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AA CEO Says The Worst Is Over For Airlines: Travel Pulse News and Notes for June 15, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | June 15, 2016

AA CEO Says The Worst Is Over For Airlines: Travel Pulse News and Notes for June 15, 2016

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Lufthansa Very Slow With Refund
After being promised a refund for a canceled ticket, a Lufthansa passenger was told that he would have to wait eight months for the airline to review whether or not his ticket was canceled during the 24-hour free cancelation period. Lufthansa offered a refund after travel journalists contacted the airline.

Alaska Introduces New Seasonal Flight
Alaska Airlines is launching a new summer flight to its namesake state. The airline will fly from Anchorage to Spokane weekly between June 11 and Aug. 27. This is the first time that an airline has connected the two cities.

United Pushing Transpacific Routes
United Airlines is competing hard on transpacific routes. Its new Boeing Dreamliners will be taking to the skies for flights to New Zealand and secondary cities in China this year. The Chicago-based carrier recently started the longest flight by a U.S. airline (to Singapore).

United To Show New Polaris Class in Chicago
After its big reveal in New York, United Airlines will show its Polaris business class cabin to people in its home city of Chicago. The new class will start appearing in United’s wide body fleet towards the end of this year.


American Airlines CEO Doug Parker thinks the worst is over for the airline industry. He says that airlines will still have good years and bad years, but the bad years “will just be less good than the good years." 

Air Canada Rouge has started service between Vancouver and Dublin three times per week. The airline will face no direct competition on the route. Two routes from Toronto, to Budapest and Glasgow, were launched shortly after the Dublin flight took off.

Virgin Atlantic CEO Craig Kreeger has said that he believes that Norwegian Air’s new services to the U.S. will lower fares. He said that he is aware that Norwegian has major growth plans and  he admits that “we need to take them very seriously.” 

Airline stocks have fallen significantly early in the week. The main reasons for the drop in share prices were the terror attack in Orlando and the bombing at Shanghai Pudong Airport. These incidents have travelers and investors on edge even though only one took place at an airport. 


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