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AeroMexico’s Great LAX Deal: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 29, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | March 29, 2016

AeroMexico’s Great LAX Deal: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 29, 2016

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Air France Delayed Ad Campaign after Brussels Attacks
Air France had been running a new ad campaign in the United States and was scheduled to begin airing commercials in its home country on the day of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. The ads were pulled from U.S. channels and the campaign was halted in France. However, it was not canceled. Ads will run starting today.

Delta’s Virgin Atlantic Ownership Proving Successful
Delta now owns 49 percent of Virgin Atlantic Airways. Virgin had been struggling for the past few years, but it returned to profitability in 2014 and also posted profits last year as well. Its earnings were modest, but they do show that Delta has had a positive effect in Virgin’s boardroom.

AeroMexico Offering $320 fares to Ecuador from LAX
Both AeroMexico and Copa Airlines are offering $320 round trip fares from Los Angeles to Quito, Ecuador. Tickets must be booked by April 3 for travel by the end of June.

El Al Posts Impressive 2015 Profits
Israel’s flag carrier, El Al, has posted impressive profits for 2015. The airline earned $106.5 million last year, a huge improvement over 2014, when it lost $28 million.


JetBlue has announced that it will be expanding its current code-sharing agreement with Azul Brazilian airlines

Ryanair has officially launched its long-anticipated four-times-per-day service from Belfast to London Gatwick. The airline will operate as many as seven other routes from the Northern Ireland capital before the end of 2016. 

The air travel market in Vietnam is getting more crowded. Upstarts VietJet and Jetstar Pacific have created a very competitive marketplace and taken a domestic monopoly away from Vietnam Airlines. Now a fourth airline, Vietstar, is seeking approval from aviation authorities to operate routes in Vietnam and throughout Southeast Asia. 

Some airports, including Atlanta and Los Angeles International, want stricter background checks for drivers who take passengers to the airport for ride-sharing companies like Uber. Uber has said that its own background checks are sufficient to weed out criminals and potential terrorists. 

Las Vegas McCarran International has surpassed the passenger numbers that it put up prior to the 2008 slump. Its ever-increasing list of services includes flights by Norwegian Air from as far away as Copenhagen. 


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