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World's Worst Airline Tries to Improve: Airline Pulse News and Notes for Feb. 19, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | February 19, 2016

World's Worst Airline Tries to Improve: Airline Pulse News and Notes for Feb. 19, 2016

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U.S. and Japan Reach Deal for Flights to Haneda
American carriers will be offering daytime flights to and from Tokyo Haneda airport after the U.S. and Japan reached a deal on Thursday. Each U.S. carrier will have five daytime slots. The airlines were previously limited to red-eye slots and were not able to establish a profitable operation at the airport as a result.

San Diego Getting More Flights This Summer
Competition is heating up at some of the secondary airports in Los Angeles, but San Diego is drawing more airlines as well. Alaska Airlines will fly to the Southern California city from San Jose three times per day, and Southwest will offer direct flights from Milwaukee. There is a special offer for the Wisconsin route: $139 one-way if booked before Feb. 25.

World’s Worst Airline, Air Koryo, Wants to Improve
North Korea’s flag carrier, Air Koryo, has been called the world’s worst airline by Stytrax. According to North Korean media, it has a plan to improve. Its ancient Russian-built Tupolev aircraft, propaganda-heavy in-flight entertainment, and mystery-meat sandwiches leave a lot to be desired, but since few people travel to North Korea, Koryo already has one thing going for it: no long lines at the airport.

Dubai-Auckland Will Be The World’s Longest Flight, But Not The Fastest Option for Many
Emirates’ Dubai-Auckland service will take off in 10 days. It will be the world’s longest flight, but not necessarily the fastest option for European’s traveling to New Zealand. From Heathrow, Singapore Airlines, stopping in Singapore, and British Airways, stopping in Hong Kong, will make the ultra-long-haul flight in under 24 hours. It will take Emirates exactly one day to fly from the U.K. to N.Z. via Dubai.


Delta has said that it is “disappointed” that the U.S. decided to make a deal with Japan to allow American carriers access to Tokyo Haneda Airport. Though Delta had threatened to cut its flight from Minneapolis to Tokyo Narita, it has yet to do so, saying it will maintain its Narita hub “for as long as possible.”  

Long Beach Airport is growing in popularity. It has just given out nine new slots: four to new tenant Southwest, three two longtime presence JetBlue and two to Delta. 

Meanwhile, Southwest is interested in expanding in San Antonio. Frontier has increased its number of routes from the Central Texas hub, but some important routes have been left unserved. Southwest is reportedly interested in flying from San Antonio to places like Washington, Boston and New York. 

A system called SkyTracker has passed initial tests and could eventually be installed as an anti-drone system at airports. It uses radio frequency sensors to triangulate drones’ locations. Better yet, it can also be used to pinpoint the drone pilot’s location as well.  

British Airways is going to great lengths to accommodate passengers who suffer from nut allergies. The carrier will ask people sitting near allergy sufferers to refrain from eating nuts during the flight.  


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