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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 6, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 06, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 6, 2016

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Etihad In Court To Fight For Disallowed Code-Sharing with airberlin
A German court revoked approval for code-sharing flights operated by airberlin and Etihad. Etihad is back in court to try to get that ban overturned, claiming that the previous decision was only meant to protect Lufthansa at the expense of airberlin.

Malaysia Keeps Ban On Checked Luggage For Some European Flights
Malaysia Airlines recently instituted a rather strange ban: it did not allow people to check baggage on long haul flights to Europe. The reason was that weight had to be minimized because of longer flight paths and strong head winds. The ban has been lifted for flights to Heathrow, but is still in place for other routes in Europe.

Spirit's Stock Is Up After CEO Change
Spirit Airlines, which goes by the ticker symbol SAVE on Wall Street, has a new CEO. Investors responded positively to this news yesterday, as the airline’s stock was up 6.9 percent after the announcement. SAVE shares had been falling since early 2015.

Turkish Airlines Suspend Flights To Russia
Two Turkish airlines, Pegasus Airlines and Onur Air, ceased all flights to Russia after Moscow began requiring special visas for flight crews from Turkey on Jan. 1. The new rule is part of the sanctions imposed by Russia after Turkey shot down one of its jets late last year.


Several major U.S. carriers have decided on the first fare increase of the year. Delta, American, Virgin, JetBlue and United will all raise fares by $6 on round trip tickets. 

Spirit Airlines will offer free flights to people who want to go on the airline’s inaugural flight between Baltimore and Orlando on Jan. 7. The winners will be drawn just two hours before the plane takes off.   

China Southern and Virgin America have inked a code-sharing deal for flights between China and the US. This will allow Chinese travelers to reach more US cities and Americans booking through Virgin to fly to more secondary cities in China.  
ANA will buy three Airbus A380s that it will use in an attempt to compete with JAL on high-traffic routes between Japan and Hawaii. JAL currently dominates this particular market. 

China will allow passengers on three major carriers to stop over in Taiwan. People from the PRC are allowed to visit Taiwan, but until now, they have not been allowed travel on to other destinations afterwards. This is another step in thawing relations between the two nations. 


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