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