In an effort to avoid “costly [public relations] and litigation,” United Airlines will open a Digital Operations Center at its Chicago headquarters to more effectively monitor social media, message boards and other online channels, the carrier told employees in a recent note.
Air Canada said it opposes improvements to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport that would permit Porter Airlines to operate Bombardier CSeries aircraft from the facility, arguing the airport should continue allowing only turboprop operations.
[UPDATE April 2: The threatened strike by pilots at Allegiant Air has been put on hold following a US District Court decision on April 1 to issue a temporary restraining order]. Pilots at Allegiant Air announced they plan to strike on April 2 even though they were not authorized to walk off the job by the National Mediation Board (NMB), a move that could ground more than 250 flights, officials at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) said.
Allegiant Air filed suit on March 30 against its pilot union in federal court in Nevada to prevent an “imminent strike among Allegiant’s pilots,” which the airline fears would “have a significant impact on Allegiant and its customers.”
Struggling to secure slots from the Chinese government, United Airlines has asked the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for a 60-day extension to start a second daily San Francisco (SFO)-Shanghai flight.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is licensing a new technology that allows airports to track rideshare drivers, including ones from popular companies Uber and Lyft, to ensure they’re paying proper fees when accessing airport roadways.
Florida-based ultra-low-cost carrier (LCC) Spirit Airlines is confident it can compete effectively with Frontier Airlines in Atlanta while not taking too much share from Delta Air Lines, a Spirit executive told ATW.
Although WestJet Airlines continues to explore the possibility of flying widebody aircraft to emerging markets in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, the carrier still believes it can make money by launching new service to Europe, despite considerable competition on many key routes.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirmed this week it is exploring altering the 1,500-mile perimeter rule at New York LaGuardia Airport, but most US carriers said it is too early to consider what could mean for their networks, with one exception: Virgin America.
Air China is seeing slight a slot drop in premium cabin corporate traffic to North America, but has made up for it with a “surge” in paid travel from individuals, including for first class, the airline’s top US executive told ATW.
Calgary-based WestJet Airlines’ regional subsidiary WestJet Encore has received all required approvals to fly to the US, a move that should open new markets the carrier has been unable to serve, allowing it to more forcefully compete with Air Canada, company executives said.
US airlines expect that FAA will allow a five-year “grace period” for full compliance with the agency’s 2010 mandate that carriers’ aircraft be Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out capable by Jan. 1, 2020....More
Airbus, aiming to become a “major” player in A350 aftermarket support, is poised to announce its first long-term agreement with an A350 customer and is in talks with several more, a company executive said....More