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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 7, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 07, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 7, 2016

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Malaysia Airlines Ends Bizarre Checked Baggage Ban
Just a day after it announced that it was continuing to ban checked baggage on flights to continental Europe because of weight restrictions and “strong head winds,” Malaysia Airlines has said that passengers headed from Kuala Lumpur to Europe will now be able to check baggage like usual.

Japan Has The World’s Most Punctual Airports
According to the OAG Punctuality League, which measures performance of both airports and airlines, both Tokyo Haneda Airport and Osaka Itami Airport have the best on-time percentages for large and small airports, respectively.

India Steps Up Security At Major Airports
After a report claimed that India’s main airports were vulnerable to terror attacks because of a lack of security, the country's hubs are beefing up screening procedures. Passengers can expect a second round of frisking and extra shoe and bag searches.

Emirates Adds Second Flight To LA 
Because of the popularity of its daily service from Dubai to Los Angeles, Emirates has announced that it will be adding a second flight next summer.


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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