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Norwegian Heads to Boston: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 5, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | April 05, 2016

Norwegian Heads to Boston: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 5, 2016

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Bermuda Getting More Flights
Bermuda is becoming a hot destination for airlines. Both American and JetBlue are adding services to the island. AA has just launched daily flights from Philadelphia to Bermuda’s LF Wade International.

Frontier Performs Poorly in Airline Quality Report
A respected annual airline quality report from the University of Wichita’s School of Business and the College of Aviation at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University was critical of Frontier Airlines, which fell in its rankings because of a series of problems with customer service. These were due to a less-than-perfect new computer system and the outsourcing of some gate jobs.

Norwegian Begins Boston Flights
Norwegian Air Shuttle has begun flying to Boston for Europe. The low-cost long-haul airline now offers five weekly flights from London Gatwick to Logan. It also has weekly flights, each Saturday, from Oslo International.

Nepal’s International Arrival Numbers Falling
For the first time in 13 years, the number of year-on-year international arrivals at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport has fallen. The number of overseas visitors dropped more than 8 percent. Nepal has had a series of deadly air accidents that have led to questions about safety. 


Drones are still a problem for the commercial air travel industry. The FAA reported nearly 600 drone sightings in restricted airspace between Aug. 21, 2015, to Jan. 31, 2016.  

What do investors think about Alaska Air Group’s acquisition of Virgin America? Fitch Ratings has added the Seattle-based carrier to its Rating Watch Negative list after it announced its purchase of Virgin America. The reason for this move: Alaska will have to absorb additional debt from Virgin. 

Lufthansa will begin flying to Brussels again this week. By the end of the week, the German airline will have four daily flights from its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. However, it has also announced the cancellation of more than 50 flights to the Belgian city for the week.  

Jetstar Japan is continuing to add international routes. The low-cost carrier has begun service from a second airport in Japan to Manila. Nagoya-Manila flights will run four times per week. Jetstar has begun to add international routes as competition on the domestic market heats up. 


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