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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 18, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 18, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 18, 2016

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Iran Expected To Buy Airplanes After Sanctions Lifted 
The world’s major airplane manufacturers were not allowed to sell airliners to Iran because of economic sanctions. Now that the ban on business has been lifted, Iran is expected to buy as many as 500 planes over the next decade.

Passengers Evacuated As Newark’s Aging Monorail Grinds To A Halt 
Passengers had to be evacuated after the monorail at Newark International lost power on Sunday. Then the unlucky riders had to use maintenance walkways to get to the next stations on foot. The 20-year-old monorail has malfunctioned frequently in recent years.

Europe Complains As US Delays Approval For Cork-Boston Service 
The European Commission is saying that the U.S. is ignoring the 2007 Open Skies agreement by delaying approval for a new service from Cork, Ireland to Boston. The service, operated by a subsidiary of Norwegian Air, has given rise to complaints among U.S. airlines, and the approval process has stalled.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa Performed For Delta Passengers En Route To The Golden Globes 
Rapper Wiz Khalifa will release a new album this week, but some passengers in the first class cabin of a Delta flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles were treated to a preview. The tattooed performer, who was on his way to the Golden Globe awards, shared a few of his unreleased songs with his fellow first-classers.


When it comes to pets, not all airlines have the same policies. Fees for flying with Fido vary from $50-$200, though some airlines simply treat pets as excess baggage and charge accordingly. 

Turkish Airlines had to cancel more than 200 flights over the weekend as snow and high winds hit the two airports in Istanbul, Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen  

A flight from Honolulu to Maui was forced to make an emergency landing when the cargo-hold smoke alarm went off. The airline suspects that an e-cigarette in someone’s checked baggage was to blame. That could spell trouble for whoever packed the device; it is illegal to carry e-cigarettes in checked baggage because of the potential fire hazard.  

Heavy snow is snarling airport traffic in Japan. Tokyo has seen several inches, but some areas in northern Honshu have had more than a foot of accumulation. JAL and ANA have already scrubbed dozens of flights at Aomori, Hamamaki and Sendai airports.  


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