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American Airlines Lands in Auckland: Airline Pulse News and Notes for June 27, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | June 27, 2016

American Airlines Lands in Auckland: Airline Pulse News and Notes for June 27, 2016

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American Airlines Lands in New Zealand
American Airlines launched service between LAX and Auckland, New Zealand on June 23. The route will be flown daily using one of American’s 787 Dreamliners. AA started flying to Sydney late last year, so this is its second route in the region.

When Will Southwest Fly to Hawaii?
Fans have been waiting for years for Southwest Airlines to start flying to Hawaii. The airline has resisted the move, though it has been hinting more and more about launching flights lately. Longer-range 737s, which Southwest should be ordering in the next few years, could make it possible for them to fly to the islands from more destinations. A move before then, however, seems unlikely.

UAE Airlines Could Benefit From Brexit
If fewer European carriers fly to the UK, the door could be opened for Gulf airlines. Britain will be looking for new partners and Emirates and its peers and subsidiaries could be ready to step in and fill any voids that are created.

Delta Airlines Pilots Picket for Back Pay
In an effort to inject some urgency into contract negotiations, Delta Airlines pilots picketed in Salt Lake City and Minneapolis. The pilots want to be paid for cuts that they took in the past to keep the airline out of bankruptcy.


easyJet has warned that its third quarter profits might not be as good as expected. The airline did not blame Brexit, however. The reason for the slump has to do with ongoing French air traffic control strikes, bad weather and congestion at its main airport, London Gatwick.

A week after flight attendants went on strike, unions for China Airlines pilots, mechanics and ground crews asked their members to “go on leave.” Negotiations for a new contract broke down earlier today, prompting the strike call. 

Industry analysts have suggested that the number of air travelers coming to and from Great Britain could drop by three to five percent by 2020 because of economic troubles related to Brexit. The biggest problem: a falling British pound. 

Emirates made a mistake by offering $200 round trip fares between Australia and Brazil. About 300 people bought the tickets before the error was discovered. Unfortunately for them, the Dubai-based airline is refusing to honor these tickets, immediately canceling them. 


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