Here are but a few of the things we’re following at Beat of Hawaii this weekend.
1. Hawaiian Airlines says they’re interested in flights to Hawaii from Europe. We’ve said for years that Hawaiian is interested in flying to Europe, so there is no news here. The fact that they are likely to get upended by a division of Lufthansa, did come as a minor surprise. We’ve also expected to see Thomson Airways get into the Europe to Hawaii fray.
2. Is Hawaiian Airlines seriously considering acquiring Airbus A380 jumbo jets? That possibility made the news this week with a statement in that regard by CEO Mark Dunkerley. As for A380’s, we’ll update you soon on what we believe this talk at Hawaiian is all about. In the meantime, let’s just say don’t start planning for an A380 ride to Hawaii anytime soon.
3. Virgin America’s acquisition by Alaska Airlines is temporarily stalled. Word on the street is that the companies are in a holding pattern while the Dept. of Justice continues to review the plan. While it is nearly certain to go through, some number of additional weeks may be required before any sign-off can occur. Once the companies do merge, they will still run as two individual airlines from the public perspective, at least through 2017.
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