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Lufthansa Betting on Iran: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 15, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | March 15, 2016

Lufthansa Betting on Iran: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 15, 2016

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Lufthansa Eyes Iranian Market
German airline Lufthansa has signed a memorandum of understanding with Iran Air. The two flag carriers have agreed to talk about “further business and partnership opportunities.”

Passengers Complain When Stop Added to Nonstop Sunwing Flight
Canadian vacation carrier Sunwing added a stop to what was supposed to be a nonstop flight from Calgary to Mazatlan. The plane made a stop in Vancouver to the chagrin of passengers who had no recourse because the flight was technically not canceled so they were not entitled to any sort of refund.

Frontier Airline Improving On-Time Performance
After struggling with on-time performance in 2015, Frontier is apparently back on track. The low-cost carrier has the fourth best on time percentage among major carriers thus far in 2016, and it is number one for punctuality at its hub at Denver International Airport.

Hawaiian Airlines Still The Best When It Comes to Punctuality
Hawaiian Airlines remains America’s most punctual airline with 91.7 percent on-time performance in January of this year. Alaska Airlines came in second with 87 percent of its flights arriving on time. Delta was third with 85.2 percent.


A new bill to cap airline fees could be headed to the floor of congress. Though there is only a small chance that the measure will actually get approved, it could hurt the bottom line of fee-heavy airlines like Spirit and cause major fare increases. 

Minneapolis Saint Paul International may have obscenely-long security lines, but it will soon have live music as well. A local pub called Republic will open an airside outlet that will have live music performances in addition to craft beers and pub grub. 

Cochin International Airport, in the South Indian city of Kochi, is the first fully solar-powered airport in the world. The hub’s electricity comes from a huge 45-acre solar plant located in a vacant field nearby. 

United Airlines continues to expand its international offerings out of San Francisco. The legacy carrier has announced flights from SFO to Hangzhou, China (about 100 miles from Shanghai). Nonstop flights will begin on July 13. 

Southwest is increasing its presence at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) this summer with new flights to destinations such as Seattle, Orlando, Oakland and Denver.  


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