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Alaska Airlines Inks New Codeshare Deal: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 11, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | May 11, 2016

Alaska Airlines Inks New Codeshare Deal: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 11, 2016

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American Airlines Traffic Numbers Fell in April
American Airlines increased its capacity last month, but the overall number of passengers that it served fell by 0.2 percent compared to April 2015. International traffic, however, rose by an impressive 3.6 percent, so American’s overseas efforts are proving somewhat successful.

United Airlines Offers Healthcare Perk to Employees
United Airlines has made a deal with Chicago’s Rush University Hospital. The airline will cover the full cost (after deductibles) for certain surgeries for its employees. This is part of a larger effort to improve healthcare options.

Malaysia Airlines Improves Economy Class Meals
In an effort to upgrade its image, struggling Malaysia Airlines has been improving its economy class services. The latest move involves changing the presentation, size and ingredient quality for economy class meals. The new meals were created after feedback was collected for passengers.

Alaska Airlines to Codeshare with JAL
Yesterday, Alaska Airlines announced plans to start a codeshare deal with JAL. The partnership with start on June 29 (pending approval from regulators). Alaska has been actively seeking out such deals with overseas airlines after acquiring Virgin America.


Southwest Airlines continues to show improvement in its important unit revenue statistics. LUV posted a 4.7 percent gain in revenue passenger miles and a 4.3 percent hike in available seat miles. These numbers lead analysts to suggest that the airline will make gains this year. 

After an eight year hiatus, Aer Lingus has resumed flying between Dublin and Los Angeles. The Irish carrier will fly the route four times per week. By this summer, Aer Lingus will operate as many as 28 transatlantic flights per day.   

Two U.S. senators have suggested that dropping checked baggage fees would be a way that airlines could help reduce wait times at security checkpoints this summer. Senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal argue that if more people checked bags, there would be fewer carry ons that would have to be screened at TSA checkpoints.  

Air Canada has apologized for charging $4,000 for flights out of the fire-hit town of Fort McMurray. The airline said that a computerized fare management system created the price. Fares for flights from McMurray to Edmonton are now around $90. 


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