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Delta to Resume Russia Flights: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 7, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | March 07, 2016

Delta to Resume Russia Flights: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 7, 2016

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Air India Using All Female Crew for International Women’s Day Flight
Air India claims that its March 8 flight from Delhi to San Francisco will be the first long-haul flight operated by an entirely female crew. The cockpit and cabin crew will all be female, and so will the dispatchers and the ground crew.

First American-Made A321 Rolls out of Alabama Plant 
Late last week, the first Airbus A320-family plane built in the U.S. (for JetBlue) rolled out of a factory in Alabama. The plant in Mobile was just opened in fall of 2015.

Frontier to Put School Mascot on Plane
Frontier Airlines has started a contest that will allow a college or high school to have a picture of its mascot on the tail of one of its new Airbuses. The winning school will be chosen by a vote.  

How Likely Is Low-Carbon Air Travel? 
According to a column in the environmental magazine Grist, increased efficiency and experiments with biofuels aren't making a significant impact on the carbon emissions of the air travel industry.


Taiwan’s Eva Air has been keeping a low profile as the four children of the airline’s late founder, Chang Yung-fa, vie for control of the company. However, Eva has started to branch out again. It just launched service between Taipei and Istanbul with flights that will run four days per week. 

Delta suspended flights to Russia late last year due to the weak ruble. Now, the legacy carrier has said that it is almost ready to resume service and will begin flying to Moscow Sheremetyevo again on May 16. 

Iran has said that it is ready to buy at least 100 jets from Boeing. The airline manufacturer has, in turn, announced that it is looking into the legal steps needed to make such a deal with Iran. Things appear to be moving forward now, as Iran has officially invited Boeing to Tehran to negotiate a deal

American Airlines is in the midst of an effort to shore up its labor relations. However, some of airline’s pilots think that the carrier’s middle management has not embraced the idea of better employee relations in the same way that AA’s CEO, Doug Parker, has. 


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