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Boeing 737 Max: Southwest, American, United flight changes vex flyers

Southwest, the largest U.S. operator of the Max, had 34 of the planes when the plane was grounded and expected to add another 41. As a result, its latest schedule change affected 200 daily flights, double the number from just a few months ago. The airline is still in the processing of notifying passengers and has contacted those booked through mid-December, spokesman Chris Mainz said. […] American planned to go from 24 Max 8s to 40. The latest schedule change impacts 140 daily flights, up from 115 a few months ago. All passengers have been notified, spokesman Ross Feinstein said. […] United expected to end the year with 30 Max 9s, up from just 14 when the plane was grounded. It had to cancel nearly 100 daily flights in November and December, compared with 70 in September. All affected passengers have been rebooked, spokesman Frank Benenati said.Dawn Gilbertson (USA Today)

Qantas Airways is testing ultra long-haul 19-hour flights to see how crew, pilots respond

For customers, the key will be minimizing jet lag and creating an environment where they are looking forward to a restful, enjoyable flight. For crew, it’s about using scientific research to determine the best opportunities to promote alertness when they are on duty and maximize rest during their down time on these flights.Alan Joyce (Qantas)

FAA finds new ‘potential risk’ in Boeing 737 Max, a setback that could delay plane’s return to the skies

The Federal Aviation Administration said that it found a “potential risk that Boeing must mitigate” during simulator testing of the software changes that Boeing has made and wants to have certified. Like the original flaw that led to the plane’s grounding, the new issue also involves the uncommanded movement of the horizontal stabilizer, the little wing near the tail that moves the plane up or down.Chris Woodyard (USA Today)

Iceland used to be the hottest tourism destination. What happened?

So why is Iceland no longer the hottest cold-weather destination? The truth is, nobody’s totally sure. But the lure of other destinations, the country’s expensive accommodations and the demise of WOW Air could all be partly to blame.David Oliver (USA Today)

WOW Air ceases operations and cancels all flights, leaving thousands stranded and angry

The fall of WOW follows months of economic struggles. In January, the airline announced it would cut its number of U.S. destinations to just four as it attempted to return to stable financial footing.Sara M Moniuszko (USA Today)

Etihad ‘restructures’ plane orders amid fiscal turbulence

Once making headlines in 2013 for fleet purchases valued at $67 billion, Etihad has seen its strategy of rapidly buying stakes in other airlines to expand its global footprint expose it to major losses. In its last two reported financial years alone, the airline hemorrhaged nearly $3.5 billion in losses. Full-year results for 2018 for the company are expected in the summer.Jon Gambrell (Associated Press)

Dubai is back at it again, ranks as the busiest international airport for another year running

The airport said on Monday that it welcomed over 89 million passengers in 2018. That’s compared to the hub seeing about 88.2 million passengers in 2017.Associated Press

Norwegian Air to fly from Miami, San Francisco; expand in Boston

London attracts a large number of business travelers, which provides greater opportunities for our competitive Premium cabin out of Miami and San Francisco. The other routes are more leisure focused and therefore more suited for Fort Lauderdale and Oakland.Anders Lindström (Norwegian Air)

Icelandair to buy budget rival WOW

WOW air has in recent years built a strong brand and enjoyed great success in the company‘s markets to and from Iceland and across the Atlantic. There are many opportunities for synergies with the two companies, but they will continue to operate under their own brands and operating approvals. The tourism industry is one of the cornerstones of the Icelandic economy and it is important that flights to and from Iceland will remain frequent.Bogi Nils Bogason (Icelandair)

New York’s JFK Airport to get 2 new terminals in $13B transformation

A $7 billion terminal on the south side of the airport will be financed and built by a partnership of four international carriers — Lufthansa, Air France, Korean Air Lines and Japan Airlines. A $3 billion terminal on the north side will be built and paid for by JetBlue. […] Another priority is improving road and transit access. More than $1 billion in public funds will be invested in new roads to ease bottlenecks and congestion. The expansion will also double capacity on the AirTrain, a rail line that carries passengers from Queens’ Jamaica neighborhood.Associated Press

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