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Malaysia Ups Air Travel Fees by 1000 Percent: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 6, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | April 06, 2016

Malaysia Ups Air Travel Fees by 1000 Percent: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 6, 2016

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Malaysia Airline Has First Profitable Month in Years
Malaysia Airlines CEO Christopher Mueller has said that his airline was profitable in February. This was the first time in years that the airline recorded a profit for a month. Mueller hopes to end 2018 without any debt.

easyJet Entering 18 New Markets ahead of Busy Summer Season
easyJet launched 18 new routes during the last week of March. These new services include flights to Venice, Bordeaux, Zurich, Hamburg and Malta.

JetBlue Two-Day Sale Ends Tonight at Midnight
JetBlue’s latest flash sale ends tonight at midnight, offering promotional fares are as low as $49. Flights from New York to Cancun are $199. Tickets have to be bought by midnight tonight for travel between April 13 and June 21.

Scoot Using New 787s for Long-Haul Flights  
Scoot Air, one of several low-cost subsidiaries of Singapore Airlines, will use its brand new Boeing 787s to fly long haul routes from places like Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Singapore. Scoot is relatively new to the low-cost, long-haul game, but it has already flown six million passengers.


Air travel in Malaysia is about to get a little bit more expensive. On April 15, regulators will roll out new fees. These represent a rise of 1,000 percent over current levies. Critics have said that airlines will have no choice but to pass the cost on to passengers. 

Air France-KLM CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, is stepping down from his post to take charge of the industry's main international trade group, the IATA.  

Delta Air Lines, a sponsor of both the New York Mets and New York Yankees, is celebrating the beginning of baseball season by offering a special deal to fliers at JFK and LaGuardia. People wearing Mets or Yankees gear will get priority boarding for the rest of this week. Delta is also a sponsor of the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals.  

Some industry-watchers have warned that Hawaiian Airlines could be in for a price war now that two other West Coast mainstays, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines, have merged.  

Trained service dogs will be on hand at Bush Intercontinental in Houston as part of a volunteer program to help passengers relieve stress before their flight.  


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