Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 26, 2016
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Portland Could Lose Its Only Transpacific Flight
Southwest Adding Denver-San Francisco Flights For Fans
Jetblue Promises Fully Connected In-Seat Consoles
TSA To Use More Dogs At Security Checkpoints
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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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