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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 22, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 22, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 22, 2016

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United To Give In-Flight Treats To Mileageplus Elites
Top-tier members of the United Airlines MileagePlus loyalty program will now get a premium snack on domestic flights. This will go along with the complimentary cocktail that these frequent fliers already get.

Amsterdam Schiphol Close To Cargo Record
Amsterdam Schiphol came close to breaking the record for the most cargo throughput at an airport. It handled 1.6 million metric tonnes (1.78 million tons) in 2015 and has plans on streamlining and increasing its cargo capacity in the coming year.

United Upgrading Fleet With 40 New 737s
United Airlines will attempt to update its short-haul fleet by purchasing 40 Boeing 737-700s. The aircraft will replace some of the older models the carrier uses for domestic flights.

Saudi Arabia To Privatize All Of Its Airports
Saudi Arabia has announced that it will start privatizing its airports as part of its efforts to improve its air travel infrastructure. In the mean time, the Kingdom is expanding its major hubs. By 2020, the country’s airports will have a combined capacity of 100 million.


Oman may soon join the low-cost carrier industry. The country wants to follow the lead of its Arabian Peninsula peers and focus on the airline business instead of only on oil. Oman is planning to launch a budget airline that would serve Africa, Europe, Central Asia and the Gulf.   

Thai Airways was saved from a European ban, but it is still struggling when it comes to impressing investors. Thailand’s flag carrier has cut its operating costs and improved its finances, but its shares are still falling

Turkey is offering fuel subsidies to airlines who fly to its five most popular tourist destinations. After a spate of bombings, including one that killed 10 German tourists in Istanbul, the country’s tourism industry is in danger of losing a huge number of international visitors in 2016.  

IndiGo is still going strong after its IPO late last year. The budget carrier leads all airlines in the domestic market in terms of number of passengers served. More than one third of all domestic fliers in India travel on IndiGo. 

Canadians are scaling back their travel plans because of their country’s comparatively weak currency. The slow down is even being felt across the border at Bellingham International Airport in Washington. The number of Canadian fliers who cross the border to fly has dropped significantly recently.      


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