Airlines Pulse: News and Notes for Nov. 7, 2015
TravelPulse Founder and CEO Mark Murphy talked holiday travel during recent TV appearances. On CBS News, he spoke about the best time to fly in the busy season, while airline baggage fees were discussed during his segment on ABC 7NEWS Denver.
As the investigation continues and speculation runs rampant into what caused the Russian Metrojet crash in Egypt, TravelPulse reported the most dominant theories.
With millions of children flying unaccompanied (and millions of worried parents) around the world, Air New Zealand is introducing a new way of tracking these solo minors. A wristband that the child wears connects to a mobile app that airline employees can use to keep parents up-to-date on their kids.
China has rolled out its first commercial aircraft, dubbed the C919 and built by the government-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China. And while it’s going to be some time before this prototype takes to the skies, this unveiling is significant because the country has been trying to build a commercial airliner since the 1980s.
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, who was put out of action by a heart attack just weeks after taking the position, has issued a letter to carrier employees. In a nutshell, Munoz says he is on the mend and will be back on the job in the first quarter of 2016.
Lufthansa flight attendants just staged a walkout, affecting over 37,000 passengers. Spurred by a union dispute with the airline over salaries and pensions, the scheduled work stoppages will continue through the next week.
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