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Delta ‘Has Never Performed Better’: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 3, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | May 03, 2016

Delta ‘Has Never Performed Better’: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 3, 2016

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Delta’s New CEO Says Business Has Never Been Better
Delta’s new CEO, Ed Bastian, officially replaced outgoing leader Richard Anderson on Monday. Everyone will be watching closely to see if he can keep the momentum that his predecessor built. Under Anderson, Delta improved its on time performance, customer satisfaction and profitability. Bastian is confident, saying that his airline “has never performed better in history.”

Air France-KLM Selects Veteran Exec Janaillac As New CEO
Three weeks after former Air France CEO Alexandre de Juniac surprisingly quit, the board of directors at Europe’s largest airline selected a successor. Jean-Marc Janaillac, who has overseen government-run train and bus companies in the past, will take the helm. He will have to deal with disenfranchised labor unions and competition from overseas airlines.

Qantas CEO Says Low International Airfares Aren’t Hurting Profits
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has reassured investors that cheap airfares on flights between Australia and the U.S. and Canada aren’t hurting his company’s bottom line. Shareholders have become worried about competition undercutting profits after seeing sub-$900 fares (from American Airlines and Air Canada) on North America-Australia routes.

Indian Airlines Want to Ban Alcohol at Airports
One of India’s main aviation trade organizations, the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), has asked the government to ban the serving of alcohol at airports. Liquor is banned on domestic flights, but it can be consumed at airside bars. There has been an increase in the incidences of drunk passengers causing problems on flights.


Aviation industry leaders in the Asia Pacific region are meeting in Queenstown, New Zealand to discuss the challenges brought about by the exponential increase in air traffic in the region.  

LATAM affiliate LAN Peru has begun flying from Lima, Peru to Washington DC. DC is LATAM’s fifth U.S. destination. The South American carrier already flies to Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Orlando. 

Kosovo’s main airport was closed yesterday after a Turkish Airlines jet with 143 passengers on board skidded off the runway. The runway remained closed for a few hours for safety inspection, but investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the incident.  

Tampa International Airport has seen a spike in passenger numbers over the past year. The reason for this rise in popularity: Southwest has launched more flights and Air Canada has met increasing demand by bringing in wide-body jets. Spirit has also increased the number of flight that it operates out of the airport by more than 50 percent.  


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