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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 4, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | February 04, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 4, 2016

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Southwest Pilots Picket at Love Field
As promised, Southwest pilots carried out a planned “informational picket” at their airline’s hub in Dallas yesterday. One group carrying signs demanding a new contract stood outside of the airport entrance while a second group stood in the main lobby.

United Hires French Firm to Run Its Lounges
United Airlines has announced that it has signed a contract with French food service provider Sodexo to run 50 of its United Club lounges. Sodexo also runs more than 50 cafeterias for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Reno Moves to Promote NYC Flight
According to Reno-Tahoe Airport CEO Marily Mora, the cheap Reno-New York City flight offered by JetBlue needs to be promoted more vigorously during the low season by the local convention and visitors bureau. The worry is that JetBlue will pull out or only offer seasonal service if the flight does not get enough low season traffic.

80 Percent of Arrivals in Cyprus Are Tourists
In 2015, 80 percent of the international arrivals in Cyprus were tourists. The country has given incentives to low-cost carriers like Ryanair, who have increased their number of services. The plan is to court airlines more aggressively in the coming year.


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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