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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 4, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 04, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 4, 2016

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American Airlines Merges Operations With US Airways
The merger was inked in 2013, but, in practice, the combining of AA and US Airways is still happening. As of December 30, 2015, US Airways ceased to exist as a separate entity. Operationally, the two carriers are now one, at least on paper.

Allegiant Airliner Had To Make Emergency Landing in Tennessee
For the second time in recent days an Allegiant jet had to make an unscheduled landing. This time, an Orlando-Cedar Rapids plane made an emergency landing in Tennessee after passengers complained of a strange smell in the cabin. The plane landed safely and there were no injuries.

United Launching More Flights to the Caribbean
United has announced new flights to some of the Caribbean’s less-well-served islands. The airline has already begun Newark-Saint Kitts flights and flights from both Newark and Chicago to Saint Lucia. Chicago also recently got a weekly United flight to Grand Cayman.

The Fastest Airport Wi-Fi Might Not Be Where You Think
A new survey has found that Bangkok’s secondary airport, Don Mueang International, has the fastest Wi-Fi speeds of any hub on earth (42.22 mbps). Six other airports in Thailand cracked the top 20. In the U.S., Little Rock’s Clinton National Airport had speeds of 36 mbps.


Delta Airlines saw profits in 2015. Now, its pilots want their share. The pilots’ union has asked for a raise of 22 percent in 2016 (with additional pay jumps in the following years). 

According to the web site Travel Math, Montana is a great place to fly. The state had three airports in the top 10 of the site's "best airports" survey. The reason: because of light traffic, Montana’s hubs have great on-time performance.  

Many people unwrapped new drones on Christmas. Utah is reminding novice owners not to fly their craft near airports. Drones can’t be within three miles of the state’s airports unless they have prior written authorization. 

Despite struggling with ongoing labor disputes, Lufthansa has announced a major wave of new hiring in 2016. The German airline plans to hire 4,000 new employees this year. 

China’s major airlines participated in the country's first auction for landing slots (at Guangzhou Airport). The auction, which is supposed to increase transparency in the industry, was dominated by Air China, China Southern and Hainan Airlines. 

After a tough year, airlines in insular Southeast Asia are expected to see growth in 2016. AirAsia and Malaysian Air both had to deal with the aftermath of air disasters in 2015, but projections suggest that more people will be taking to the skies in Malaysia and Indonesia in 2016.  


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