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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 15, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 15, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 15, 2016

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Westjet And Aeromexico Agree To Code-Share Deal 
The new deal between the Canadian carrier and Mexico’s largest airline will make it easier for Mexican travelers to reach cities throughout Canada and for Canadians to get to Mexico. The two airlines will code share on flights between Mexico City and the hubs of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

Denver Airport Gives Nod To Peyton Manning’s “Omaha!” Signal 
To get psyched up for Sunday’s NFL playoff game in the Mile High City, someone got creative with the arrival and departure boards at Denver Int'l. An exclamation point was added to listings for Omaha. “Omaha!” is a well-known signal called by Denver Bronco QB Peyton Manning.

American Airlines Seeks Approval For Deal With LATAM 
American Airlines is seeking regulatory approval after agreeing to a joint venture partnership with South American carrier LATAM. The deal would protect both carriers from anti-trust laws, and it would pave the way for more flights from the U.S. to South America.

Airports Continue To Remind Drone Owners About Laws 
Police in towns near Boston Logan are making an effort to educate new drone owners on the restrictions of flying their crafts near airports. It is a crime to fly a drone weighing more than 0.55 lbs within five miles of an airport without prior approval.


A German appeals court has decided to allow Etihad to operate code-sharing flights with airberlin. Another court had previously ordered these flights to stop because it said they did not follow the rules set out by an air travel treaty between Germany and the UAE. 

We will have to wait an extra month to see a new “world’s longest flight.” A planned Dubai-Panama City service, which would be in the air for 17 hours and 35 minutes, is on hold until March 31 so that Emirates can have more time to get approval for a code-sharing deal. 

London Gatwick set a new passenger record in 2015. 40.3 million people used the airport during the year. The secondary hub is using its success to push the government to approve its expansion plans. 

Now that their competitors are offering in-flight WiFi, Australian carriers Qantas and Virgin Australia may be pressured into offering the same service on their airplanes as well. 

Before it resumes flights to Egypt, Russia wants the North African country to agree to let Russian security personnel have control of all stages of security at airports whenever Russian tourists are traveling. That is unlikely to happen, though Egypt has significantly improved security with new equipment and procedures now in place.  

Singapore Airlines and Tigerair will waive fees for anyone who wants to change their tickets to Jakarta. The decision was made after yesterday’s terror attack in the center of the Indonesian capital. 


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