Weekly Airline News Roundup – Mounting Tension


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This week brought with it what feels like mounting tension from both the nature and nurture sides of life. The biggest story this week is certainly the unrest in Egypt and the impact it is having on the rest of the world (including the airline industry). With yet another mixed precipitation weather event this week, we also saw thousands more flights cancelled across the country (again).

In other news this week, airlines are adding fuel surcharges to offset the rising price of oil, the likes of which is threatening to erase airline profits. Unrelated, the IATA says passenger traffic is up 8.2% in 2010.

A New Zealand airline is grounded for false records, a Chilean court suspended the LAN-TAM merger and a report says that there need to be radical changes to the New York Metro airports to alleviate congestion, including additional runways. Also this week, airline stocks are under pressure after investor BlackRock reduced its shares of Brazilian airline Gol Linhas SA and news surfaced this week that the pilot fatigue rule may complicate the pending FAA bill.

In an interesting game of musical chairs (or rather planes), Republic Airways is adding Frontier jets to Delta service, and Emirates launched service to Iraq this week, sweetening our friendship with them (Buffalo to Basra anyone?). And, on a brighter note, airlines end a mostly down decade with profits in 2010.  It ain’t over til the fat-bellied plane sings!

This week at JetBlue we sucked up to Mother Nature to please chill out with all the wacky weather (while working diligently to deice, dig out, and get our Customers from point A to B).

We also opened our 31st cargo station at Jacksonville International Airport, announced daily nonstop service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Fort Lauderdale, and polled our friends and family for what this week’s storm should be called (SNOWtorious BIG won). We’ve got classy readers.

We were also nominated by FlightGlobal for the best airline viral video of 2010 (vote early and often!), launched a 10th Anniversary swag sale, and honored Black History Month.

As always, safe travels and have a great weekend. Thanks for reading!