Aviation Links: The best airline and airport stories from the past week

Here are some aviation stories I’ve enjoyed in the past week.

  • Delta’s newest 737s are arriving with slightly smaller lavatories than others in the carrier’s fleet, according to Business Insider. On an airliner, space is money. See the photo below.
  • More than 170 new LED lights at Newark Liberty International Airport are more than just lights, the New York Times reports. According to the Times, “… the light fixtures are part of a new wireless network that collects and feeds data into software that can spot long lines, recognize license plates and even identify suspicious activity, sending alerts to the appropriate staff.”
  • With United substantially reducing its Cleveland operations, Delta and Frontier are swooping in to add flights. Not many, but at least it’s something, Brett Snyder writes at Cranky Flier.
  • Brazil won’t allow Air France to fly its A380s into Sao Paulo. The reason, according to Today in the Sky and the Associated Press? The airport runway is not wide enough to accommodate the plane.
  • Starting in June, Allegiant Air will resume flight from LAX to two cities — Billings, Montana and Pasco (Tri-Cities), Washington — according to World Airline News. 
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American Airlines drops flights from Los Angeles to Newark, near New York

Now that American Airlines is under new management, I imagine this is likely the first of many schedule changes we’ll see at Los Angeles International Airport. The new leaders — led by former US Airways CEO Doug Parker and former US Airways president Scott Kirby — seem to place a premium on profitable routes. Flying routes “just because we always have” doesn’t seem to matter.

United (12 flights today) and Virgin America (1 flight) still fly this route.

Question for the audience: What city will American cut next from L.A.? What city will be added?

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