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AA Changes 24-Hour Airfare Hold Policy: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 1, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | April 01, 2016

AA Changes 24-Hour Airfare Hold Policy: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 1, 2016

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American Airlines Will No Longer Let Passengers Hold Reservations for 24 Hours
American Airlines will stop the practice of letting passengers lock in fares for 24 hours without putting any money down. American will switch to the model that most other airlines use: offering a refund for flights canceled within 24 hours. They say this is actually a positive move because it will limit confusion.

American Airlines Plane Took Evasive Action to Avoid Drone.
The FAA has made public an incident involving a drone that happened last fall near Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport. An American Airlines flight had to take evasive action to avoid a drone that it encountered at 3,500 feet.

Delta Makes 96-year-old An Honorary Flight Attendant.
Delta Air Lines partnered with charities that help seniors fulfill their dreams to make a 96-year-old woman named Clem Ferguson an honorary flight attendant. She attended regular training classes and was given an honorary pair of wings at the end the sessions.

Chinese Airlines Offering Huge Pay Bump to Pilots
China’s air travel industry is growing, but it does not have enough qualified pilots to fill its cockpits, so airlines are looking overseas. A number of pilots from South Korea are headed to China to fly after getting contracts that will pay them twice as much as they could earn flying for Korean carriers.


Southwest will add more flights from Long Beach Airport in June. The low cost carrier will use its four new slots to fly to Oakland four times per day. Southwest’s competitor, JetBlue, has a large presence in Long Beach, so this could be the beginning of a rivalry at the airport. 

Boeing predicts that air travel will really take off in Latin America in the next two decades. The manufacturer projects fleet sizes in Latin America to triple by 2035 as demand rises.  

KLM will trial a biofuel mixture on 80 flights between Amsterdam and Oslo. The route will be flown by Embraer E190s, and the fuel will consist of 47 percent biofuel and 53 percent standard jet fuel. 

The European Union wants law enforcement officials in Europe to share intelligence and information with airports so that they can be aware of any potential threats. 

JetBlue will add its premium Mint class to more flights in the near future. The carrier has been adding the service, which includes better food and lie-flat seats, to routes including Boston-Barbados. It will start offering Mint on other routes in the fall. 


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