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Disgraced United Exec Gets $37 Million Severance: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 4, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | May 04, 2016

Disgraced United Exec Gets $37 Million Severance: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 4, 2016

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London Airports Could Stop Using ’Stacking’ System
In an effort to reduce congestion in London’s skies, Nats, the organization in charge the UK’s air traffic control, has proposed a new circling pattern that would end the infamous “stacking” technique. Under the new proposal, planes would line up in a straight line instead of circling over one another while slowly descending in a corkscrew pattern.

American Airlines Brings New Chefs to Improve In-Flight Catering
American Airlines is hiring new chefs to help design its in-flight menus. The cooks include Maneet Chauhan, who opened the celebrated restaurant Vermillion in Chicago, and Mark Sargeant, a well-known Michelin-starred chef from England.

Former United CEO Gets $37 Million  
Former United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek, who left the airline in disgrace after it was discovered that he was trading favors with the New York Port Authority, will receive a severance package worth about $37 million. It includes a lump sum cash payment, bonuses, free flights, a car and other privileges.

Tight Security Measures ‘The New Norm’ in Brussels
The departure area at Brussels airport is now open. However, increased security, including checkpoints at the entrances, has meant that passengers have had to arrive at least three hours early for their flights. Even with this lead time, some have still complained about missing their plane because of the security.


WestJet reported a quarterly drop in profits for the first three months of 2016. The Canadian carrier has suffered from a drop off in the country's once-lucrative oil industry. 

JetBlue is advertising fares as low as $40 for its latest flash sale, which will end at midnight (ET) tonight. Fares examples include $99 from New York JFK to Fort Lauderdale or Jacksonville and $64 from Hartford to Lauderdale.   

A court has approved Delta’s deal with bankrupt Republic Airways. Delta will give $75 million to Republic to “support its restructuring plan." The return of some of Republic’s planes was also approved.   

Air Canada began service between Toronto and Washington Dulles on Monday. The flag carrier will fly the route three times per day.  


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