Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 8, 2016
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American Airlines to Build New Gates at O’Hare
South African Airways Continues Jo’burg-Sao Paulo Flights Despite Zika Scare
Pakistani Expats Stranded by Ongoing Airline Strike
Zimbabwe Becoming the Center of Africa’s Fare Wars
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Airlines who have ordered Airbus A320neos will have to wait a couple of extra months for their planes to be delivered. Ongoing issues with the new aircraft model’s engines are said to be behind the delay.
Air Seychelles is now offering service from China. The flag carrier’s first flight from Beijing took off on Feb. 2. This will be a once-a-week service that is expected to increase the number of Chinese visitors to the Indian Ocean island nation.
Canadian airlines are slightly late to the party, but they are now rolling out Wi-Fi on their airplanes. Both Air Canada and WestJet are in the process of outfitting their planes with wireless internet capabilities.
Canada’s new government wants to help travelers streamline their trips to the U.S. Lawmakers are currently discussing putting U.S. customs pre-clearance checkpoints at Toronto Island and Quebec City airports. With the pre-clearance capabilities, planes taking off from these airports could fly to airports in the U.S. that normally do not accept international arrivals.
It is another sign that IAG wants a bigger share of the Latin American market: Spanish carrier Iberia, which is owned by IAG, is increasing the frequency of its Madrid-Montevideo service to five flights per week.
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