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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 9, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | February 09, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 9, 2016

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Embraer Positioned to Win Order from Alaska Airlines
Embraer had a great 2015. The Brazilian airplane manufacturer got 500 firm orders, mostly from regional carriers who wanted its small airplanes. Now, Alaska Airlines is looking for 30 aircraft for short haul routes, and Embraer, which has made planes for Alaska affiliate Horizon in the past, has models that fit the bill perfectly.

Canadian Travelers Driving Business at U.S. Border Airports
Airlines at border airports like Buffalo Niagara and Plattsburgh have been trying to lure Canadian fliers with cheap fares. Plattsburgh, in New York across the border from Montreal, has even added French signage to lure Quebecois fliers.

Government Retains Control of TAP
Last year, Portugal agreed to let a consortium of investors, including JetBlue founder David Neeleman, take a majority stake in Portuguese flag carrier TAP. The deal has since been renegotiated, and the government will retain a 50 percent stake in the airline with the consortium taking 45 percent and the airline's employees holding on to 5 percent. 

Singapore Airlines to Delist Tiger Airways
Singapore Airlines has now bought more than 90 percent of low cost carrier Tiger Airways. It plans to mop up the remaining shares and then privatize the airline, taking it off the Singapore stock exchange. Tiger has struggled with the rise of other budget airlines in the region.


Emirates wrote an editorial piece in its public affairs journal, Open Skies, that responds to criticisms by Lufthansa. The German airline claims that government support and regulations are creating an unfair advantage for Emirates. However, the Dubai-based carrier’s editorial contends that Lufthansa’s struggles are the result of its own mismanagement, not outside competition. 

After a drawn-out debate and more than a little controversy, Britain’s transportation minister has said that a decision is coming for the country's airport expansion funding plans… maybe. Patrick McLoughlin has said that he thinks that the government will decide this summer which airports will get funding for expansion projects. 

The International Civil Aviation Organization, the UN’s aviation wing, has come up with a plan to create limits on aircraft emissions for all planes built after 2028. Critics think the limits are too little too late, but some, including the Obama administration, call it a good first step towards curbing emissions.   

Pakistan International Airlines has partially resumed service after a six day strike that started when three protesting employees were killed in clashes with police. Because few international airlines fly into Pakistan, the strike left thousands of Pakistanis stranded in places like the Middle East and Southeast Asia.


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