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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 1, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | February 01, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 1, 2016

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Boeing’s Fortunes Tied to Success of 737 MAX
Boeing’s new 737 MAX took to the skies for a successful first flight last Friday. The model is already Boeing’s most popular plane ever with over 3,000 orders, which, according to Bloomberg Intelligence, are worth a total of $200 billion. Any issues with the MAX between now and the start of deliveries could be very costly to the plane maker.

Opposition to New Heathrow Runway Complain about Lack of Information 
The government has been trying to decide how to proceed with much-needed expansions at London’s airports. Groups that are opposed to the expansions have been saying that planners are purposely being vague so that they can avoid controversy until the projects are approved.

Emirates Still at Odds with U.S. Airlines
U.S. legacy carriers have been claiming that Emirates and its Gulf-based peers have been unfairly competing on major international routes. Delta, American and United are behind a lobbying group called Partnership for Open and Fair Skies that seeks to protect their market share on these routes. Emirates, meanwhile, claims that it is doing nothing wrong. 

Is Melbourne Replacing Sydney as Australia’s Air Hub? 
Thanks to a high number of flights from around the Asia Pacific, Melbourne is seeing a lot more international traffic at its airport. It now gets around 30 percent of Australia’s international arrivals, while Sydney, which once dominated this area, now gets about 35 percent of Australia's total overseas fliers.


The government in India has said that it cannot dictate airline prices, but it will “request” that the country’s airlines pass some of the savings from cheap fuel prices on to passengers. 

Turkish Airlines is looking forward to moving into its new “house” - a planned third airport in Istanbul. The city’s main hub, Atatürk Airport, is near capacity. Turkish would be the main tenant at the new airport, which CEO Ilker Ayci said would have an annual capacity of about 90 million when it is completed.  

Chicago has agreed to build a new runway at O’Hare International. The project was announced yesterday. American and United Airlines had pushed for the upgrade, which will cost an estimated $1.3 billion and will be completed in 2020.  

Investors and airlines are excited about airlines’ 2015 profits possibly foreshadowing big gains in 2016. The IATA is optimistic, but not overly exuberant, about the coming year. The international aviation body has said that it expects the industry as a whole to enjoy “steady” profits in 2016


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