Last updated: 10:00 AM ET, Sat January 30 2016

Airlines Pulse: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 23-28

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | January 30, 2016

Airlines Pulse: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 23-28

Photo courtesy of United Airlines

It’s been a long time coming, but United Continental Inc.’s pilots just voted to extend the current contract, which means they get a 22 percent wage increase by 2018. CEO Oscar Munoz, who is currently recovering from a heart transplant, lauded the efforts of all parties involved. Click to find out the company’s other business goals.

“Nut raging” (or whatever the air rage du jour happens to be) on Korean Air flights now carries even bigger penalties. Per a new law, disruptive passengers face up to five years in prison or a fine equal to $41,370 in U.S. dollars. Click for details.

As part of a fleetwide redesign, JetBlue will be providing “gate-to-gate connectivity,” unbroken Wi-Fi service from boarding to disembarking. Revamping of the carrier’s All Core A321 jets will be completed later this year and the whole fleet by 2019. Click to find out more.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus is making its presence felt in South and Central America, and it can cause serious issues for developing fetuses if expectant mothers are infected. So United and American Airlines are offering full refunds to pregnant fliers who had made plans to fly to affected areas specifically mentioned in CDC warnings. Click to find out the details.

They are called “Look Thep,” which translates to "Child God." Via a ceremony, these small dolls are believed to be imbued with the spirit of an angel — and now they’re getting their own seats on Thai Smile Airways flights. Cabin crews must treat the possessed dolls as real people and serve them snacks and drinks. Click to learn more.


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