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Fiji Storm Halts Flights: Airline Pulse News and Notes for Feb. 22, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | February 22, 2016

Fiji Storm Halts Flights: Airline Pulse News and Notes for Feb. 22, 2016

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Northern Florida Airport Courts JetBlue
JetBlue has a large presence in Southern Florida. Now, Tallahassee wants to get in the loop. People from the state capital often have to travel to other cities by road in order to catch flights. Tallahassee International Airport is spearheading an effort to get JetBlue or other carriers to offer direct flights, mainly to serve the large student population in the city.

Flights Canceled Because of Fiji Cyclone 
Both Jetstar and Virgin Australia have canceled flights to Fiji because of Tropical Cyclone Winston, which brought damaging winds in excess of 140 mph to the South Pacific.

American Airlines Starts Upgrading Lounges at Sky Harbor
One of three Admirals Club lounges at Phoenix Sky Harbor International has gotten an upgrade. The renovated lounge has actually been open for a few weeks, but it will be officially unveiled this week. This is one of the first examples of American’s $3 billion effort to revamp its image following its merger with U.S. Airways.

Oregon Man Has Been Living in Decommissioned Airplane for 15 Years
A man in Oregon has spent 15 years living in a decommissioned Boeing 727 in rural Oregon. He has liked his home so much that he is looking for a similar airplane in Japan so that he can have a similar setup there.


Boeing has received permission from the U.S. government to enter into negotiations with Iranian airlines. The move is important for the American airplane manufacturer. Since sanctions were lifted, Airbus has already agreed to sell more than 100 jets to Iran-base carriers.   

IATA has warned that Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport will experience safety issues if it does not perform upgrades and expand quickly. The hub is overcrowded and parts of the airport need to be upgraded because they were originally made with substandard materials. 

Santa Barbara will soon be getting direct flights from Dallas. This is big news for the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, which has seen a decline in traffic over the past few years. The new Dallas service will be flown by American Airlines, which also flies to the Central Coast destination from Phoenix. 

Southwest Airlines has agreed to a new contract with its ground workers. The deal barely passed during a recent vote by 12,000 ramp, operations, cargo and other ground workers. These employees will get a 20 percent pay increase over the next five years.  

Air Canada’s newest jets will come from within the country. The flag carrier has ordered a number of CSeries jets from the Canadian manufacturer. Bombardier recently announced that it will cut thousands of jobs because of sluggish sales over the past few years. 


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