Virgin America Has Profitable Start to 2016: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 29, 2016
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Indian aviation officials are cracking down on airports that are using poorly calibrated baggage scales. Faulty scales were found at eight airports in Maharashtra State, including two scales at Mumbai International. The investigation was prompted by passengers who complained about being hit with excess baggage fees even through they were certain their bags were not overweight.
Qantas and recently-privatized Vietnam Airlines have announced that they are giving their joint venture airline, Jetstar Pacific, an injection of cash. Together the two airlines will invest $139 million. This will be used to double the size of Jetstar’s fleet. The move will help Vietnam Airlines compete with VietJet, which now has a dominant position in the domestic and regional markets.
Virgin America earned $17.5 million during the first quarter of 2016. That is an increase of 36.5 percent over Q1 2105. The gains came even though the airline had recently launched service from San Francisco to Maui and Honolulu. (Demand is low on Mainland-Hawaii routes after the holidays).
Edelweiss Air now connects Switzerland with Brazil. The leisure airline, which is owned by SWISS and Lufthansa, will fly two times per week between Zurich and Rio de Janeiro. There will be no direct competition on the route, though SWISS flies from Zurich to Sao Paulo.
Allegiant has launched new, nonstop service between Washington, D.C./Baltimore and Savannah/Hilton Head with one-way routes starting at a promotion $44. The new service will operate twice weekly and expand on the routes Allegiant currently operates to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
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