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Frontier’s Delay Troubles Are Back: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 17, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | May 17, 2016

Frontier’s Delay Troubles Are Back: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 17, 2016

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Does AA Still Have Too Much Debt? 
After investing in new planes and upgrades at airports, American Airlines has become profitable. It also has created a large amount of debt compared to its closest competitor, Delta. Delta owes $6.7 billion, while AA is saddled with $21.7 billion in debt.

Frontier Regresses in On-Time Arrival Efforts
Frontier Airlines had showed a lot of improvement in recent months. It seemed like the airline had put its dismal delay and cancelation record behind it. Apparently, that is not the case. After finishing fourth in on-time percentage in January and February, the airline fell to ninth in March.

American Airlines Will Retire Older Planes Sooner Than Expected
American will accelerate the retirement of some of its oldest fleet members. A group of Embraer E190s used by U.S. Airways will be phased out over the next three years, as will some of the airline’s older Airbus A330s and Boeing 767s.

Southwest Now Top Airline in Pittsburgh
With 30.4 percent of the passenger traffic in March, Southwest has now become the most active carrier at Pittsburgh International. It beat out American Airlines, which carried 28.6 percent of Pitt’s fliers.


American Airlines has said that as many as 450 passengers missed their flights because of long TSA lines at O’Hare last week. The airline is now trying to get involved by providing employees to help with non-security tasks at TSA checkpoints at the Chicago airport.  

Increases in maintenance and fuel costs could threaten JetBlue’s recent momentum. The carrier is hoping that its relatively new premium class service, Mint, can offset some of these increasing operational expenses.  

Next month, Britain will vote on whether or not it will leave the European Union. Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary has said that if the UK exits the EU, his airline could cut its significant investments there. Ryanair flies approximately 40 million British passengers annually and has a large base at London’s Stansted Airport. 

Over the past weekend, Frontier Airlines launched seven new routes. The biggest increase in service is from San Antonio. Frontier added flights to Atlanta, Denver, Philadelphia and Las Vegas from the Central Taxes hub.   

American Airlines will still display connecting flight information on seat back screens, but it will stop making PA announcements about connecting gates on its flights starting today. The information is also available, of course, to any flier with a smartphone.  


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