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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 26, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 26, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 26, 2016

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Portland Could Lose Its Only Transpacific Flight 
Delta currently flies from Portland International Airport to Tokyo Narita. This is the only transpacific service from the Oregon city and business travelers have come to rely on it. A change in the deal that airlines get at Narita and Haneda airports could cause Delta to drop the Portland flight, leaving the city without direct air access to Asia.

Southwest Adding Denver-San Francisco Flights For Fans
To cater to Bronco fans headed to the Super Bowl, Southwest Airlines will add three nonstop flights from Denver to San Francisco on Feb. 5 and three return flights from San Fran to Denver on the Monday after the big game.

Jetblue Promises Fully Connected In-Seat Consoles
JetBlue is promising to give fliers a fully-connected, gate-to-gate entertainment experience via new seat-back screens. If the low-cost carrier can come through with this promise, it would mean that fliers would be able to access the internet and in-flight entertainment without having to bring their own device on the plane.

TSA To Use More Dogs At Security Checkpoints
The TSA will double the number of sniffer dogs at security checkpoints. The specially trained pooches will help with screening by sniffing out explosives. It is a low-tech tool, but one that the TSA hopes will actually help speed up the screening process.


Alfred Portale, a Michelin-star-winning chef, has been creating the menu for Singapore Airlines meals for 11 years, coming up with 18 new dishes every six months. The airline spends about $500 million annually on its in-flight catering. 

The head of the pilots’ union for American Airlines fliers, Keith Wilson, has blasted the carrier for offering below-par compensation for pilots and creating a work environment that lags behind competitors Delta and United. 

JetBlue is offering cheap flights to South America with a $509 round trip fare from Philadelphia to Lima, Peru via Fort Lauderdale.  

Both Qantas and Air New Zealand are suspending flights to Vanuatu after there were concerns about the safety of the runway at the main airport in capital, Port Vila. Virgin Australia, however, has said that it will continue flights after its experts deemed the runway safe. 

The new Boeing 737MAX will take its first flight on Friday, weather permitting. Airlines are already clamoring for orders, the first of which should be filled in 2017. 


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