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Monday Midday Must-Reads

-JetBlue Airways appears to be the first U.S. airline to start its regularly scheduled flights to Cuba. The airline will launch nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Santa Clara, Cuba on August 31 with fares starting at $99, USA Today reports. American Airlines and Silver Airways have also announced their initial schedules for Cuba but those flights don’t start until after JetBlue’s first flight.

-Boeing predicts that the airline industry will need to hire 617,000 new pilots, 679,000 maintenance technicians and 814,000 flight attendants in the next 20 years. In a Los Angeles Times article, the airplane manufacturer said the largest growth is in Asia where air traffic is growing by six percent a year.

-Southwest Airlines chief executive Gary Kelly told the Dallas Morning News that the computer outage earlier this month was a challenge the Dallas-based carrier has never faced in its in history. On July 20, a router failed causing thousands of flights to be canceled, interrupting summer travel plans for thousands of customers. “What’s unique is the partial failure, it’s never happened,” he said. “This isn't a drill you can run.”