Last updated: 11:23 AM ET, Mon March 28 2016

Chinese Airline Among Possible Virgin America Suitors: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 28, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | March 28, 2016

Chinese Airline Among Possible Virgin America Suitors: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 28, 2016

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Air Canada Faces Backlash for Denying Flight
Air Canada is facing a major backlash after a story surfaced about the airline denying a flight to people who were traveling to see a dying relative. An elderly woman was reportedly two minutes late for a flight to Prince Edward Island to see her dying brother and was told she would not be allowed to board.

Foreign Airlines in Nigeria Increase Fares by 100 Percent
Because of a dollar scarcity in Nigeria, foreign airlines have not been able to repatriate their profits. In order to make up for the extra foreign exchange risk, overseas carriers have resorted to increasing their fares dramatically for flights into the African nation.

Chinese Airline Reportedly Eyeing Virgin America Acquisition
Chinese airlines continue to expand into the North American marketplace, and at least one could be interested in acquiring an American carrier. Some industry reports suggest that Hainan Airlines is the “secret” party that is interested in buying Virgin America.


Allegiant Airlines is apologizing after a spate of flight delays and cancelations left passengers stranded at Orlando Sanford Airport. The airline reportedly gave stranded passengers food and hotel vouchers. The excuses for the delays included lack of available staff and “operational issues.”

The fight for Cuba routes is getting nasty. Airlines have taken to the media to criticize their rivals’ Cuba plans. The stakes are getting higher as airlines start to see that demand for the flights will be incredibly high, especially on routes into Havana.

Jet Airways has launched nonstop service to Amsterdam from Delhi, Mumbai and Toronto. The Dutch city will now become the European gateway for the India carrier as it seeks to expand its long haul routes. 

AirAsiaX, the long-haul wing of the successful Malaysian budget airline, has expended its operations to New Zealand. Flights travel from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland with a stop on Australia's Gold Coast. AirAsiaX will compete directly with Malaysia Airlines. Both carriers will offer daily service. 


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