Lonely Planet Writer

Top airline news from around the world this week

A quiet week in airline news saw companies taking January easy, allowing people to fantasise about their future summer travels while staying at home.

Ryanair attributes profits to being pleasant to passengers
Ryanair attributes profits to being pleasant to passengers Image by David Precious / CC BY 2.0

A woman who worked incessantly for up to 40 minutes trying to revive a fellow passenger on a recent Ryanair flight from the Canary Islands has been lauded for her bravery. The anonymous female leaped into action after a passenger suffered a heart attack at 35,000 feet. When the crew asked if there were any doctors on board, the woman, who was accompanied by her two children on the flight, said she had 14 years airline experience.

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Canada's low-cost carrier will not be taking off anytime soon.
Canada’s low-cost carrier will not be taking off anytime soon. Image by NewLeaf

While many frequent fliers in Canada were excited about the prospect of the country’s new low-cost carrier, it seems the company is having some trouble taking off. New Leaf, which announced its launch earlier this month, promised fares as low as $89 CAD for a one-way ticket. But this week, the company announced it will delay sales and refund tickets while it deals with concerns surrounding its license to operate.

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Free Wi-Fi service?
Free Wi-Fi service? Image by Charleston’s TheDigitel / CC BY 2.0

Passengers on board US airlines are more than five times more likely to have access to Wi-Fi on their flights when compared to the rest of the world. A state of in-flight Wi-Fi report by Routehappy has revealed that the world’s intending air passengers have around a one in three chance of getting online during their flight using their own mobiles, devices, or laptops.

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Delta Airline executives were surprised to get a proposal for a boy (8) detailing how to recover lost planes after they crash into the ocean
Delta Airline executives were surprised to get a proposal for a boy (8) detailing how to recover lost planes after they crash into the ocean Image by Prayitno / CC BY 2.0

Delta Airlines has reported earnings close to a billion ($980 million) thanks to cheap fuel prices and the strength of the dollar. But don’t expect any discounts!