Delta since 2007.
American Airlines, United and British Airways are being cautious about adding capacity on the long-popular Chicago-London route. The three airlines have not added any new flights in recent years and talks of hourly flights run by allies American and BA have been completely dropped. Still, American has said that it plans to offer four daily flights during the summer.
After a first successful test flight, Boeing has announced that it will work to deliver the first of its new 737 MAXs ahead of schedule next year. Southwest is the first airline in line. It is slated to get its first MAX sometime in the third quarter of 2017.
Republic Airways, which flies regional routes for all three legacy carriers, is struggling. The airline has announced that it will let go of 158 workers and close its base at Denver Int’l by the end of September this year.
Key West International Airport will push to get funding for a runway extension. The airport has seen passenger numbers dip since Southwest pulled out in 2014. The extension will allow larger aircraft to land at the airport more safely.
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