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Low-Cost Carriers Band Together: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 16, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | May 16, 2016

Low-Cost Carriers Band Together: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 16, 2016

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Norwegian Air Adds Two New U.S. Cities
Norwegian Air began two new routes last week: Copenhagen-Boston and London Gatwick-Oakland. The LCC already serves six American destinations from Copenhagen: Los Angeles, New York JFK, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas and Orlando. Norwegian’s other Gatwick-U.S. flights include Los Angeles, New York JFK, Fort Lauderdale, Boston and Orlando.

Canadian Carriers Perform Poorly in Latest Survey
Overall, North American airlines performed well on this year’s J.D. Power and Associates Airline Satisfaction Survey. However, Canadian carriers lagged behind the pack. Air Canada scored lower this year than in 2015, finishing above United Airlines, but below American and Delta. WestJet finished well below average in the low-cost-carrier category, scoring 723 (the average was 775).

World’s Largest Plane Lands in Australia
The Antonov An-225 Mriya, the world's new largest airplane, landed in Perth after taking off from Prague and stopping at various airports in the Middle East and Asia. The Mriya has 32 landing gear wheels, six engines and twin tails. It is specifically designed to carry heavy cargo loads.

Judge Orders Midway to Allow Southwest Pilots’ Billboard
A federal judged ruled that Southwest Airlines pilots could place a billboard at Midway Airport to protest their lack of a contract during an upcoming conference of the airline’s shareholders. City officials had previously decided to ban the sign under a rule that barred political advertising.


On May 26, Delta Air Lines will start direct service from Detroit to Munich. Because of the high number of connections (175 in Europe alone) in the German city, this will further open up the continent to fliers from the Michigan city.  

Asia has a new airline alliance. The Value Alliance consists of low cost carriers from the region. The members are Scoot Air, Tiger Airways, Vanilla Air, Tiger Airways Australia, Nok Airlines, NokScoot, Cebu Pacific Air and Jeju Air.  

Boeing was able to deliver more airplanes than Airbus in March. The European manufacturer delivered 47 narrow-body planes and 10 wide-body craft. Boeing delivered one fewer narrow-body craft (46 in total), but 25 wide-body planes.  

Burbank Bob Hope Airport will be getting a name-change. The L.A.-area airport will no longer use the name of the famous comedian, Instead, it will be called Hollywood-Burbank Airport.   


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