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The Force Awakens on British Airways: Airline Pulse News and Notes for Feb. 26, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | February 26, 2016

The Force Awakens on British Airways: Airline Pulse News and Notes for Feb. 26, 2016

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TAP Announces Passenger-Sharing Deal with JetBlue
TAP Portugal recently announced plans to start two new services: from Lisbon to Boston and New York JFK. The Portuguese carrier has also made a deal with JetBlue that will allow both airlines to sell connecting seats on each other’s flights. This means that passengers could fly all the way to Portugal from anywhere that JetBlue serves with a single ticket.

American Airlines Upgrades Heathrow Lounge
American Airlines is continuing its global lounge renovations with a $3 million upgrade to its AA Arrivals lounge in London Heathrow. Qantas will also be constructing a new lounge at Heathrow for business and first class passengers.

South African Low-Cost Carriers Want to Merge
South African low-cost carrier FlySafair has said that it would like to buy fellow LCC Mango from its parent company, South African Airways. The government, which owns a majority stake in SAA and Mango, recently said that it was no longer interested in retaining ownership of the four airlines that it currently controls.

Air France-KLM Profits Stuck in Egypt
Air France-KLM has asked Egypt to release more than $13 million in revenue that it has been trying to get since last October. The money is still in the country because of an acute dollar shortage. This has been a problem in Egypt since the 2011 uprising.


Icelandic LCC WOW Air is launching five new flights per week between Reykjavik and Dublin. Introductory fares start at €69 one-way. The airline currently flies to the Irish metropolis three times per week.  

A government-funded study has found that Canada should seek foreign investment to help upgrade its air travel infrastructure. The study, commissioned by the previous government, says that a lack of competition in the transportation sectors has led to slow growth.  

British Airways will be the first airline to show the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, as part of its in-flight entertainment package. The movie will be shown on long haul flights starting on March 1.  

Some current and former American Airlines pilots are suggesting that the airline’s cockpit crew members should consider joining a larger union like the Air Line Pilots Association. AA’s pilots actually left the ALPA more than 50 years ago, but rejoining would give them more clout, according to those who back the move.  


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