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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 12, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 12, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 12, 2016

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United's Q4 Revenue Down Because Of Paris Attacks
United Airlines earnings did not meet expectations in the fourth quarter of 2015. The November attacks in Paris certainly hurt demand in the short term. Lower fuel prices have allowed United to lower its fares to compete with budget carriers, but this practice has meant that it has not been able to realize larger profits.

Delta Now America’s Second Largest Carrier
Delta passed United Airlines to become the second largest carrier in the U.S. in terms of traffic. It is now only behind American Airlines, which became the largest carrier after it merged with US Airways.

New Air Service Aims To End Sydney-To-Melbourne Gridlock
A new subscription-based flight company will make it easier for frequent fliers to get from Sydney to Melbourne. The service, Airly, will operate 54 flights per week between Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra on eight seat turbo-prop planes. “Members” will pay about $2,500 per month for unlimited flights.

Singer Says Airline Destroyed His Instruments... Twice
Australian singer/songwriter Jon English has complained that Virgin Airlines baggage handlers broke his instruments not once, but twice, at Sydney airport. Virgin has announced that it would investigate the incidents and then, if necessary, change its policy on handling instruments.


Delta was the most punctual airline during the busy December travel season. 80.9 percent of its flights were on time. The North American on-time average was 77.4 percent.  

Asiana will launch a new low cost brand called Air Seoul. It received official approval for the airline just before the new year. Air Seoul will be Asiana’s second LCC after Air Busan. Both airlines will operate short-haul flights out of their namesake cities.  

It is the latest example of large airlines buying up-and-coming competitors: Japan’s ANA has bought an 8.8 percent share in Vietnam Airlines.

China will invest billions of dollars in new airports and expansion projects this year. The Civil Aviation Administration of China has announced plans for 11 new airports and as many as 52 expansions. 

Scotland’s airports had a good year in 2015. Edinburgh saw 11.13 million passengers and Glasgow had 8.71 million (one million more than they had in 2014). 

Looking for cheap fares? Denver International had the cheapest fares, on average, amongst the 15 busiest airports in the U.S. The average fare at the high-traffic hubs in the US was $406 (measured during Q2 lasy year). Denver’s average was $337. 


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