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JetBlue Mints a new experience

JetBlue Airways does what it does best with its new Mint premium product – offer customers a better experience at often-cheaper prices than its competitors. The New York-based carrier takes its ethos of unlimited blue chips, animal crackers and ample legroom throughout a previously all-coach cabin to the premium market with Mint. With lie-flat seats, […]

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Inside United’s first E175s

United Airlines’ new Embraer 175 took to the skies between Chicago O’Hare and Washington National on 17 May, the first route of many with the dual-class aircraft. “It’s a new era,” says Sandra Pineau-Boddison, senior vice-president of United Express at the Chicago-based airline, at an event in Chicago on 19 May. United will add two […]

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How much is a slot at Washington National worth?

Slots at the some of the USA’s most popular airports rarely come up for sale, with mergers or similar deals often being the only time when they do. With this the case, it is far from surprising that JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and Virgin America scrambled to buy some of the 86 slots that American […]

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Hawaiian to Jetstar: you don’t scare me

Hawaiian Airlines is confident that the Brisbane-Honolulu market can support two carriers, even when the second carrier is the Australian low-cost giant Jetstar Airways. “I don’t think… we’re concerned about that,” said Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive of Hawaiian, responding to questions on whether Brisbane could turn into a second Fukuoka with the entrance […]

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Remembering United’s Executive One on Earth Day

US presidents have cruised around the world on a dedicated aircraft since at least the 1940s, with a customised Boeing 747-200 doing the job since 1990. But one modern president flew commercial. President Richard Nixon flew on regularly scheduled United Airlines flight 55 from Washington Dulles International to Los Angeles International airport flown by a […]

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American’s concentrated A319, 777-300ER and E175 networks

Want to spot a legacy American Airlines Airbus A319? Head to Dallas/Fort Worth where the type remains almost exclusively based since its introduction to the carrier’s fleet at the Texas airport last year. The network for the type has varied little from what American outlined prior to its introduction of the aircraft in September 2013, […]

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Does Ex-Im credit support really hurt US airlines?

“There is no financing advantage that is given to a foreign carrier over a US carrier,” says US Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) president Fred Hochberg. “That is simply an erroneous argument.” Hochberg was responding to claims by Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) that Ex-Im’s loan guarantees for widebody Boeing […]

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PICTURE: Embraer rolls out United’s first E175

The first Embraer 175 bound for United Airlines rolled out of the factory in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, on 12 March. The aircraft is also the first E175 enhanced variant, which boasts 6.4% lower fuel burn than the base E175 and includes a new winglet and aerodynamic clamps. Utah-based regional carrier SkyWest Airlines plans to […]

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New York’s $5.6bn plans for LaGuardia and Newark airports

It looks like the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) is ready to finally move forward with some much needed terminal upgrades to New York LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports. The operator budgeted $5.6 billion for a new central terminal at LaGuardia and a new terminal A at Newark in its proposed […]

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Delta chief Anderson looks beyond volatility

“It’s a volatile industry,” says Richard Anderson, chairman and chief executive of Delta Air Lines, on the ups-and-downs of the airline industry in the January-February issue of Airline Business. “The question is what you do about your business model to buffer and make the enterprise successful regardless of the volatility of the marketplace,” he continues. […]

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