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Spirit's Earnings Beat Expectations: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 27, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | April 27, 2016

Spirit's Earnings Beat Expectations: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 27, 2016

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Spirit’s Earnings Beat Expectations
Spirit Airlines has been improving steadily since new CEO Robert Fornaro took the helm at the beginning of the year following a year where the carrier saw profits plummet because of poor unit revenue numbers. Those losses seem to be slowing now, and the airline posted positive overall revenue and net income numbers when it published its Q1 balance sheets.

JetBlue Takes Delivery of First American-Made Airbus
The first Airbus A321 built at a new Mobile, Alabama plant has been delivered to JetBlue. The $600 million facility was opened in September 2015. There are currently nine other aircraft being built at the facility.

Hawaiian Celebrates Two Years of Service to Beijing
Hawaiian Airlines is beginning its third year of service to China’s capital city with a new promotional push and enhanced cabin amenities. In the first year of the service, the number of Chinese visitors to Hawaii grew by 29 percent (with an additional 12 percent bump the following year).

Changi Is The Easiest Airport for Self-Connecting
More people are self-connecting, which means they are flying on two or more separate tickets instead of a single itinerary. Doing this can be very difficult at some airports, but it is reportedly extremely easy at Singapore Changi. This is good news for fliers because the airport is becoming a hub for low cost carriers as well as major international airlines.


Despite Brazil’s struggling economy and the Zika virus scare, LATAM has a “moderately positive outlook” for 2016, according to chairman Mauricio Amaro. The airline’s profits were hurt by weak South American currencies, but the exchange rates seem to have stabilized this year. 

Leisure airline Thomas Cook is expanding its base in the city of Birmingham. The carrier will start offering flights to sun-and-sand destinations like Las Palmas this winter. It will also expand service to other destinations in the Canaries and Balearics and launch new flights to Naples, Faro and Malta next year.  

The UK’s transport minister Robert Goodwill has said that the unidentified object that hit a British Airways flight earlier this week was probably not a drone as first reported. Goodwill would not confirm what hit the Airbus A320 last Sunday, but he suggested that it was probably a floating plastic bag that got caught in an updraft.  

Thanks to high demand, Qantas has added more flights from Sydney to Dallas Fort Worth. The Australian airline will now provide daily flights between the two cities. It previously flew the route six days per week.   


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