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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 28, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 28, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 28, 2016

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Wizz Air Expects High Profits This Year Despite Ryanair's Romanian Base 
Despite a sluggish end to 20215, Hungarian low cost carrier Wizz Air has increased its profit projections for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Expectations for net profits for the year were upped from €190-€200 million to €200-€210 million. That’s good news, especially considering the announcement of Ryanair’s new base in Romania, which is right in Wizz’s backyard.

China Eastern Plane’s Wing Slashed During Collision
Two China Eastern planes clipped wings while taxiing at Shanghai's Hongqiao International. Both aircraft were evacuated, and one had a badly damaged wing tip. Luckily none of the passengers on either plane was injured.

American Airlines Pilots Spot Drone While Landing in Miami
The pilots of an American Airlines flight from Chicago O’Hare to Miami International reported that they spotted a drone near their flight path as they came in to land. They did not take evasive action and were able to land, but felt that the unmanned aircraft was close enough to their flight path that the incident should be reported to the police.

Queenstown Looks To Night Flights To Boost Tourism
Air New Zealand has announced that it will begin nighttime flights to the resort and adventure sports destination of Queensland. The new service should increase the number of tourist arrivals by 30-40 percent. The Queenstown hub is in the middle of an $18 million runway lighting upgrade.


Hainan Airlines has just launched a new service from China to LAX. The Chinese upstart is also expanding into Canada, with flights from Beijing to Calgary starting this summer

For the second time in a week, a Jet Airways flight from New Delhi to Kathmandu, Nepal had to be evacuated due to a security scare. Police told the media that both incidents were due to anonymous bomb threats. 

Together, Belfast's two airports, Belfast International and George Best Belfast City Airport saw an impressive seven million passengers in 2015. Things should get even better in 2016. Ryanair will be setting up a base at Belfast Int'l and Aer Lingus is fully settled in at Best. 

Moscow's three airports had a bad year in 2015. Together Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo Airports saw a 10.7 percent drop in the number of passengers compared to 2014, which was also considered a sluggish year for international air travel in Russia.  

After hundreds of cancelations on Tuesday, Newark is finally getting back on track following the worst winter storm in decades. The airport only had a handful of cancellations and delays on Wednesday.  


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