Airline Industry News

Doctor Dragged Off United Flight Reaches Settlement

27 Apr 2017

The Kentucky doctor David Dao who was injured after he was forcibly removed from a United flight after he refused to give up his seat, reached a settlement on Thursday with United for an undisclosed amount of money.

“[Munoz] said he was going to do the right thing, and he has,” Thomas Demetrio, part of Dao’s legal team, said in a statement. “In addition, United has taken full responsibility for what happened ... without attempting to blame others, including the city of Chicago.”

The settlement means United won’t face such a court battle like many observers expected, which would have furthered the damage to their image and would be costly financially.

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Airline Passengers Could Face Restriction On Alcohol Consumption

04 Apr 2017

After a rise in “air-rage” incidents provoked by passengers excessive drinking before boarding a flight, airline passengers could be restricted in their alcohol consumption under a proposal to extend the Licensing Act to bars selling beer, wine and spirits airside.

A parliamentary report stated that “the move is needed to control the sale of alcohol in shops” and would help to promote responsible drinking.

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Inmarsat: The Newest Airline Wi-Fi

02 Apr 2017

Inmarsat is a British company that made its name offering safety communications to ships at sea, but it’s also been in the serving aviation industry for over 25 years.

Inmarsat invited a small group of aviation journalists to Malta to try the new Ka-band service, known as Global Express, or GX. Inmarsat provides a satellite broadband stream, while Honeywell provides an antenna hardware on top of the plane, known as JetWave.

“It’s really too early to hand in a final verdict. The service was meeting expectations pretty well, until it went down, then up and back down again. To be fair, the Global Express system is in beta mode, and they’re working out the kinks,” explains Paul Thompson of The Points Guy.

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Airline Outcry at Electronics Ban as Some Carriers Offer Free Laptops and iPads

01 Apr 2017

New restrictions on electronic devices any bigger than a smartphone have sparked airlines to demand alternatives from the airline industry and new passenger services from three impacted carriers.

U.S. officials last week called to prohibit passengers from carrying any electronics larger than a smartphone in the cabin on airlines flying directly to the U.S. from Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Morocco.

“The foreign carriers are abiding by the restrictions, but they’re not happy,” says the Los Angles Times.

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LOT Polish Airlines Expands Israel Routes

07 Mar 2017

LOT Polish Airlines is set to expand its service to Israel this summer by adding a 1-2 weekly service from Gdansk, Lublin, Poznan and Wroclaw. Click the link below to see the full schedule.

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