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Will Tampa Get Any Cuba Flights? Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 4, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | March 04, 2016

Will Tampa Get Any Cuba Flights? Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 4, 2016

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Review Finds Canadian Airports Lacking
A panel of experts have completed a review of Canada’s airports, and the results were not flattering. Despite paying some of the highest security fees in the world, Canadians still had to wait at checkpoints for longer than their counterparts in other countries.

Honolulu Airport Spends $1 Million to Upgrade Signage
Honolulu Airport is getting some sleek new signage that comes with a rather high price tag. The airport is in the midst of a $1 million project to change all of its arrival and departure listings into LED displays. This is actually part of $2.7 billion effort to upgrade all the state’s airports.

Emirates Introduces New Business Class Seats
Emirates has announced that it is ready to introduce its new business class seat. The seats will have a 72-inch pitch and will be able to recline to a totally flat (180 degree) position. The seats will be officially unveiled at ITB Berlin next week.

Tampa Hoping LCCs Get Havana Flights
U.S.-based airlines have now applied for the 20 daily slots allotted for flights to Havana. Many want to fly from Florida, but only three — Silver Airways, JetBlue and Southwest — have plans to offer service to the Cuban capital from Tampa. The low level of interest has Tampa worried that it may not have any service to Cuba once flights start taking off from U.S. soil.


Singapore Airlines will close its deal to take over Tiger Airways today. The flag carrier will then be able to delist the struggling LCC and use it and other recent acquisitions to compete with the successful Gulf carriers and Southeast Asia's powerful low-cost carriers.

Pilots engaged in contract negotiations with Southwest Airlines could use the airline's orders for the new 737 MAX as a bargaining chip. Though 737s are the backbone of Southwest’s fleet, the current agreement that pilots are working under does not include flying the MAX.

Korean low cost carrier Jin Air has released a web drama called Mister Park Is on Vacation to promote travel in the Southeast Asian destinations that it serves.

Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer has announced strong profits despite a potential loss from the bankruptcy proceedings involving Republic Airways, which flies a number of Embraer jets.


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