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Salt Lake City Airport Keeps Smoking: Airline Pulse News and Notes for Feb. 17, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | February 17, 2016

Salt Lake City Airport Keeps Smoking: Airline Pulse News and Notes for Feb. 17, 2016

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Salt Lake City Airport Will Keep Its Smoking Rooms Open 
Salt Lake City International will remain one of the last airports in the United States to have designated smoking rooms. The bill sent to the state legislature would have closed the rooms, but it was surprisingly defeated as politicians voiced concerns about overstepping their bounds and infringing on fliers’ freedoms.

United Airlines Continues PGA Sponsorship Deal
United Airlines has added six years onto its sponsorship deal with the PGA. It will continue to be the “official airline” for the PGA tour, the Senior Tour (now called the PGA Champions Tour) and the Tour, the PGA's minor league circuit.

Boeing Still Confident about Orders from Asia
Despite slowing performance and falling demand, Boeing is confident that the orders from Indian and Southeast Asian airlines that are already in the pipeline will not be canceled or delayed. 

Southwest and United Both Eyeing Cuba Routes
Business has been slow at Houston’s airports. This is one hub that has been hit hard by slumping oil markets. Both Southwest and United have said that they are eyeing routes to Cuba and that Houston is the obvious departure point and a good alternative to American and JetBlue’s South Florida bases.


Air Canada will drop its twice daily flights from Toronto to New York JFK. This will leave the Canadian flag carrier without any routes between Toronto and the New York hub. It will instead focus its operations on LaGuardia and Newark.  

Boeing will soon be producing 12 787 Dreamliners per month (they currently make 10 per month). Demand is good, and the company’s plant in South Carolina will now begin making 787-10s, a longer version of the popular ultra-modern jet.  

United Airlines has taken several steps forward in its employee relations recently. However, tensions between the airline and its mechanics has been simmering since 2010, when United merged with Continental. Mechanics rejected a recent contract offer from United and are now talking about striking

Minneapolis Saint Paul International has created a new oversized security checkpoint to deal with long lines. The new 10-lane TSA checkpoint should cut wait times to under 15 minutes. Now, passengers wait 20-25 minutes on average at security, but wait times are sometimes as long as an hour during peak travel hours.  

Executives from Thai LCC Nok Air did not show up for a meeting with Thai airline authorities because their pilots suddenly staged a strike, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded. The flash strike was in protest of new auditing rules that are meant to bring Nok up to European safety standards. 


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