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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 20, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 20, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 20, 2016

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Bird Strike Causes Major Damage To Air Namibia Flight
An Air Namibia A319 was hit by a large bird while landing at Windhoek Airport. No one was hurt, but a rather big hole was ripped into an underbody panel of the plane. There is no word on what species the now-deceased bird belonged to, but it must have been very large.

Hawaiian Celebrates Five Years Of Flights To Korea
Hawaiian Airlines began flying to Seoul, South Korea five years ago. It has now carried more than half a million passengers to Honolulu and helped to more than double the number of Koreans who come to Hawaii (from 81,758 before the service began to 178,091 in 2014).

Air Malta Does Not Want To Become A Low-Cost Carrier
Despite rumors to the contrary, Malta’s tourism minister insists that the flag carrier is not considering a budget airline business model. Minister Edward Zammit Lewis did say that Air Malta is in talks with other airlines about creating a “strategic partnership." He would not name the potential partners.

Norwegian Boss Eyes Partnership With Ryanair
The CEO of Norwegian Air, Bjoern Kjos, has said that he is willing to cooperate with other European LCCs, including Ryanair, so that his airline can focus on developing its already-profitable long-haul routes.


Despite a falling number of Chinese tourists, Cambodia’s three international airports expect a record amount of traffic in 2016. Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siam Reap are all projecting year-on-year growth to top seven percent.  
Delta Airlines will no longer allow larger pets to fly with their owners. Instead, they will be flown in the cargo hold. United Airlines has a similar policy. 

JetBlue is expanding its code sharing agreement with Hawaiian Airlines. The deal will allow the low-cost carrier to offer service to Hawaii from many of its East Coast destinations. Passengers will fly JetBlue to the West Coast and then hop on a Hawaiian flight to get to the islands. 

Slovenia has sold government-owned Adria Airways. The airline was bought by an investment fund from Germany. 

British Airways and Iberia owner IAG has said that it may lease Airbus A380s instead of buying them, even though it already has options to purchase. Leasing would help the company keep its costs down, even if it meant letting the options expire.   


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