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Emirates Helped End UK Cookie Shortage: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 16, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | March 16, 2016

Emirates Helped End UK Cookie Shortage: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 16, 2016

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Emirates Flies Cookies to U.K. to Deal with Shortage
Two Emirates cargo planes filled with 90,000 kg of cookies helped to end a cookie shortage in the U.K. recently. The shortage of some of the country’s most popular brands was caused by flooding in a factory at the end of last year.

Japan’s Low-Cost Carriers Look to International Routes
With fierce competition on domestic routes, Japanese low-cost carriers are looking to international destinations for profits. Carriers like Jetstar Japan, Vanilla Air and Spring Air Japan have all been adding regional routes to places like Taiwan and the Philippines. This is good news for fliers who want cheap flights from Japan to other parts of East Asia.

Munoz Back at Work
United CEO Oscar Munoz is back at work full time this week after recovering from heart transplant surgery. As promised, he is focusing on employee relations, and has already hosted several meetings with employee groups.

Gogo Promises Better Wi-Fi
In-flight internet provider Gogo is promising that its new 2Ku satellite Wi-Fi will be better than its current air-to-ground system, which hasn’t always been able to keep up with demand.


Allegiant Air is expanding more than its competitors. Allegiant's capacity is expected to grow by 15 percent during the first quarter of 2016 and 12-16 percent overall for the entire year.

Uber and Lyft will be part of a 90-day trial at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. Drivers will pay a $3 fee per passenger when they pick up customers at the terminal. This is part of a national trend to regulate ride sharing businesses at airports.  

Eight international flights experienced tarmac delays in excess of four hours during the month of January according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). All the flights, including a Norwegian Air Shuttle that was stuck at JFK for seven hours, were delayed by bad weather. 

Delta Air Lines is following United Airlines and expanding its transpacific flight offerings from the West Coast. Delta has announced daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Beijing that will start at the end of the year


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