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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 14, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 14, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 14, 2016

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Competition Increasing for Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand is seeing increased competition on important routes out of Auckland. Low fuel prices have encouraged AirAsia to start service from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur via Australia's Gold Coast. AirAsia’s introductory fares on the Auckland-Gold Coast route are $99. ANZ’s cheapest for the same route are $242.

Qatar Airways Threatens to Leave Oneworld
Qatar Airways has threatened to leave the Oneworld alliance if fellow member American Airlines continues to push for revised air treaties that would curb Qatar’s growth and make it harder to expand in the Americas.

Hawaiian Has ‘Big Plans’ for Maui Routes
Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mike Dunkerley has said that new interisland service will be coming to Maui thanks to the airline’s order of short-haul aircraft. The newest member of the fleet, Airbus A321neos, will bring more capacity to interisland flights and will also allow Hawaiian to serve smaller markets on the mainland.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Expects Growth Now That American-USAirways Merger is Complete
Because it will be seeing more traffic from American Airlines flights this year, Phoenix Sky Harbor expects to break its current record for the number of passengers in a year. The current mark, set in 2007, is 42.2 million.


The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight has led to the discovery of a shipwreck. Australian searchers using sonar scanners located the ship, believed to be from the 19th century, or the floor of the Indian Ocean. 

Frontier Airlines has said that it will focus on expanding into “overpriced routes.” The low-cost carrier says it will be able to offer much cheaper service than its competitors on routes like Austin-Orlando. 

LOT Polish Airlines has launched its first new long-haul flight in four years. The carrier will operated three weekly flights between Warsaw and Tokyo Narita. Overall, LOT plans to add 15 new routes this year. 

United and Delta want a U.S. court to throw out an anti-trust lawsuit. The suit claims that an agreement between Delta and United to lease landing slots to each other at Newark and JFK will hurt competition. 

Ryanair is trying to ally itself with a long haul carrier that can act a a feeder airline for its most lucrative European routes. The Dublin-based LCC has been in talks with TAP and Norwegian, among others. 

Guatemala’s main airport in Guatemala City has reopened following protests by airport employees over lack of pay and recent layoffs. The airport was closed for about three hours. 


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