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JetBlue Pilot Flying Around The World: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 18, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | April 18, 2016

JetBlue Pilot Flying Around The World: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 18, 2016

These are the air travel stories taking off on the internet today. 

JetBlue Pilot Attempting Solo Flight Around the World
A pilot who works for JetBlue will attempt to fly around the world in a Beechcraft Bonanza that he renovated himself. His trip started in Virginia recently, and he has now reach Normandy, France.

Families Sue Malaysia Airlines over MH17
Seven of the 23 Australian families who lost loved ones when MH17 was shot down over the Ukraine are now suing Malaysia Airlines' parent company. They claim that the airline knowingly flew over an active conflict zone.

Qantas Drops Flights Because of Low Demand
Qantas is dropping a number of flights because of low demand on the domestic market. Worries about the economy and uncertainty about upcoming elections have caused many Australians to opt to stay home instead of traveling. Qantas made the decision after an unusually sluggish Easter season.

Delta’s New Commercials Target Los Angeles
Delta Air Lines has rolled out a new commercial that specifically targets the hotly contested Los Angeles market. The spot, which has the tagline “Dream Up, L.A.” was first shown during Kobe Bryant’s final game with the Los Angeles Lakers. The airline is also offering priority boarding to hockey fans in Los Angeles who show up to their gate in Los Angeles Kings gear.


Delta Air Lines may be coming to the rescue of struggling Canadian plane maker Bombardier. The airline is reportedly near a deal that could see them buying as many as 125 CSeries aircraft. Bombardier recently received 45 firm orders from Air Canada. 

A Montreal professor is being sued by United Airlines. Jeremy Cooperstock runs a consumer complaint website called He started the site 20 years ago after an unpleasant experience on United. Now, the airline is suing to force Cooperstock to remove contact information for its management and for some of its lawyers from the site. 

Alitalia is planning to resume flights to China. The airline will be offering Rome-Beijing flights four times per week starting on July 18. The Italian flag carrier stopped service to China in 2013 because it was struggling financially. 

Last week, an Etihad flight returned to the gate so that two passengers could rush to the hospital to visit their dying grandson. The passengers received a text alerting them to their relative’s dire medical condition while their plane was taxiing at Manchester Airport. When they alerted the crew, the pilot turned the plane around and went back to the gate so that they could rush to the hospital. 


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