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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 29, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 21, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 29, 2016

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Want Cheap Airfares? Fly To Houston
Cheap fuel prices are good for almost everyone… except oil execs. Airlines in Houston, the headquarters of most of America’s oil companies, are offering steep discounts in an effort to get oil industry employees, who have found themselves having to pinch pennies, back into the sky. Fares between Houston and other oil capitals around the globe are down as much as 59 percent.

Qatar Airways Hopes To Compete For Title Of World’s Longest Flight
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has hinted at the possibility of a flight from Doha to Auckland, New Zealand. If it happens, this flight would be approximately 18.5 hours long, making it the longest in the world.

Man Gets Entire Philippines Airlines Flight To Himself
An Austrian travel blogger was the only person on a flight from Manila to the beach resort destination of Boracay. The only other people onboard for the 200-mile journey were two flight attendants and two pilots. Airline employees told the blogger, Alex Simon, that the flight was usually packed.

Smaller Airports Also Preparing For Super Bowl Traffic
The Bay Area's three major airports are getting ready for increased traffic during Super Bowl week. Smaller airports will also see an increase in traffic with private and corporate jets bringing passengers in for the big game. Places like Livermore Municipal Airport, Palo Alto Airport and Hayward Executive Airport are all prepping for an exponential increase in the number of planes that they will have to serve.


Japanese airline ANA has announced that it will fly between Tokyo Narita and Mexico City starting this summer. The carrier cited high demand for direct flights among business travelers as the reason for launching this new service. ANA will compete on the route with Mexican flag carrier Aeromexico. 

After stopping service a year and a half ago, Alaska Airlines will once again offer seasonal direct flights from Atlanta to Portland, Oregon. The airline is hoping that Portland locals will prefer a Pacific Northwest-based carrier (Alaska is based in Seattle) to Delta, which has four daily flights from ATL to Portland scheduled for the summer season.  

For the second time in a week, large metal objects have washed ashore in Southeast Asia, raising speculation that the debris might be from the missing flight MH370. Earlier this week, a metal panel washed up in Thailand. This time, the debris came ashore in Eastern Malaysia. Officials are investigating. 

Southwest Airlines has announced that it will pay its 158th consecutive quarterly dividend to shareholders on March 3. The payment will be $0.75 per share. 

Low-cost airlines in South Korea have been threatened with fines if they do not maintain a roster of pilots to back up each flight that they sell tickets for. This threat came after several LCCs were accused of not following safety procedures and using pilots who were overly fatigued. 


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