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Iran Air Cleared to Resume Flights to Europe: Airline Pulse News and Notes for June 17, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | June 17, 2016

Iran Air Cleared to Resume Flights to Europe: Airline Pulse News and Notes for June 17, 2016

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Southwest’s Fare Sale Among Best Travel Deals of The Week
Southwest’s latest fare sale includes sub-$100 domestic flights and cheap international fares to destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. An example is a $98 flights from Indianapolis to Washington Reagan, which is about half the price of a ticket offered by any other carrier on the route. Tickets must be purchased by June 23.

United and Continental Flight Attendants Still Dealing with Merger Issues
After nearly three years of negotiations, flight attendants for Continental and United are finally set to make a deal that would fully integrate the employees of the two companies. Since the merger, the flight attendants from the two airlines have still been operating under two different systems. This has made scheduling and combining crews very difficult.

Thailand’s Skies Getting Much Busier
Air traffic at Thailand’s five largest airports is up almost 14 percent so far this year. More arrivals from China and other international destinations has led to this increase, as has the fact that the country is relatively stable politically. .

Malaysia’s Rayani Air Shut Down
Malaysia’s Rayani Air, billed as the first Islamic compliant airline, has been shut down by Malaysian authorities after a series of breaches of aviation regulations. The government started investigating the airline, which only operated two planes, after receiving complaints about cancelations and delayed flights .


Iran Air has been cleared to resume flights to Europe now that sanctions have finally been lifted and the airline has improved its safety record. The Tehran-based carrier has made large orders for new planes from Airbus. 

Singapore Airlines will use its new Airbus A350 to launch service between Singapore and San Francisco. It will compete directly with United Airlines, which has recently launched its own service between the two cities. 

JetBlue has now launched nonstop service between Buffalo, New York and LAX. Introductory fares as low as $99 are available through the weekend. 

Indonesian airline Lion Air has been approved to fly to Europe almost a decade after it was banned from the EU  because it did not meet safety standards. 


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