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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 8, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 08, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 8, 2016

These are the airline stories taking off on the internet today.  

Surinamese Airline The Least Safe In The Americas
Suriname-based airline Blue Wing only received one star (out of seven) on the annual AirineRatings safety report. The other nine one-star carriers were all from Indonesia and Nepal.

Struggling Great Lakes Airlines To Lay Off Workers
Regional carrier Great Lakes Airlines is laying off mechanics and ground staff at some airports as it continues to struggle with new FAA regulations. The carrier, which flies Beechcraft 1900s turboprop planes, has been struggling since a 2013 FAA rule requiring co-pilots to have as much flight experience as pilots forced them to cut back their cockpit staff. Great Lakes is currently asking the FAA to make an exception to the rule so that they can begin operating at full capacity once again.

Greek Airline Apologizes After Removing Two Israeli Arabs From Flight
Greek carrier Aegean Airlines has apologized after it removed two men with Israeli travel documents from an Athens-Tel Aviv flight. A group of passengers on the flight said the pair "looked like terrorists.” The men, later identified as an Israeli Arab and a Palestinian with permanent residency in Israel, were removed from the flight, but put on another plane after their documents were re-checked.

Denver Airport Donates Unused Food To Needy
Denver International Airport has a new program that will deliver unused food from its terminals’ restaurants and food courts to people in need. Prepackaged food, nonperishable items and pre-made meals are delivered to shelters and food banks in the city.


Kenya is hoping to see direct flights to and from the U.S. by May of this year. Delta recently dropped plans for nonstop service to Nairobi because of security concerns. The US carrier may revisit these plans, while Kenya Airways is also looking into the possibilty of direct service.  

Many airports in the U.S., including Washington Reagan and New York Laguardia, will close their pre-security-clearance lobbies and baggage claim areas at night. The reason: dozens of homeless people have been using these spaces to sleep during the winter. 

Emirates Flight Catering Facility in Dubai makes almost 200,000 meals per day. The warehouse-size kitchen even has a mile-long monorail that is used to carry the food to planes once it is ready.  

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz is said to be recovering after he received a heart transplant on Wednesday. The 57-year-old exec suffered a heart attack in October and has been on leave ever since. According to experts, Munoz may be able to return to work in 1-3 months if his recovery goes well. 


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