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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 21, 2015

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | December 21, 2015

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 21, 2015

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Today Is The Last Day For Icelandair’s 96-Hour Sale
Icelandair has been offering a pre-Christmas sale on flights from the U.S. to Europe. Iceland’s flag carrier is trying to compete with Wow Air, a low-cost carrier that offers flights to Europe from the US via Reykjavik. 

Amazon Wants to Lease Cargo Airplanes
Amazon is considering leasing 20 Boeing 767s that it wants to use to gain more control over its overseas shipping network. The rumor is that the internet retailer could have its planes in the air as early as next month.

Dalai Lama Remains on “No-Frisk” List
Airports in India are increasing security by, among other things, giving more fliers pat-downs to check for weapons or other banned items. The country has decided to keep one of its most famous residents, the Dalai Lama, on the no-frisk list, even while other famous people were stripped of this special privilege.

Delta and Boeing Revive Stalled Deal
Last week, Delta and Boeing agreed to purchase 40 jets from Boeing. The agreement is smaller than one negotiated this summer that never went through. Delta’s order includes 20 737-900ERs and 20 used Embraer E190s that Boeing had purchased from Air Canada.


Canadian airplane manufacturer Bombardier is getting a much-needed boost. Its CS100 was just certified by Transport Canada. The Quebec-based plane builder has been struggling to keep up with Embraer and other second-tier manufacturers. 

Chile’s airports are back online after a four-day strike by workers caused hundreds of flights to be canceled during one of the busiest times of year. The strike was caused by a disagreement over pensions. 

Southwest Airline passenger traveling from Bob Hope Airport to Oakland were delayed when their jet hit another plane while on the tarmac. The fender bender took place in a section of the airport that is not overseen by air traffic controllers. No injuries were reported. 

Thanks to above average temperatures, rain, rather than snow, will be the culprit when flights are delayed over the busy Christmas week.  

Yet another airline has banned hoverboards. This time, it is Singapore Airlines who is joining the growing list of carriers who won’t allow you to carry on or check your trendy vehicle when you fly. There are fears that the boards are prone to catching fire.   


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