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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 21, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 21, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 21, 2016

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Long Beach Airport May Soon Allow International Flights
After years of asking for its international flights to be allowed to land at Long Beach Airport, JetBlue may soon get its wish. The California city’s authorities have commissioned a study that will see if it is worthwhile to bring the requisite customs and immigration facilities to the airport so that it can serve international flights.

American Airlines To Build New Gates At LAX
American Airlines wants to add 20 new daily flights to its Los Angeles schedule, but it doesn’t have the room to do so. The airline will actually be building two new gates to handle the new services. By June of this year, the Texas-based carrier will have a total of 220 daily flights out of LAX.

Low-Cost Carriers Struggle To Take Off In Canada 
A combination of aggressive established airlines and risk-averse investors have made it difficult for new airlines to gain traction in Canada. Some pundits are saying that new airline NewLeaf won’t be able to survive because investors will not be willing to put any additional money into the airline if it struggles at the beginning.

Boeing To Start Making Widebody 777X
Boeing will start the new year by redesigning one of its older models. The widebody 777X will go into production in 2018, with the first one rolling out of the factory in 2020. Once it takes to the skies, the X will be the largest and most efficient two-engine jetliner in the world. Other 777 models are still quite popular, and some carriers are opting to purchase these time-tested versions rather than putting in orders for the new 2020 model.


Omaha finally has a daily West Coast service. American Airlines will begin flying from Warren Buffet’s hometown to Los Angeles on June 2. Southwest began offering flights to LA last year, but that was only a seasonal service during the summer. American’s flights will take off year round. 

A report by the US Department of Transportation blames the FAA for less efficient air traffic control facilities. The DOT’s inspector general claims that the FAA’s unwillingness to update its policies and practices has led to less productive air traffic control systems and procedures. 

Arizona Cardinal fans will have to pay more than $600 if they want to fly to Charlotte to see their team take on the Carolina Panthers. Flights from Phoenix to nearby Denver, where the other NFL semifinal will be held, are only $178, so fans who are willing to switch allegiances could save more than $400 on airfares. 

Delta is apparently considering purchasing aircraft from Canadian manufacturer Bombardier. The struggling airplane maker’s C Series aircraft could be a replacement for Delta’s aging short haul planes, most of which are made by Airbus. 

Struggling Phillipine Airlines has big plans for the future. The airlines CEO, Jaime Bautista, wants to launch more overseas flights and also take his airline from a three star Skytrax rating to five stars within the next half decade.  


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