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TAP to Codeshare with JetBlue: Airline Pulse News and Notes for June 6, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | June 06, 2016

TAP to Codeshare with JetBlue: Airline Pulse News and Notes for June 6, 2016

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United Will Not Yet Compete with Delta’s New IFE Offerings
Delta Air Lines has announced enhanced in-flight entertainment offerings including free movies, but United is not jumping to copy its competitor. A spokesperson for United has said that the airline will not move immediately to match Delta’s new free offerings.

Both Delta and United Mentioned as Avianca Suitors
Panama-based Avianca Airlines is reportedly up for sale. Though the airline has only admitted that it is planning to get extra capital by selling shares, United and Delta have been mentioned alongside other airlines and investment groups as candidates for buying Avianca outright.

Shenzhen Planning Three New Airports
The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen is planning three new airports, one commercial, one for helicopters and one for seaplanes. The new commercial airport, which is in the early stages of planning, could make the city a major international hub on par with neighboring Hong Kong.

Airlines Want Global Emission Regulations
The IATA has said that it wants to create global regulations that would force airlines to pay for the carbon that they emit. The idea is to create a level playing field where all airlines are required to pay the same carbon taxes.


TAP Portugal and JetBlue have signed a codeshare agreement for flights from Lisbon to both Boston and New York. The deal will allow TAP to access JetBlue’s US network for its 30 weekly flights from Portugal to the United States. 

Frontier Airlines has signed a hiring agreement with two regional carriers. Pilots from both Silver Airlines and Great Lakes Airlines are eligible for Frontier’s pilot training program. The Denver-based airline expects to hire 25 percent of its pilots from this regional pipeline.

Swiss Airlines has upgraded its order with Bombardier. The airline, which is owned by Lufthansa, will upgrade part of its order for CS100 jets to the larger CS300 variant. 

Qatar Airways has officially canceled its first Airbus A320neo order because of delays caused by the plane’s engine troubles. The airline has said that it will not seek compensation for the delayed delivery and still expects delivery of Airbus A350s scheduled for later this year. 



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