Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 3, 2016
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Air Astana will be getting a major boost from a new code-sharing deal with Air France/KLM. The Kazakh carrier will begin code sharing its Paris-Astana flights March. It will also move to a more centrally-located space at Charles de Gaulle Airport.
WestJet had a worse-than-expected quarter. The Canadian carrier was hurt by the flagging economy in Alberta. The province is struggling because of low oil prices, and fewer people are flying as a result.
Vietnam Airlines has been losing ground in the domestic market as low cost carriers offer cheaper flights around the country. To counteract this, the flag carrier has promised to establish a separate budget wing that will compete with upstart VietJet on short haul domestic routes.
Mexican carrier Interjet is moving into the U.S. marketplace with twice-daily flights between Dallas Fort Worth and Mexico City. The service will start March 3. Interjet already flies to a dozen international destinations and 37 cities in Mexico.
A French construction firm, Vinci, is negotiating to renovate and operate two airports in Iran. The deal was part of the high-level discussions that took place during Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s recent visit to Paris.
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