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MSP To Become Delta's Second-Largest Hub: Airline Pulse News and Notes for June 2, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | June 02, 2016

MSP To Become Delta's Second-Largest Hub: Airline Pulse News and Notes for June 2, 2016

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JetBlue’s Latest Flash Sale Ends Tonight
JetBlue’s latest two-day flash sale ends tonight. This sale’s deals includes flights from NYC to Bermuda for $79, a $59 flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas, and a $119 fare for one-way flights from New York to Orlando.

Fernandes Dismisses New Value Alliance 
AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes has said that he does not feel threatened by the new Value Alliance, which includes a number of smaller Asian low-cost carriers. Fernandes let his thoughts be known in no uncertain terms. telling reporters "Value Alliance isn't going to compete with us. Let's be real.”

United Still Expanding in China
United has added more flights to China than any other U.S. based airline. The carrier has already started flying to the Central Chinese city of Xian, and it will launch service to another non-hub city, Hangzhou, later this summer.

Delta Starts MSP-Rome Flights
Yesterday, Delta Air Lines began seasonal service between Minneapolis-Saint Paul and Rome. This comes on the heels of the recent launch of summer flights to Iceland from MSP. Because of these added summer flights, Delta expects the Minnesota airport to become its second busiest hub, after Atlanta, this summer. It will take the second spot from Detroit Metro. 


American Airlines will bring back the practice of giving winged pins to young fliers. The airline stopped doing this about 10 years ago, but its recent image revamp has led to the popular practice being reinstated.  

Alaska Airlines will cut the foreign transaction fee on its Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card, effective June 1. In addition, new cardholders will get 30,000 bonus miles when they spend the qualifying amount during the first months of their membership. 

The pilots’ union for American Airlines will hold runoff elections at the end of the month after no candidate received a majority of the vote during the latest round of ballot casting. The Allied Pilots Association will select both a president and vice president during the next round of voting on June 30. 

South Africa’s Police Services have said that the heavy traffic coming through the country’s main airports has made it easier for drug smugglers to get drugs in. Police have said that they will try to crack down on this practice. 


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