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Fliers Want Supersonic Jets to Return: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 21, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | April 21, 2016

Fliers Want Supersonic Jets to Return: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 21, 2016

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

A New Survey Says 97 Percent of Brits Want Supersonic Air Travel
Booking site carried out a survey about supersonic air travel. 97 percent of respondents wanted some sort of Concorde-like jet option, and three fourths said they would take more trips if it took less time to get to where they wanted to go.

Wizz Air To Fly into Gatwick
Wizz Air will begin flights from Bucharest to London Gatwick on June 18. The Hungarian carrier already flies to London Luton three times per day.

Australian Airlines Improve On-Time Performance
Australian carriers had struggled with sticking to their schedules, but things are getting better now. 86 percent of flights arrived on time in March. That is up from the long term average of 84 percent.

Which Airports Have the Best Landing Views
Malta International Airport supposedly has the best approach and landing views of any airport in the world. Nine other scenic hubs also made the top ten list.


A Virgin America gate agent in Houston is bringing some lighthearted fun to what is otherwise one of the worst parts of air travel. The agent, known by his Imgur alias Rootbeer1, posts funny messages on gate-side boarding signs. These include movie quotes, funny antidotes about traveling with children and references to Harry Potter (“Have a good flight, muggles”).  

Southwest Airlines is launching a number of new routes to smaller markets in the United States. These include flights from Saint Louis to Des Moines and Wichita and from Chicago Midway to Flint, Grand Rapids and Dayton.   

Troubles are continuing for the new Airbus A320neos. Deliveries scheduled to be made to Norwegian Air have been delayed by two to three months because additional tests are required for the planes' Pratt & Whitney engines. 

Southwest Airlines earned $511 million in the first quarter, which is a record for the Houston-based carrier. Low fuel prices and improved seat-mile figures helped to bring about the successful first quarter.  


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