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Airlines and Airports Mark Earth Day: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 22, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | April 22, 2016

Airlines and Airports Mark Earth Day: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 22, 2016

These are the air travel stories taking off on the internet today. 

Frontier Airlines Launches 35 New Routes
Frontier Airlines made a major competitive move last week, launching 35 new domestic routes. Aside from two services to Saint Augustine and one between Cleveland and Portland, all the routes will be contested by at least one other airline.

Airlines And Airports Mark Earth Day
Airlines will mark Earth Day on April 22 with special events. Hawaiian Airlines, for example, will fly a special flight between Auckland and Honolulu to demonstrate all the ways that commercial airplanes can go green. Orlando and Atlanta airports will both host Earth Day celebrations. 

Boeing Mulling New Version of 737
Boeing is considering creating a newer version of the 737. The new plane would be a bit larger than the new 737 MAX and would have more range. Boeing is currently measuring interest from Southwest, United and American.

Delta Applies for Minneapolis-Tokyo Haneda Route
Delta Air Lines will try to preserve its MSP-Tokyo route by moving the flight from Narita to Tokyo Haneda, where the service can remain profitable. The problem is that two other legacy carriers are also vying for the same slot, so Delta may not be approved to make the change.


Southwest Airlines will soon break ground on a $145 million project to build a new operations center at Dallas Love Field. The project will also include a flight simulator building. It comes on the heels of a $100 million expansion to the airline’s headquarters.

South Korean budget airlines will have to operate under stricter regulations after a series of safety protocol breaches. Both Jeju Air and Jun Air have been fined recently for breaking safety rules, and some industry experts are warning that the problem is much bigger than people think.

Delta Air Lines and Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International are marking Autism Awareness Month by opening a new multi-sensory room that is designed especially for people with autism

American Airlines is also trying to score one of the coveted slots at Tokyo Haneda airport by offering a new route from Dallas Fort Worth. If approved, this will be the fourth daily flight from Dallas to Tokyo (though the other three all go to Narita, not Haneda).


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