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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 19, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 19, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 19, 2016

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New Canadian Airline Postpones Ticket Sales
Canadian low cost carrier NewLeaf was supposed to take off in February. However, the Canadian Transportation Agency is still reviewing its licensing regulations and the launch may be postponed. People who have already bought tickets through NewLeaf’s web site are getting refunds and will have first chance at rebooking when the licensing is complete.

American Airlines to Launch O’Hare-Sacramento Service
American Airlines is re-launching direct daily flights between Chicago O’Hare and Sacramento 14 years after stopping the same service. American will compete on the route with United. Southwest flies to Sactown from Chicago Midway.

More Women Finding Their Way Into The Pilot’s Seat 
Only 3 percent of then world’s commercial pilots are female. The number seems to be growing, however. More women, including former Miss Thailand Chananporn Rosjan (pictured), are becoming commercial pilots. In India, meanwhile, a full 15 percent of all pilots are female.

Viastra Proves That Premium Carriers Can Succeed Too
India’s newest carrier, Viastra, turned one earlier this month. The airline, co-owned by Singapore Airlines and Tata, has served a million passengers in its first 12 months and developed a reputation for on time performance


AirAsia’s long-haul arm, AirAsia X, has announced that it is resuming flights to India. The Malaysian low-cost carrier opted out of its Delhi and Mumbai routes in 2012, citing high costs are India’s airports. Flights to Delhi will begin again on Feb. 3. 

Ukraine will review the security of the computer systems used at airports after a recent cyber attack. Malware was detected in the computers at Kiev Airport last week. The malicious program was allegedly sent from a server in Russia.    

Virgin Australia’s new terminal in Perth is getting rave reviews. The “T1 Domestic Pier” has the kind of sleek design you’d expect from one of the world’s hippest airlines, and it is also quite user-friendly too. 

Despite its seamless merger with US Airways, American Airlines did not perform as well as expected on Wall Street. Like low-cost-carrier Spirit, American's stock was considered undervalued for most of 2015.  

Workers at Seattle Tacoma International joined striking cleaners and baggage handlers at eight other airports. The employees at this particular airport have a real reason to protest: SeaTac has a $15 minimum wage for food and hospitality workers, but the airport's main contractor, Menzies Aviation, and Alaska Airlines have yet to adopt the pay scale. 


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