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Norwegian Stocking Up on Dreamliners: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 26, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | May 26, 2016

Norwegian Stocking Up on Dreamliners: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 26, 2016

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Chase Adds Airline Partners to Ultimate Rewards Program
Chase has added new airlines to its Ultimate Rewards program. Qualified cardholders can transfer their points from their card account to Air France/KLM’s Flying Blue program at a ratio of 1:1. This means they will get full value for transferred points on all 36 Flying Blue partners.

Long Beach Airport Gears Up for Summer
Long Beach has yet to be hit by the long security lines that have plagued other airports in the country. The Southern California terminal is now gearing up for a busy summer season with JetBlue and Southwest adding flights. Airport officials have advised passengers to arrive at least 60-90 minutes before departure.

French ATC Strike Even Affecting Overseas Territories
Air traffic controllers in the French territory of New Caledonia are striking just like their peers in Europe. This could totally disconnect some of the territory's outlying islands, which are only connected to the capital, Noumea, by air.

TSA Vows to Keep Short Lines in Salt Lake City
While security checkpoints wait times are getting out of hand at some airports, Salt Lake City’s screening process has been relatively quick. TSA is promising to keep it that way by adding extra staff for peak hours and deploying canine teams to help with screening.


Norwegian is looking to expand its fleet of Boeing Dreamliners. The long-haul carrier has just signed a deal to lease two more 787s by 2018. It now has 10 Dreamliners in operation, 32 on order and an option to purchase 10 more from Boeing. 

Embraer has filed a complaint against Bombardier with the WTO. The Brazilian manufacturer is accusing its Canadian competitor of getting unfair support from the Quebec government. If the accusations are true, Bombardier's actions would be illegal under WTO rules. 

Hawaiian Airlines pilots picketed outside Honolulu International Airport yesterday, a week after voting to allow their union representatives to call a strike if contract negotiations stalled. According to the airline, the union wants a 52 percent increase in total compensation during the first year of a new agreement. 

Starting on June 1, United Airlines will offer a complimentary in-flight snack on international flights lasting 12 hours or more. It also promises to improve breakfast service on overnight flights to Europe. 


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