Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 7, 2016
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Malaysia Airlines Ends Bizarre Checked Baggage Ban
Japan Has The World’s Most Punctual Airports
India Steps Up Security At Major Airports
Emirates Adds Second Flight To LA
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Delta Airlines may have added “basic economy” to its planes, but it has also added something to make flights more bearable. The OMG. I Can Meditate! program is now a part of the carrier's in-flight TV offerings. The meditation exercises include "Relaxing in the Clouds," "Blanket of Love," and "Dealing with Anxiety."
A Ukrainian businessman is suing Russia at the International Court in the Hague. Igor Kolomoisky, one of Ukraine’s richest people, claims that Russia’s support of the conflict in Crimea caused his company to be unable to operate a passenger terminal at Sevastopol International Airport, which would be a violation of an investment treaty between Russia and Ukraine. The agreement is still in effect despite the annexation of Crimea.
Lufthansa is offering discounted flights to Europe this winter. A major sale, which runs through February 19, includes flights from US cities to a number of European destinations for as low as $539 round trip.
Alaska Airlines has announced that it will run test flights using a new biofuel later this year. The fuel, an alcohol-based concoction made from different plant materials, was created by Colorado-based Gevo Inc.
One of the world’s most profitable carriers, Etihad, announced that it is investigating a possible data breach involving information collected during a 2013 promotional campaign. According to Gulf News, the breach affects a “small number” of members from the carrier’s frequent flier program.
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