Last updated: 11:20 AM ET, Mon December 14 2015

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 14, 2015

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | December 14, 2015

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 14, 2015

Pilot Writes Absence Notes for Students After 20-Hour Delay
A pilot for EasyJet airline wrote absence notes for 32 passengers after their flight was delayed for 20 hours due to fog. Of the 32 notes, 31 were for students and one was for a teacher who also needed to explain the absence.

Airbus Says Lufthansa Will Get New A320neo Airplane First
While it was believed Qatar Airways was to receive the first delivery of the Airbus A320neo single-aisle plane, Airbus Group SE announced that in fact Lufthansa will be the first company to receive the new aircraft.

Close Encounters Between Drones and Manned Aircrafts Climbing
Unmanned drones have become a major problem for airlines recently, and a new report suggests that there are over 320 recorded instances of the drones posing a hazard to manned aircraft over the last two years.

Missouri Airport’s Passenger Numbers Down 76 Percent
Branson Airport in Missouri is struggling in 2015 after it went a full year without any service from a "mainline" carrier. The report claims passengers numbers are down 76 percent compared to the same period in 2014.


Airline industry insider Brian Sumers has compiled a list of nine last-minute December travel deals that anyone looking to get away should consider.

Many people have a genuine fear of flying, but Yahoo’s Sid Lipsey has a great breakdown of why travelers get nervous and possible remedies.

American Airlines is not making friends with NASCAR star Danica Patrick after she was forced to check her bag because it was deemed too big.

Nantucket-based Island Airlines has abruptly shut down after 24 years of serving the resort island. The closure also includes Cape and Islands Air Freight.


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