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Virgin America Begins Denver Service: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 18, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | March 18, 2016

Virgin America Begins Denver Service: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 18, 2016

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Virgin America Begins Denver Service
Virgin America started flights from San Francisco to Denver on March 15. The airline will fly the route 20 times per week, directly competing with United Airlines, Southwest and Frontier.

Frontier President Gets a Promotion
The owners of Frontier Airlines have been happy with the work done by the airline’s president, Barry Biffle. They are officially promoting him to President and CEO (though he was effectively already doing the work of a CEO since former chief David Siegel left last year).

AA Pilots Still Worried about ‘Toxic Culture’ after Meeting CEO
After meeting with American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, the airline’s pilots have said that they are still concerned about the “toxic culture” that has made it difficult for them to deal with middle management. According to the pilot’s union, Parker charged COO Robert Isom with the task of working out a deal with the pilots.

Alaska Airlines Adds Orange County Services
Alaska Airlines subsidiary Horizon Air announced the launch of two new flights from Orange County’s John Wayne Airport. The carrier will fly daily to Charles Schultz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa and Reno Airport in Nevada.


Norwegian Air CEO Bjorn Kos has said that he expects that his airline’s dispute with U.S. regulators will most likely end up in arbitration. Norwegian’s Irish subsidiary has been waiting for more than two years to gain permission for flights to the U.S.  

Icelandair has started flying from Chicago O’Hare to Reykjavik/Keflavik. The year-round service is the flag carrier’s fifteenth route in the United States. The airline will face no direct competition on the route.  

Lufthansa has announced that it earned impressive profits last year despite the tragic crash of one of its Germanwings planes and disputes with employees. Net profits were €1.7 billion (US$1.9 billion) in 2015.  

According to data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, fliers are finding cheaper and cheaper airfares on key competitive routes as legacy carriers try to challenge low cost airlines.  

Qatar Airways, which has been trying to expand in the United States, also has its eye on India. The airline’s CEO has publicly said that he wants to purchase a stake in successful Indian budget carrier IndiGo


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