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Delta's new Caribbean Service: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 10, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | March 10, 2016

Delta's new Caribbean Service: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 10, 2016

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Do American and JetBlue Want to Monopolize Cuba Flights?
American Airlines and JetBlue were the most aggressive airlines when it came to applying for flights to Cuba. Together, the two airlines have requested more than the number of available slots for Havana. Both carriers have a heavy presence in Florida, where demand for flights to Cuba will be the highest, so they may get more than their share of slots.

Alaska Airlines Contractor Fined for Unsafe Working Conditions
Alaska Airlines and its baggage handling contractor Menzies Aviation have been fined for an unsafe work environment by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries. The contractor has been at the center of a wage controversy. Only recently did Menzies agree to pay its workers a $15 minimum wage required by Seattle.

Southwest Passenger Numbers Up in February
Southwest Airlines saw its passengers numbers for February rose by more than 13 percent in February (compared to the same month last year). However, fliers probably didn’t notice because the load factor (how filled the aircraft is) dropped slightly because the airline now has more routes.

Delta Announces New Dominican Service
Delta is launching a new service to the Dominican Republic city of Santiago from Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson. The flights, which will operate weekly (on Saturdays), come with a price tag of around $600, round trip.


Singapore Airlines has added the first Airbus A350-900 to its fleet. A small ceremony took place at the Airbus plant in Toulouse. Singapore has said that the new A350s will give it the opportunity for more long-haul nonstop flights around the globe. 

Using all-female flight crews was a popular trend on International Woman’s Day. Few airlines embraced the idea as much as Aeromexico, which operated nine all-female flights on March 8

Cathay Pacific finally announced its 2015 financial performance, and it was worth the wait for investors. The airline said that its net income rose by 90 percent in 2015 compared to 2014. The impressive performance was due to the perfect storm of low fuel prices and rising demand. 

LATAM, meanwhile, lost $219.2 million during 2015. The reason had little to do with the airline’s overall performance. The weak Brazilian real hurt the airline’s bottom line. 

According to Delta, Bombardier may be struggling to sell its CSeries because the planes are just too high tech. The extra engineering comes with higher price tag and also the need for increased maintenance. 


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