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Frontier Making New Hires: Airline Pulse News and Notes for Feb. 25, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | February 25, 2016

Frontier Making New Hires: Airline Pulse News and Notes for Feb. 25, 2016

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Norwegian Puts Ireland-Boston Route on Hold
While it waits for U.S. regulators to debate the merits of letting it fly into New England, Norwegian Air’s Irish affiliate has decided to delay its Cork-Boston flights. The five-times-weekly service was supposed to start in May, but that launch date is no longer possible because the U.S. DOT still hasn’t given approval.

Frontier Hiring 150 New Flight Attendants
Frontier is doing well in Denver. The airline recently announced that it is hiring 150 new flight attendants at the Rocky Mountain hub throughout this year. Hirings will take place monthly, and anyone who is at least 21 years old and has a valid passport can apply.

Graffiti Artists Decorate Hawaiian Airlines Service Vehicles
Hawaii-based street artists were commissioned to paint service vehicles used by Hawaiian Airlines. The artists were part of live painting events that were held during the annual POW! WOW! Hawaii art festival.

Comparing Business Class on Three Major Airlines
Dubai-based journalist Frank Kane got to sample business class on Emirates, Lufthansa and United Airlines during a recent trip to Venezuela. His take: Emirates had a slight edge over Lufthansa in terms of overall quality. United was a very distant third.


Air France-KLM has said that it will not compete with the growing number of low-cost long haul airlines who are flying between the U.S. and Europe. The flag carrier will instead focus on improving its mainline services. 

South Africa is considering merging two of its state-owned airlines, South African Airways and SA Express. If this happens, the government will also seek out minority partners to take a share of the new business.

United Airlines was planning to retire its Boeing 747s in 2020. However, the carrier may move these retirements up to 2018 if it is able to replace the aged jumbo jets by then. 

Bangkok's Don Muang Airport is now the world's busiest hub for low-cost carriers. The secondary airport in Thailand's capital saw 14.4 million passengers during the first half of 2015, and 13.4 million of them flew in on budget airlines. Don Muang handles 650 flights per day, but has the capacity to handle more than 900.  


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