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Virgin America Has Profitable Start to 2016: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 29, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | April 29, 2016

Virgin America Has Profitable Start to 2016: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 29, 2016

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Air Canada to Launch Vancouver-Delhi Service
Air Canada will start offering flights from Vancouver to Delhi on Oct. 20. The airline will fly its new 787 Dreamliner to the Indian capital three times per week. Four-times-weekly service from Toronto to Delhi was launched last November.

LATAM Unveils New Design
The process of merging the liveries of LAN and TAM will start this year. In addition to newly painted planes and a new logo, LATAM has said that it will create new airport signage, a new website and new employee uniforms. These changes should start in May.

Ryanair Announces New Routes for Northeastern England
Ryanair will launch five new routes from Newcastle during the winter 2016 season. The airline will start three services to Poland (to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw) and two to the Spanish vacation destinations of Lanzarote and Tenerife. In all, the budget carrier will have eight routes and a total of 30 weekly flights from Newcastle.

JetBlue Launches Barbados Flights
JetBlue launched its first direct flight from Fort Lauderdale to Barbados on Thursday. The route will be served daily. The airline currently flies to the Caribbean vacation destination from both New York and Boston.


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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